By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We know you’re ready for the weekend, so we’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From the future of retail stores to the joys of outdoor living, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

hand holding credit cardThe Future of Retail Is Stores That Aren’t Stores | Joe Pinsker: With the advent of e-commerce, omni-channel, and the like, the retail world has had to change quickly, or be left behind. This article is a thoughtful look at what the retail landscape will be like in the future. As stores become less about “stuff” and more about “experience”, what a store is and why consumers would go there will radically shift.

The Supreme Court Didn’t See E-Commerce Coming | Daniel Hemel: Speaking of e-commerce, the prices people pay when shopping online may be changing. The Supreme Court has an opportunity to decide if and how sales taxes should be collected on goods purchased online. Some e-retailers, such as Amazon, already charge appropriate sales tax, but other e-retailers haven’t been required to, based on an older Supreme Court decision.

Open Season for outdoor products | HBSDealer Staff: Consumers are embracing outdoor living beyond the summer months, and outdoor products are reaping the benefit. Between the weather staying warmer for longer, and a growing appetite for outdoor spaces (especially kitchens), retailers and manufacturers have plenty of opportunity to cash in. Have you noticed an uptick in outdoor living products? Drop us a line on twitter and let us know!

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