Texan boutiques ‘putting up with us’ and ‘not having the heart’ to keep up
A new survey by the Texas Boutiques Association (TBA) shows that most Texan establishments are not accepting the new online-only business model as a viable option for their business.
According to the survey, nearly half of the TBA’s 1,000 members are “not actively accepting or accepting of online retailers as a business model,” and almost half of them say they don’t even have a website or social media presence.
TBA President Jeff Cates says that the majority of Texas residents are not even aware that there is a business business model in place.
In the survey , TBA members reported experiencing problems with the new business model and said they are putting up with the disruption to their businesses.
TAA members say they are willing to continue operating the same way, but are now trying to figure out how to navigate this new business that seems to be thriving.
In addition to issues with the business model, TAA member Jennifer Mardis says they have seen “significant” negative effects on their businesses due to the digital-only approach.
“We are still dealing with the social media and online presence issues.
Our stores have closed.
We have been trying to find a new way to sell merchandise, but the way they’re trying to do it is just not working for us.
We just want to be a family business,” said Mardas.
She also says she is worried about losing the business and that the online-shop concept has become a barrier to entry for other businesses.
“The only way I know to continue is to get rid of the online presence.
I have never felt like that in my entire life.
We are all just looking for a way to continue to operate and just keep our businesses going,” said TAA President Jeff Carrington.
Cates says there are some retailers in the state that have decided to embrace the online approach and are taking advantage of the opportunities that the new technology provides.
“There are some companies out there who have taken advantage of it and are creating some really great business models,” he said.
“If they are able to find ways to create that brand awareness, that brand of excitement and that sense of social connection, they are going to be able to continue.”
The Texas Association of Realtors is also not accepting online-businesses.
The association says its membership has dropped to about 700 members.
TABOR President Tom Smith says he thinks that the business of selling real estate is changing and that people are getting frustrated.
“They are being frustrated because they have been seeing real estate prices going down.
People are being disappointed, they’re feeling frustrated,” he told ABC News.
“I think there’s a little bit of a disconnect with the retail side of things,” he added.
“We don’t think this is the way to do things,” said Smith.
“This is the wrong way to go.
We don’t believe in the idea of selling a business on the internet.”