You know things are bad for brick and mortar retail when Walmart starts closing its Sam’s Club stores. We’re talking Walmart! Retail as we know it is more than disrupted – it’s blown up. I’m as guilty as anyone; I love that I can order everything from makeup to creamer to shoes while sitting comfortably on my couch. But the thought of never going anywhere to shop has other implications – inactivity and feeling anti-social, to name a few. Retailers, not surprisingly, are reaching outside the box (store) to get creative, smartly using technology to fight…technology, with robot carts and digital mirrors, oh my.
Olympics in South Korea
I can already feel it (and not much else, thanks to the cold) in the air – the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat. I’m talking Olympics – not Wide World of Sports, whose tagline I unapologetically appropriated. South Korea is hosting this year’s games, which could bring some off-the-ice drama, given its neighbor. But the Olympics, for me, are all about the competition – I love winter sports – skiing, ice skating, luge (Okay, I mostly love watching them on TV in my cozy, warm Orlando living room). Let’s hope this year’s games allow world-class athletics to take the gold.