Originally Posted by bobdadruma
I really think that the physical store as we know it will perish.
I think that advances in technology will make this possible.
We are standing at the threshold of this technology that will allow this to occur.
That is why we are so despondent at the moment.
We just have a glimpse of things to come.
The decline in the ability of retail stores to stock inventory will push technology to take things further.
It was just a little over a decade ago that the internet store consisted of just a written list of products that retail stores had to offer.
Now look at what we have!
This very web site was a dream just a few years ago!
Now look at it, and us, and where we are!
As older methods fade away, new ones spring forth to take their place. We all gotta roll with it.
It's funny, I just saw an internet article on how film is making a come back for photographers. Talk about a pipe dream! For the hard core enthusiasts it will remain, but the fact is, everyone has gone digital many times over by now. Certain processes are just meant to slowly fade away as millions of people turn to the new thing.
But the question that was asked of me by a colleague (much older, btw) was, "would you really want to go back?"
If the stores never really had
everything, with the internet, it confirms that they don't
need everything in stock. In a way, by not keeping stock, there must be some middle man that is eliminated keeping the price a little more reasonable, eh?
Sorry to state the obvious.