Like it or Not: The World of Small Business is Changing Thanks to the Internet



By Stephen Frank

The world is changing.  It is estimated that is less than five years 25% of the nation’s malls will be closed.  The use of the Internet to buy everything from baby diapers to world cruises is easy, cheaper and also slows down climate change.  My wife and I bought all of our Holiday gifts in 2016 from the Internet—we made friends with the UPS and FedeX delivery people!

“We’ve looked at the warehousing and distribution industry that is growing to deliver the convenience consumers crave. In the towns of Tracy and Patterson, huge distribution centers have created thousands of jobs, with more planned at an Amazon facility in Fresno. We’ve not only looked at the value of those jobs, but also at their future in automation.

We also returned to Baby World to see how it feels inside a store that is literally watching its customers try out their products and then go outside and order the same stuff online. Then we went out to see how Oakland’s larger brick-and-mortar retail scene is facing this down.

In just a few years robots will be operating the warehouses and do the delivery—even some of the UPS and FedEx workers are in jeopardy of modern technology.  Pushing this trend is the $15 minimum wage and the aggressive unions, stealing from the workers.  The times are changing—no more buggy whips either.

Related Article: Oakland Retailers Battle Competition From Online Shopping

Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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