We've been shopping differently for quite a while now. That once linear path that today seems so simple is gone. It's been replaced with a hodgepodge of interactions and transactions that are highly dependant on individual preferences. I for one, buy all my essentials online. I like to sort, filter, compare and see product details in a concise way. But I still do my apparel and gift shopping in-store because I love the visceral experience of touching things. Other's however, have their own shopping habits. The reality is that we're in the midst of a profound retail shift and as retailers we often wonder what the store of the future looks like? But there are a few common threads that can help us navigate. One. Customers are firmly in charge. Two. Technology is a driving force escalating the pace of change. In this three part blog series, we'll look at the technology that is driving retail change, examine what the future of retail stores might look like, and lastly compile ideas on how retailer's today can prepare.