Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk of home decor and furnishings retailers closing their brick-and-mortar storefronts and moving their businesses online. Like many things in 2020, this changing retail landscape seems to have been sped up by the recent health pandemic, with reduced foot traffic making overhead costs unaffordable for many retail locations.
A recent Statistics Canada report noted that e-commerce sales hit a record of $3.9 billion in May, which was over a 110 per cent increase from May 2019. The report indicated that eight per cent of everything sold in Canada is sold online.
Julie Wu co-founded lifestyle retailer Orling & Wu in 2009 with her husband and business partner Fredrik Orling. Opening their first boutique in Gastown, and quickly becoming a Vancouver design favourite, they opened a second