The future is not what it used to be!
Retail has always played a vital part in the fabric of society. If you live and breathe Retail like we do- check out this interactive, historical timeline of the top 100 objects that have shaped the evolution of the retail environment from Caveman to Internet Shopper. The “History of Retail in 100 Objects”, developed by The Store WPP and Intel Corporation, is a fascinating read that identifies 100 objects, illustrates it, tells its story, and shares an overview of what its retail impact has been.
The 6 Ages of Retail Evolution
The collection of 100 objects was framed chronologically within five broad time periods, plus some ideas of what object (or technologies) might shape the future of retail. Here are some of the objects highlighted within the periods.
- Caveman/Shopper as Hunter Gatherer- humans are hard wired to shop! (well, seek out our needs and wants)
- Neolithic Shopper- 8,000 to 2,000 BC: abacus, stone tablet for writing