And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Anyone near Philly remember the French store Carrefour? It had only two locations in the US, quite nearby each other both closed in 1994: Franklin Mills Mall (now Philadelphia Mills, started 1988), and Voorhees (a New Jersey* suburb of Philadelphia, launched 1992). Since its US demise occurred when I was only six or so, I don’t remember much of the store, except a few bits-and-pieces. (Source: Embarrassingly enough, LOL, Wikipedia)
Incidentally, building an IKEA project could be a great task for a person with high-functioning autism, who happens to be non-verbal. But watch out! If done in a sheltered workshop, not only might it embarrass “co-workers,” but they could get a competitive (“real”) job! Now that’s innovation!
Also, while they do set jobs overseas, and thus it is rare to see “Made in Sweden” for an IKEA product, this really doesn’t matter, because they are willing to export worldwide! With most likely little to owe anyone. The US, on the other hand, only wants to import. Maybe that caused the American demise of Carrefour, because all these French goods may have been unattractive to us (think escargot, LOL), or simply the fact that France and the US just tend not to see eye to eye. But that’s ancient history. If stores were a boxing or wrestling match, the competitors, in this case, IKEA and Carrefour, the latter would get lots of KO’s. Carrefour still thrives, however, in many other countries.
But, as they say, all good things shall come to an end. After all, IKEA didn’t expect to be this good in the USA. They thought, “why share it with the country that has everything.” Carrefour didn’t share that success in the US. But who knows? You could have too much of this good thing (namely, Swedish furniture), that is, once our country can’t stand it (not only mentally, but perhaps physically!)
Three words that are the heart and soul of economics: