Consumers buy a lot more online, the cost of keeping a store open can be recovered from fewer customers, and there is a recession (the consequences of it).
However, consumer behaviour has changed, but is not the only cause.
In the second half of the twentieth century, in the course of approximately 50 years, all the brown cafés entered the bottle.Reason was the advent of television. Depending on the quality and quantity of the offer, more cafés had to close. The answer of the sector was the eatery. A limited number of relatively inexpensive quality meals that keep the middle between what is offered in a frying and a restaurant proved to be the resort.
The retail chains go bankrupt because the internet shopping makes an entrance.I have seen people in a shoe store shoes fit with their cellphone in hand. “Yes, that’s the right size, just order (via the Internet)”. Painful and deadly for the shop and the shopkeeper.
The answer to this phenomenon is not yet with certainty.That will only be the only thing if the transition from street shopping to home shopping is complete.
A possible answer could be what the ANWB in the Netherlands applies.They have consoles on which the customer has direct contact with the ANWB-webshop. If the customer orders from the console, he has a certain advantage with it.
Also playing with offering discounts at times and the late is a good tool.My preference for shoes is the hiking shoe that the ANWB offers. I always wait until those shoes are offered with a nice discount.
Another answer is the clustering of a number of stores in one location with lots and comfortable parking possibilities right in front of the store.A person who wants enough movement, rides to the fitness center and parking right outside the door. So also with shopping. Preferably there are still a few sellers of burgers or spring rolls active from their food truck.
Of change-buying online-and a sign that the freely disposable income of consumers and families is hugely under pressure.
All that money goes to mortgage, insurance and health expenses, nuts, the car and taxes.The only busy shops I see now are Lidl, action, H & M and Primark. I see it for the rest bleak in it.
Traditional store chains react too slowly to ecommerce development.Ecommerce requires different skills than a traditional store.
The store chains are too late with the change or take it not seriously enough.The shops that do well will survive.
The chain chains that want to participate in this growth must move their focus to ecommerce.And offer an extra service in the store that you can combine online and offline with.
I am also surprised that more and more shops disappear here in Hasselt.And indeed: Often it’s about chain stores, while you’d expect the reverse, because a retail chain can usually sell cheaper.
What certainly plays in Flanders is the rising poverty.Even two earning officers have a more difficult financial impact.
Saving is definitely a factor.