Did furniture stores not get the retail apocalypse memo?

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I keep reading about this retail apocalypse thing. Apparently brick and mortar is dead. It’s time to turn all that space into condos or something. Just yesterday I received an e-mail asking if we were working on any year-in-review/looking-ahead stories focusing on the retail apocalypse. It seems there’s a cottage industry of experts just waiting to share their thoughts on this seeming inevitability. Who knew?

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Allcargo Logistics Ltd. is a logistics company headquartered in India. Its services comprise global Multimodal Transport Operations (LCL, FCL and air services), pan India CFS & ICD operations, Project Forwarding & Crane Rental, E-commerce logistics, Ship Owning and Contract logistics. With extensive global network and strategic international engagements, it operates across 164 countries through 301 offices. Allcargo Logistics is one of India's largest publicly listed logistics companies. With the acquisition of ECU Worldwide, it is one of the largest LCL service providers in the world.

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