Among the reasons given was one that really stuck out at me. It was the notion that teens are content doing their socializing and shopping on line. Who needs to go to the trouble of getting a drivers license and driving to a friend’s house or the mall when you can sit in front of your computer and have what passes for (at least by today’s standards) “a life.”
So what does this have to do with Wal-Mart? Well, a population that does not get excited about driving is a population that drives less. A population that drives less does not want to drive to a bricks and mortar store. That’s good for Amazon. That’s terrible for Wal-Mart.
Rear-view-mirror Keep an eye on these drivers’ license statistics. They could mean that the romance of the road is coming to an end and with it many of our traditional, automobile based patterns of behavior. Look in the rear view mirror Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us. Some day you may look and find that no one is there.