@djstardust - I was thinking the same. In the US retail is overbuilt and many stores are essentially selling the same stuff even the same brands.
It seems that these doom-and-gloom pieces ignore that jobs lost at the store level will be replaced by jobs for delivery and distribution centers. Amazon, et. al. must get the products to their customers so how. Also, many stores (Best Buy & Walmart definitely) in the US have in-store pickup which is very handy if the item is very valuable and rather easy to five-finger discount.