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A brief history of food retail

A brief history of food retail PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide a historic perspective on the supermarket industry that has changed from the small Mom and Pop stores to major supermarket chains.Design/methodology/approachThis study is a review of secondary information from trade literature, popular new media and academic publications.FindingsThe changes in supermarkets and food stores followed the trends in how consumers have changed and developed. As consumers around the world continue to change, so will food retailers.Research limitations/implicationsThe author could have included more on the development in underdeveloped countries.Practical implicationsThis paper has practical implication in that to understand that food retailers must continue to follow consumer and technology changes if they want to grow and prosper. To quote Winston Churchill, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”Social implicationsSupermarkets must be responsive to consumer changes and as consumer become more demanding for convenience so must supermarkets must continue to provide it or disappear.Originality/valueThis study is original to the extent that it brought together the different eras in supermarket. The actual changes have been well known. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Food Journal Emerald Publishing

A brief history of food retail

British Food Journal , Volume 120 (1): 9 – Jan 2, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0007-070X
DOI
10.1108/BFJ-01-2017-0033
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to provide a historic perspective on the supermarket industry that has changed from the small Mom and Pop stores to major supermarket chains.Design/methodology/approachThis study is a review of secondary information from trade literature, popular new media and academic publications.FindingsThe changes in supermarkets and food stores followed the trends in how consumers have changed and developed. As consumers around the world continue to change, so will food retailers.Research limitations/implicationsThe author could have included more on the development in underdeveloped countries.Practical implicationsThis paper has practical implication in that to understand that food retailers must continue to follow consumer and technology changes if they want to grow and prosper. To quote Winston Churchill, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”Social implicationsSupermarkets must be responsive to consumer changes and as consumer become more demanding for convenience so must supermarkets must continue to provide it or disappear.Originality/valueThis study is original to the extent that it brought together the different eras in supermarket. The actual changes have been well known.

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British Food JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 2, 2018

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