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Amazon Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods sent shockwaves through the retail landscape.

SAN FRANCISCO—Total e-commerce growth is healthy, but it’s always lagging Amazon’s total, with the e-commerce behemoth still taking the largest share of a growing pie, some 45% of the total e-commerce game. Home building professionals at PCBC 2018 learned more about this stark realization in the session, Retail Realities in the Age of Amazon, led by Garrick Brown, national retail research director and vice president of Cushman & Wakefield. In the second of a two-part exclusive, GlobeSt.com outlines the structural issues at play, along with the losers and retailers that have staying power.

Outside of the 2009/2010 downturn in consumer spending during the Great Recession, consumer spending has been consistently on the rise, even as retail bankruptcies and closures have accelerated.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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