|Smaller stores such as Wal-Mart Expresses are just the beginning of what retailers are doing to adapt to the future of shopping.|
The mantra of retailers such as Wal-Mart has traditionally been "Bigger is better." More space means more merchandise, one-stop shopping and the ability to offer up loss leaders in some product lines to ensure profitability for other merchandise. In terms of inventory and price, the bigger the store the more successful it was. Now Wal-Mart is among the retailers starting to question the continued viability of shopping behemoths.