About this time last century quickly finding the horse and buggy business evaporating. They had been left behind when the automobile was invented a couple of decades before. At about the same time a startup called Sears Roebuck and Company was taking business away from many local mom and pop stores. Is Sears and their similar competitors facing extinction here in the beginnings of the 21st century?
I admit that I am one of those who buys the majority of my non-food purchases through on-line retailers. Amazon boxes frequently show up one my front porch after their two day journey from their Amazon warehouses. I think I saw somewhere that this Christmas season more people will be buying on-line than in brick and mortar stores.
Now I admit that, except maybe for my electronic gadgets I am not much of a shopper either on-line of off but I definitely do see the convenience of just turning on my computer to make purchases instead of getting into my car for a one plus hour round trip drive to a local establishment. I realize that retail sales jobs are one of the few still available to those who don’t bother to continue their education beyond their high school years. What will happen when even those jobs disappear? I hear that now many national fast food places are also toying with the idea of doing away with the counter jobs at their restaurants. Will there be anyplace left for high schoolers to find ANY employment? I’m sure these trends had a lot to do with why we are where we are in the political mess we are for the coming four years.
Getting back to the topic at hand, Sears much like their now extinct cousins will likely go by the wayside because of failure to adapt to the new paradigm in retail purchases. It was interesting that the article above mentioned that their CEO is an Ayn Rand devotee. But that is another story….