The ability of stores to adapt to the new retail environment will be realized in both small successful steps to change their behavior as well as new startegies and overhauls. Here's some evidence from Target. We assume that 70% of the footwear orders were NOT shipped from across the country but from a nearby store, leading to lower expenses and lower air pollution, too.
Footwear News: Target Has Found the Secret to Getting the Most Out of Its Stores, 2018-Jan-9 by Sheena Butler-Young
“We’ve positioned our stores at the center of a continually expanding suite of convenient fulfillment options and made significant investments in our team, which enabled our stores to fulfill 70 percent of all digital orders in the November/December period,” said Target chairman and CEO Brian Cornell. “As we look ahead to 2018, we will build on the foundation we established this year by launching additional exclusive brands, enhancing our digital capabilities, opening approximately 30 small-format stores and tripling the size of our remodel program to more than 325 stores.”
He added, “We will also remain focused on rapidly scaling up new fulfillment options including Same Day Delivery, which will be enabled by our acquisition of Shipt and our recently launched Drive Up service.”