One issue coming to a head over the last few years has been the boom n e-commerce and the resulting crashing of "brick and mortar"stores. More than 5,000 retail stores closed in 2017, including multiple closings of many major chains These major retailers have closed more than 5,000 stores in 2017 Thousands more retailers closed in the first three months of 2018 and many more expected 2018 retail closings: The latest news The impact on state and local governments has been huge with a loss of $billions in revenue as a result of online sellers not collecting state/local sales taxes. It may be coming to a head with a Supreme Court decision later this year that will determine if online sellers MUST collect state/local sales taxes. Supreme Court will decide if online retailers must collect sales tax As High Court Weighs Online Sales Taxes, States Get Ready to Pounce And beyond the revenue question for state/local governments is the impact of e-commerce on small independent Main Street stores and shopping malls. The future is uncertain. It has become a priority issue of focus for my organization ....both the revenue aspect and the impact on the economic vitality and quality of life on cities large and small with the potential loss of so many retail establishments. My question is your shopping habits. I probably buy online for more than 50% of my regular purchases, primarily for price and convenience but I do sometimes feel guilty for not supporting a small local independent store and even miss the experience of "live shopping" on occasion.