Howard Davidowitz says that the economy is starting to blaze. Christmas retail sales were way up, but that increase came from online, not same stores. Home oriented retailers and value based retailers are expanding rapidly. Discounters are crushing it. But there’s a residue of many employees who will be phased out by automation. And 10’s of thousands of stores that will be shuttered. The industry restructuring will proceed ahead for the next decade. We’ll be left with just a portion of the labor market left in retailing. Retraining will only go so far. This is just the beginning. Household names will disappear. There will be a mass redeployment away from retailing and into more profitable and productive sectors of the economy.
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