Sunday, December 20, 2015
Western vs Eastern Culture
New York Times - "Walmart Can’t Escape Clutter. Can You?"
"Consumer spending this fall has barely budged upward and many store chains are struggling with low sales and falling stock prices. The reluctance to spend might be a result of general skittishness or a residual fear left over from the Great Recession. Or perhaps, inspired by books like the No. 1 best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Americans are striving to lead simpler, more spiritual lives, free of the stuff and clutter filling up their homes and lives.
They won’t find much Zen at the mall, where stores are cluttered with merchandise and promotions like never before.
There is a basic rule of thumb in retail: The more stuff in the aisle and the more promotional the environment, the higher the sales."