What are you doing this weekend? This is probably the most asked question on Friday afternoons. If you are like me, you probably look forward to partaking in fun and leisure activities during the weekend. For quite a number of people and especially women, shopping is a fun and therapeutic activity.
How Has Shopping Evolved Over The Years?
Shopping is an activity that people have engaged in since the beginning of civilizations. However, people around the world use a wide range of shopping methods depending on their culture and region.
From the developed world to the traditional village setting, every society has established a method(s) of exchanging goods and services. Most people are familiar with the typical retail shopping setting. However, shopping has evolved into the online space.
For a majority of the population, shopping entails buying food and necessities. But with increase in disposable incomes, shopping has become more of a social and leisure activity.
Shopping Gone Digital
The rise of the internet and the proliferation of mobile devices has disrupted traditional retail shopping and entirely changed the way we shop. Today companies are more interested in creating experiences for shoppers. Apps now afford you an opportunity to connect with retailers beyond the brick and mortar business.
Shopping in The Future
Mobile shopping is now an industry standard and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and chatbots present new possibilities for retailers to go above and beyond to create immersive, irresistible, convenient, personalized and connected experiences for shoppers.
Some aspects of shopping may never change like when you decide to visit local markets, bazaars, malls, and museums as part of your vacation adventure. However, whether you shop out of necessity, for leisure or just for the thrill, the future looks bright for shoppers.