Web brands embrace bricks-and-mortar storesNews / Distribution | OnlineBy PhocusWire | February 16, 2014Share This article was originally published on MARKETING: Travel, perhaps more than any other industry vertical, has seen its former stronghold of physical shop-fronts hit hard by the introduction of the web some 20 years ago. Although it is difficult see a renaissance in travel bricks and mortars, other sectors are seeing an advantage of having that "in-person" presence on the street. Read more on The Next Web.Web shopping has been a boon for retailers and shoppers alike.While the absence of bricks-and-mortar stores help companies keep their overheads down, it also means consumers often pay much less for a product than they otherwise would from a city-center outlet.Coupled with the fact that e-commerce equates to 24-hour opening hours, well, there shouldn’t be a lot to complain about.Well, not so fast. There are many things that can’t quite be replicated by e-tail. For now, at least.Read more on The Next WebNB:Street shopping image via Shutterstock.