Dirk Knemeyer

Super-stores and pop-up shops

Super-stores and pop-up shops, April 19, 2011

A short comment contextualizing the prediction could go right here

Responding to macro trends in their specific business indicators, Best Buy is shifting their strategy away from towards smaller mobile-centric footprints. Many of us are buying more and more things online, a reality that continues to buffet brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy. We’ve seen this trend manifest in various different ways such as mobile modular health clinics our company has been asked to design as replacements for a large chunk of the diagnostic and clinical interactions we traditionally have with physicians and technicians. Indeed, formidable brick-and-mortar institutions for the fat middle of business will continue to shrink, similar to the way a healthy, prosperous middle class has shrunk here in the United States as well. The future will have more large mega institutions like super-stores and super-hospitals bookend with very small and hyper-local boutiques and carts and micro businesses. But the world those of us in the United States have become accustomed to with myriad stores and shops of all size for every imaginable thing is going to keep on shrinking. Best Buy’s projected evolution should serve as a bell-weather to us all and give us insight into what our metropolitans of the near-future will look like.