Our Present Future

In our last blog we talked about what we learned from the collapse of Toys R-Us.
Spoiler alert! They failed to see the trends and adapt.

The same thing happened to Blockbuster, now everyone is into Netflix and Chill. Meanwhile the only remaining Blockbuster is literally chilling in Alaska.
So what is trending now, and what will the future look like?

Let’s begin our future casting with something familiar to us all: food.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Ah yes, the author The Hobbit is so right. Food makes for a better world. That will never change. But what is changing is how we get our food. A major shift is the growth of personal delivery services, such as Instacart. The company is the brainchild of Apoorva Mehta who hated grocery shopping as a kid. Granted at age 31 that wasn’t so long ago. The idea of Instacart is that you order groceries online, or through an application, and that same day someone brings it to your door.

In the Tampa area we have a similar service called Shipt. Have you been to Publix lately? It seems that every fourth costumer is really a Shipt employee. That number is growing daily.

Can you envision a future in which the local grocery store is replaced by one regional hub for Instacart, Shipt, and the like to load up for delivery?

I know what you’re thinking.

Amazon just bought Whole Foods isn’t that a major reversal of the vision?

Excellent question. True, Amazon is converting the traditional brick and mortar grocery stores into their new vision. In that vision there is no check-out line. You take an item off the shelf and your Amazon app charges your bank account. Put it back and the charge is removed. When you leave the store the deal is finalized. Pretty amazing.

But it might not be reversal of delivery trend. In fact, it may a foundational piece in that trend becoming our way of life.

Imagine that you use your app to buy groceries and have them delivered, but you forgot something. Are you going to wait until tomorrow for Instacart to bring it to you? Not likely. You’re going to run out to the nearest convenience store. True, you can do that today. But what if that store was so convenient that all you to do was grab something off the shelf and go? No waiting. Yeah, a great one/two combination.

Is this future cast far fetched? Maybe, but ask yourself. ‘Self, remember when Barnes and Nobles was all the rage – where are they now? In fact, when was the last time you walked into a bookstore? How about a record shop? Millennials ask your parents what they are.

Times they are a-changing.

We at Tabanero Cigars embrace that change but we also celebrate the past. That is why we are creating new ways to buy our handmade cigars online. At the same time we are cultivating the personal experience at our store in Ybor.

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