Merchandising: Lack of Big New Titles Leave Retailers With Limited Options Early in 2021

A lack of major new releases heading into 2021 has left retailers with few options for refreshing their DVD and Blu-ray sections.

Some, such as Best Buy, continue to promote catalog sales on its website, such as Blu-ray Discs as low as $7.99. Best Buy did present the week’s modest slate of new releases, but without any exclusives attached to them.

The same can’t be said of Target, where some stores aren’t even bothering to update new-release shelves a timely fashion on Tuesdays. The chain’s Jan. 10 advertising circular didn’t include any section for DVD or Blu-ray releases, though it did tout 50% off hundreds of video games, exclusive vinyl albums and discounts on books.

Walmart also didn’t bring any exclusives to the new releases of Jan. 12, but at least had titles such as Paramount’s Spell and season two of the new “Twilight Zone” on its shelves.

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