Retailers have a hard time surviving in these times. More and more brick-and-mortar stores are closing and shopping centers have high vacancy levels. According to PBL (planbureau voor de leefomgeving), shop vacancy levels in 2013 amounted to 7.8% of the total retail brick-and-mortar shops in the Netherlands (Buitelaar et al., 2013). One of the main drivers that is a huge threat for the brick-and-mortar shops is e-commerce. Online retailing, e-tailing, is growing very fast and more people are purchasing goods on the internet (molenaar, 2011).
Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill? Going on vacation to south America and want to speak a decent word of Spanish? Started a new company and want to build a website but don’t know how? Want to become better at playing tennis? Or you possess a skill and want to teach others? There is now a platform called Konnektid, which is a social platform for connecting people in the neighborhood who either want to teach skills or learn them.