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Hointer CEO Nadia Shouraboura speaks on the future of retail panel at the GeekWire Summit.

More and more people are shopping online, and that’s not good news for brick-and-mortar retail stores. In response to that movement, many think that physical stores will be extinct in the near future.

Nadia Shouraboura, CEO of the robot-powered apparel company Hointer, disagrees. Speaking on the Future of Retail panel at today’s GeekWire Summit, she said that the argument for the demise of physical retailers is rubbish.

“When you hear that argument, replace the word ‘shopping,’ and ‘retail,’ with the phrase ‘having sex,'” Shouraboura said. “[Shopping and sex] have a lot of similarities. More and more people are going online to have sex — I mean, sex sites are growing faster than Amazon. And, it’s available 24/7. Now, do we really believe that … you can finish the thought.”

That set off a bunch of laughter and lots of applause from the crowd here at the Summit.

“This is why you have women on the panel,” chimed in fellow panelist and Julep CEO Jane Park.

Nadia Shouraboura (second from right) and some of her team at Hointer's Wallingford store.
Nadia Shouraboura (second from right) and some of her team at Hointer’s Wallingford store.

So there you have it — even though you can “do it” online now, people are still having real-life sex. According to Shouraboura, the same goes for the existence of physical retail stores.

Though her analogy was a bit ridiculous, Shouraboura seems to have a good grip on where the future of shopping is headed. Her new company, Hointer, uses robots and mobile devices to find the perfect medium between the benefits of shopping both online and at the actual store. Shouraboura, a former Amazon exec, thinks that her model will change how we shop for clothes.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the GeekWire Summit throughout the day. Head here for a live stream.

Comments

  • Guest

    Imagine the outcry if a male had used that analogy.

  • Ashok Misra

    Indeed, little things tickle little minds, Most of the audience found her inappropriate ( a few school children were in attendance ) analogies amusing.
    Her views were incongruent with the reality of the competitive advantages of ecommerce.

  • corbie

    Maybe for men, but women still want the visual and sensory of shopping in a store. If you get me drift

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