( 4UMF NEWS ) Toys R Us Waives Layaway Fee:
As brick-and-mortar stores face increasingly tough competition from online retailers, chains like Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and others have been expanding services such as layaway to draw customers into stores.
Retailers will be pulling out all the stops for customers as the intensely competitive holiday season approaches, which can account for as much as 40% of annual sales.
Last month, Wal-Mart Stores said it was expanding its layaway program after seeing high customer demand for layaway during last year’s holiday season. Its new program will last a month longer than last year and will include more items than the toys and electronics featured last year. But there is still a minimum purchase requirement and a $15 fee for an open account.
Toys R Us, in contrast, is waiving the upfront service fee for layaway orders created in store from Sept. 4 through Oct. 31. After Oct. 31, a $5 service fee will apply. Also, there will be no minimum purchase price. Customers have until Dec. 16 to pick up their orders.
“We continue to look for ways to help our customers stretch their budgets, and by taking advantage of this free layaway option, they can make a series of small payments over time, as they begin to think about what might be on their children’s holiday wish lists,” said Troy Rice, executive vice president for stores and services at Toys R Us U.S.