“Will shopping ever be the same?”

That’s the question atop this think piece in the New York Times, asking many of the questions your correspondent has been wondering, too.

Betteridge’s Law provides a handy answer to this, although the “new and unfamiliar sights” referenced in the column are the relevant focus. The authors discuss both the near-term changes and the questionable reception they will receive from shoppers, many of whom have not roamed stores for pleasure since March.