Continuing our global virtual educational tour, we learn next about Dallas Texas. This city is the 9th largest in the United States.
Interestingly, far from Philadelphia where it was signed, you will find an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed on July 4, 1776. In the same Dallas Public Library, you will find the First Folio of William Shakespeare’s “Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies”, far from the UK.
Firsts in Dallas include: the invention of the microchip in 1958; the tallest indoor Christmas tree annually in the Galleria Dallas Mall; the largest permanent model train USA exhibit in the Dallas Children’s Medical Center; the first planned shopping center in America in 1931; the first convenience store, 7-Eleven; the naming of the National Football League (NFL) big game as the “Super Bowl”; the largest USA metropolitan area not near a navigable body of water; the home of gangsters Bonnie and Clyde; and the place where the popular children’s show “Barney & Friends” was created.
For me this particular visit was an updated delivery of my continuously updated “Disruptive Future of Retail” presentation at International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) hosted at 7-Eleven Headquarters. This picture was taken post our visit of their fully automated convenience pilot store (no lines, just scan and go) with my good friend Tom Meehan.
This was actually my last trip in 2019 prior to entering the pandemic USA lockdowns. Great memories from among many industry leaders on the mutual journey to a post COVID-19 much improved future of retail.
As most industry folks know, stores are not dying but stores are evolving. According to multiple sources, approximately 75% of global retail sales will still take place in store in 2024. And many retail pundits predict a “retail renaissance” period with people flocking to stores over the coming years. -from Rethink Retail Read more