Today I received notification that a physical store I used to frequent when I was young is closing permanently. Having held on until 2019 is quite the feat considering physical stores with knowledge and service has been a NO GO! since the internet revolution in the 2000´s. Today's physical stores are reduced to Clothes, Jewelry, accessories, food and human to human services - basically the things where the need to touch, see and feel cannot quite be replaced by a web shop or AI (yet).
This notification really made me think of the world and where we are heading. See, I spent my post teenage life in the Internet age - a time where information freedom and vendor choices exploded with the proliferation of the Internet. Suddenly the barriers for information and product availability was almost removed - specialty websites, web stores, blogs and forums blossomed everywhere. The price of goods fell dramatically with production being moved to china and sales being done on the Internet. All of it in fierce competition with the new website next door. This killed the traditional stores unless they where heavily specialized and made the transition to the web - an almost impossible maneuver.