sexta-feira, janeiro 20, 2017

Ver o futuro no passado

Já aqui escrevi muitas vezes que a sociedade criada pela Revolução Industrial e que hoje vemos como a norma, desde o emprego, ao ensino, à massificação e uniformização, não passa de um breve momento e que voltaremos a muitas das organizações que existiam antes da industrialização massificadora.

Por isso, faz todo o sentido ler "Now's the Time for Big-Box Stores to Embrace the 19th Century":
"So diagnoses that pronounce today’s fashions boring or the service at a particular retailer below par may be correct as far as they go, but they miss the bigger picture. If customers are spending less time, attention and income on your entire category, there’s simply less business to go around, even with no management missteps.
It’s become a moralistic cliché to observe that consumers are choosing experiences over stuff, as though it’s a sign of superior character rather than material satiation. But the phenomenon is unmistakably real.
Department stores weren’t always dull places to buy things less efficiently than you can online. In the early days, their wonders included elegant tearooms, suitable for ladies who’d never frequent saloons. Stores held concerts and fashion shows. They provided playgrounds and nurseries. They gave all sorts of lessons, from bicycle riding in the 1890s to bridge and mah-jongg decades later. They displayed original artworks. In many and varied ways, they wrapped their goods, many of them themselves new and exotic, in experiences. “One came now less to purchase a particular article than simply to visit, buying in the process because it was part of the excitement, part of an experience that added another dimension to life,” writes the historian Michael B. Miller in Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store, 1869–1920.
Over the course of the 20th century, the wonder disappeared. The fun lay simply in taking a new purchase home, a trend intensified by the rise of discounters in the 1960s and ’70s and big-box stores in the 1980s and ’90s. Today’s turn toward experiences doesn’t just pose a challenge to brick-and-mortar stores. It offers them an opportunity.
For retailers and their landlords, the future lies in giving customers a place to socialize and learn. Spending time with friends, meeting new people, and acquiring hands-on skills aren’t as enjoyable online. The challenge today is to recreate the old excitement for a new era, selling not exotic merchandise and unfamiliar culture but the pleasures of human contact and physical presence."

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