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End of the line for physical retail?

The enduring image of Black Friday in the U.S. in years past was lines of people queued up outside stores waiting to bag a bargain. Just like the Boxing Day Sales in Australia, generations of shoppers were collectively trained to dutifully press their noses against the glass of the front doors of major stores at a god awful hour, then trample each other in the quest to save a few bucks on stuff they didn’t need. As recently as two years ago, this was still the practice in what is now the â