The recent headlines about retailing are nothing if not provocative. “Shoppers Are Fleeing Physical Stores.” “The Great Mall Exodus.” “Macy’s Confronts the Crisis of the American Mall.” They seem to bolster Marc Andreessen’s prediction that by the end of this decade “retail guys are going to go out of business and e-commerce will become the place everyone buys.”
Improving existing distribution systems, appropriately incorporating digital technology into the physical store experience, and identifying innovative ways to leverage existing real estate will be critical success factors for retailers in 2016, says Rod Sides, vice chairman, US Retail and Distribution leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
Andrew Carnegie’s advice in the 1889 essay “Wealth” was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, to spend the second part making all the money you could, and to spend the last part giving it all away for worthwhile causes.
Put your stretchy pants in storage until next winter: The new year’s coolest trends also happen to be among its healthiest. From turmeric everything to seriously upgraded oatmeal, these are the ingredients, products, and people redefining what healthy looks like in 2016.