Reinventing retail

Technology is having profound impact on retail. Retail precincts form the heart of small towns but the rise of Amazon and other retail websites are putting retail stores all over the world under threat.

Small countries like New Zealand, lacking in scale, are particularly affected. We’ve seen a push for legislation that adds sales tax to overseas purchases to level the playing field, but I’ve always thought a better approach was to change our mindset and compete globally.

It was delightful to see this TV One article over the weekend where Kathryn Wilson has blended a beautiful retail experience with technology.

Kathryn Wilson footwear

Also some great advice from eCommerce NZ on capturing and measuring data to refine what works.

I’m sure many of us feel a little upset when we drive through communities and see empty retail spaces. Rethinking retail so customers are not just in your town but your country, or even the world, can flip this situation around. We can create new location-independent jobs that require great design, marketing and logistics skills.

What I loved about the story was how proactive Kathryn and her team are. There are plenty of marketing specialists and web consultants in every town ready to help retailers navigate this new world.

I hope Kathryn inspires many more retailers to start the journey.

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