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Brick-and-mortar retail continues evolution

By Michael McEnaney on Apr 01, 2015

Something funny happened on the way to “storeless retail” as the physical retail store continues to coexist, in perfect harmony in many cases (and in continuing profit) with its online counterpart. According to retail industry analysts PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “If there was ever an institution that has proven historically powerful, long-lived and adaptable, it is the store.” So then, now that we’ve established that brick-and-mortar retail is still standing, we can turn our attention to what exactly is happening inside those walls, and more specifically, what turns shoppers into buyers these days once they enter a particular location? “It’s an interesting question,” began former retailer and now retail consultant Richard Lewin. “The role of the physical store is constantly changing and

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