JCPenney recently announced it will be closing 140 U.S. stores. The news follows American Apparel declaring bankruptcy, WetSeal going out of business, The Limited shutting down… This growing list of closures has led to a slew of “The Death of Retail” headlines and social media posts. You have to actually wonder is it the death of retail? Is it a shift to big-box one-stops vs. boutique specialty stores? Is it just a phase? Are we all contributing to a rubbernecking traffic jam for nothing more than a fender-bender?
Technology has changed the face of retail. It has affected how consumers shop and interact with brands. As ecommerce is growing, U.S. consumers say they still prefer to purchase from a physical store even if the same product is offered online. Technology has created the expectation of convenience and it also has provided the means to deliver it. Here are how these retailers are redefining the shopping experience.