Blaming the collapse of the high street on the internet is to miss the point completely.
The high street has died as a result of chronic mismanagement by local and national government.
You’re not telling me that they didn’t know what the result of their policies would be by allowing more and more out of town shopping centres to be built, increasing business rates year on year on the small shop-keeper, making it damn near impossible for anyone apart from the disabled and those dependent on public transport to get into the high street.
Of course they knew what they were doing. Didn’t they? When did the public sector and the politicians ever wreck anything by accident?
Councils and governments only ever plan for the short term, they saw retail as an opportunity for a local/national government income boost. What is happening to high street shopping is retail evolution, I can now see what I want to buy on my computer and get it delivered to my home often free of delivery charge, why would I want to go to the high street?
People will still shop in town centres – very probably for fresh food, as you suggest – but I specified that they will be quite happy to have the non-perishables delivered. What’s the point of hauling home a case of tinned dog food, a box of washing powder or a bag of sugar when you can order it online and get it delivered?
This is from a report called “Future trends in UK groceries and analysis of market participant strategies”. Given that Britain is already the largest internet retail market in Europe and growing exponentially I’m pretty sure they have under-estimated the potential increase – I expect it to at least treble by 2018.
“Slowly, but surely, the UK grocery
market is changing. Recent interim updates highlighted some of the
processes at work in this important sector. This article seeks to
identify some of the possible future trends for the industry and analyse
the big three UK listed supermarkets: Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons
to see who has and is developing the business that will reflect and
benefit most from changing consumer behaviour.
Online grocery sales are predicted to
double from £5.6bn today to £11.1bn in 2018. This will still only amount
to around 5% of the UK grocery market, but is indicative of a trend
that is likely to continue. The growth is caused by changes in shopping
habits as the convenience of online ordering and home delivery removes
the need for long physical shopping trips. Due to spending migrating
online, an easy to use and popular internet platform coupled with an
efficient fulfilment system will be vital for successful grocers of the
There is much more: http://www.bristolbis.co.uk/fu…
Yes – farmers’ markets are growing, but they are held in town centres, not in the car parks of soulless sheds or out-of-town shopping centres. Town centres may very well see the return of specialists like butchers and greengrocers too: if that happens, the supermarket chains will want to be there to capture some of that footfall.