Did you ever imagine there would be a time when people would decide that going shopping would not be a good or preferable way to spend their precious time?

There are many reasons for this phenomenon: we lead busy lives, long work commutes, population growth, traffic congestion, limited parking, battling rude shoppers and waiting in check-out lines.

Times have changed. There was a time not too long ago when people looked forward to going to small town Mom and Pop stores where they could catch-up with town gossip while doing their weekly shopping. We were a community.

Go back long enough and you might remember shopping the seasonal editions of the Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogues. Mom would fill-out the order form and mail it in. It probably took 10 days to two weeks for the order to arrive.

There was a time when workers got their paychecks on Friday and families would go to town on Friday nights or Saturday to do their shopping. Everyone did it. It was a social event. There were thousands of towns like Mayberry across the country.

But those days changed. Chain stores expanded into small towns and the Mom and Pop stores could not compete. Mega stores like Walmart popped up 25 to 40 miles away. Now, even that era is in danger of becoming so yesterday.

As a result of dramatic changes in consumer shopping habits, developers are reinventing failing mall locations into Town Squares which will resemble small towns. The Town Square will include business offices, restaurants, entertainment venues and retail stores mixed in with residential homes, apartments and condos.

The retail shopping experience is undergoing a revolution that defies description and challenges our imaginations. We may even wonder when we will know the innovations being rolled out will have gone too far in this race to reinvent the world.

What if these new marketing ideas don’t work? If they do succeed, what will happen to the millions of businesses that are unable to participate in this madness? Is no crazy idea off limits, or just not feasible? Apparently not, new retail stores keep entering the market.

Maybe because of giants like Amazon.com, we’re fascinated by the concept that we can go online and buy literally anything we want and the retail juggernaut will deliver the merchandise to our door step in a day or two. Did Sears & Roebuck ever imagine that?

Walmart is proposing to deliver grocery orders to our homes, including putting items into the refrigerator, while we’re away from home. Maybe that’s nothing new? Sixty, seventy years ago we had bread, bakery and milk delivered to our door step.

In the delivery wars, Target is offering same-day delivery on thousands of items for $9.99 per order through Shipt, which will be featured on the Target website. The option will cover 65,000 items and be fulfilled in 1,500 of its 1,800 stores in 47 states. Shoppers using Target’s loyalty card will earn a five percent discount.

According to Nielsen, online purchases account for just five percent of the roughly $1 trillion U.S. food and consumer product market, but it is a fast-growing business. Won’t this be a very labor-intensive business model? Think of the logistics. We may be forced to import millions of workers

Can’t American consumers wait a few days for delivery? Apparently not. Companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target believe we shouldn’t have to wait. Amazon’s business model says it can provide one-day shipping on more than 10 million products to Amazon Prime members in select delivery areas.

The trick will be to find an army of delivery services to get products from mega-distribution centers and superstores to another army of delivery people to take the orders “that last mile.” There may still be hope for the U.S. Postal Service.

Now it gets even crazier. Amazon has plans to use self-driving drones to deliver packages. It’s not a dream. They plan to start in coming months in a few areas, if they can overcome regulatory hurdles. Food Marketing Institute estimates 70 percent of Americans will order groceries online by 2022 and 2024.

They also have visions of using flying drones. They get millions of orders each day. How many drones are they talking about? Who will load them, program them and monitor them. They will need maintenance. Will they fly in inclement weather?

Amazon knows no limits. They are already delivering groceries for Whole Foods Market in 88 cities. The thought of picking up groceries outside the store just wasn’t good enough. They forced competitors to step-up their games. If the concept works for these retailers, won’t other retailers be forced to do the same?

Amazon doesn’t have a perfect record. They recently decided to close their restaurant delivery service called Amazon Restaurants in the U.S. because it wasn’t showing significant growth against the likes of competitors Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats.

They tried the service in about 25 cities representing a limited selection of restaurants. It was a cutthroat business and they discovered that most food-delivery businesses are unprofitable. In fact, they are a financial disaster, yet start-up investors are willing to throw money at any idea.

I don’t think we have any idea what our world will look like in 10 years.