The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin and Eric talk about one impressive tactic that Macy's is using to survive in an ever-growing age of e-tail: using stores as miniature distribution centers. While some retailers have tried this in the past, and it's certainly not suitable for all types of retail goods, few have successfully executed the marriage of online shopping and an in-store experience. Macy's approach has created "a thousand ways to purchase" and move from one medium to the next seamlessly. Austin thinks many ailing retailers out there could take a page out of Macy's book.

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