At what price does the convenience and efficacy of online trading really comes? Or does it render opportunities for countryside shops?
The degeneration of our countryside (again)…
As more people live and work in cities, brick and mortar businesses in the countryside battle to keep their doors open. Those customers that haven’t yet move to the city are old with limited resources.
Furthermore, it cost retail businesses a lot of money to get merchandise to the countryside and even more to carry the inventory. The customers of countryside shops are frequently disappointed when there is not much products to choose from, or the shops do not have products in stock that they need.
And then the Internet with its online shops arrived in the countryside.
The Internet has brought the countryside customers to city business. Not only did they find their products on the Internet, they could choose from a variety of brands.
Countryside customers quickly switched to online business. Because they find it cheaper and more convenient as their purchase is delivered at their doorstep.
The online shops caused the demise of Brick and Mortar shops in the countryside.
Vaughan Johnson said that online shops have contributed to the demise of the countryside of Queensland, Australia. As result, shops have closed and people have lost their jobs. Subsequently, the local suppliers to the shops now have nowhere to go with their produce.
Are online shops really killing the countryside?
Outcomes for countryside shops.
Vaughan Johnson proposed that the government of Australia control (tax) the “unfair” advantage that online shops.
I think it will be better if countryside shops reinvent themselves:
• Tourism – target the city customers that “take a break” in the countryside. Offer to them the countryside experience;
• Start your own “countryside” online shop – see what artifacts and produce from your country town or district you can sell via the Internet.
For many countryside shops it may feel that the “end are near”. However, stand a yard back and maybe you will see opportunities rather than threats.
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