What’s The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail in North America? [Interview]

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Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of e-commerce, many have wondered how brick-and-mortar retailers will evolve and continue to appeal to consumers. 

Despite several retailers having to close their doors, Forrester Research estimated that through 2023, 72 per cent of retail sales will occur in physical store locations, and store openings in 2021 were twice the number of store closures. 

Given the forecast, how has brick-and-mortar retail evolved in the last year and what challenges may it still face from online shopping? 

“I feel that retail is not dead, it is evolving. Pop ups offering experiences such as Louis Vuitton taking over the old Barneys on Madison Ave was a huge hit and resulted in retail shopping in the boutique conveniently situated near the exhibit entrance and exit. The immersive experience of these pop ups are intoxicating and a draw to locals and tourists. As a result of our technological advancements the retail industry has readjusted its focus to the customer experience,” said Rena Kliot, Broker and Founder of Pulse International Realty in the U.S.

In this video interview Kliot,  discusses the current state of the retail industry in North America.

Kliot talks about the future of brick and mortar retail, how the sector has come out of the pandemic, key trends she’s seeing, international retailers looking to open stores in North America, the appeal of the North American market to international retailers and how inflation is impacting retail today.

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Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. Mario was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.

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