Is retail dead?
Are the future of brick and mortar stores in jeopardy?
What about the retail apocalypse?
Will online shopping take the place of visiting stores?
Upon my recent trip to Edmonton for the Alberta Gift Fair, as I wandered trendy Whyte Avenue, I realized that we should put those questions to bed. Retail is alive and well, and full of promise! In fact, it is, in my opinion, one of the most exciting times to be in business because there is a sense of promise and expecting the unexpected within a store environment. Brands are thinking outside the box more than ever before and brands are emerging that along with selling product, they are caring about the world and community around them.