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Are we headed toward a ‘retail apocalypse?’

Every day there are claims made in the media across the world that physical retail is heading toward a final and irreversible apocalypse. And yet, we’re also seeing some of the most innovative and customer-friendly reinterpretation of the retail experience that has ever existed.

Retail sales have now missed three months in a row. Retailers are already on book as planning to close hundreds of stores nationwide. JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s, Target, Best Buy, .

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 · Thousands More Stores Are Now On The 2018 Retail Apocalypse Death List Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog, Every year, it seems like more and more retail outlets are going out of business, resulting in the loss of jobs and local supplies.

The retail apocalypse is heading straight for Kroger, Whole Foods, and Aldi. The US has 4.15 square feet of retail food space per person, which is nearly 30 times higher than in 1950, according to CoStar Group data cited by the Wall Street Journal. But demand hasn’t kept up with unit growth.

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Of those three, only Sears appears headed toward bankruptcy protection in the near future, but the other two are increasingly vulnerable if current operating conditions worsen.

The main factor cited in the closing of retail stores in the retail apocalypse is the shift in consumer habits towards online shopping. Holiday sales for e-commerce were reported as increasing by 11% for 2016 compared with 2015 by Adobe Digital Insights, with Slice Intelligence reporting an even more generous 20% increase.

Big retail drugstores aren’t going to vanish any time soon. But we may be heading towards a future where there are fewer of them, they look a lot different, and potentially aren’t as profitable.