Main Street retail fears grow
Owners of independent brick-and-mortar businesses have a bleak outlook of the competitive threat posed by online shopping.
Driving the news: A new survey of local U.S. retailers published by Shopify Thursday shows that 82% of respondents agree that major online marketplaces are making it more difficult to operate.
- About 89% of local retailers surveyed say they are in competition with online retailers.
- And of those, 59% say they may be forced to close their business within the next 24 months.
State of play: In some cases, businesses are using their stores as last-mile delivery solutions to complement their e-commerce strategy — fulfilling online orders while providing a local presence.