The normal scene of walking into a store and looking through their inventory in order to purchase a product or products that you need is getting more and more outdated. There are many reasons why this is going away, and all of the reasons center around the Internet.
The first reason people are moving from shopping in physical locations to shopping online is comfort. With the introduction of the Internet, people now have the ability to shop from the comfort of their own home. They can even stay in their pajamas if they want! The convenience and comfort of shopping while sitting on your couch, is much more appealing than getting all ready and driving to a store that may or may not have what you are looking for.
And that brings me to my next point, selection. Physical store locations often have aisles and aisles of products for customers to choose from, but that does not always mean they have what you are looking for. When you drive to a store, you are going in the hopes that the product you need will be in stock, but unless you call ahead, you have no way of knowing whether or not it will be there. When shopping using online stores, you never have to waste your time by risking a drive to a store just to find out your product is not there. Online stores have a ton more products for you to choose from.
And one of the most important points driving people to purchase on the Internet is price. Online stores do not have to accrue the costs of sales associates, rent on a physical location, or bills for that physical location. So without these overhead costs, online stores have the ability to charge lower prices; prices that stores with physical locations just cannot afford to match.
This transformation from shopping at physical locations to shopping online can be seen in almost any industry; the lighting industry is following this new societal norm. Now consumers, both residential and commercial, are searching for their products on the Internet. Home grown, local lighting stores are suffering because they cannot compete with the convenience, selection, and prices of online stores.
The most important point in all of this, though, is that consumers are getting better deals. People are shopping more conveniently, are offered a better selection, and are getting better prices.