Wednesday, December 19, 2018

These Retail Trends May Not Make It Through 2019

This author believes fast fashion and grocery delivery are the biggest retail trends that will come to an end next year.  I would love to get your opinion.  By Kelsi Maree Borland | December 07, 2018

The retail industry is rapidly evolving, and trends that were once mainstays have been dying out. This has manifested as major store closures in the last couple of years, and unfortunately, we aren’t out of the dark yet. In 2019, expect fast fashion brands like H&M and Forever 21 to start to show signs of trouble, according to Sean Slater of Retail Design Collaborative.

Fast fashion isn’t the only retail trend that Slater expects to end next year. Grocery delivery efforts, he says, are also on their way out—despite the recent surge in attention. “Curbside pick-up has been a start and stop process over the last few years. We have seen a ton of investment from Walmart, Kroger and Target into this idea, but I think that we are going to have another downturn in the importance of that,” he explains. “This year, there have been a huge capital investment into curbside pick-up, but I think that those investments will go on pause. It is going to be much more about the in-store satisfaction and much less about how fast you can pick up a bag of groceries.”

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Rob-- grocery delivery is actually an old custom, think back to our grandparents days. As stores grew and offered an ever larger choice-- AND women began to drive, that changed. Our family has ordered over the net with pickup at store a number of times. Preference is to walk the store and make choices firsthand. Our "children" now homeowners and busy working Moms, their friends, younger family members with children all prefer to visit the store, making time to view purchases. Delivery from varied services outside the bricks/mortar segment will continue I feel-- however grocery delivery may prove to be too expensive a feature as more younger couples marry, start families and prefer to shop for their families.