Evolution of Supermarkets

Supermarket Origins
Supermarket Origins
The concept of the supermarket was introduced in the early 20th century. Piggly Wiggly, opened in 1916 by Clarence Saunders, is deemed the first true self-service supermarket.
Barcode Revolution
Barcode Revolution
In 1974, supermarkets evolved with the introduction of the barcode. The first product scanned was a pack of Wrigley's gum, leading to a new era of inventory management.
Global Supermarket Growth
Global Supermarket Growth
Post World War II, supermarkets began to proliferate globally. They transformed food retail by offering diverse products under one roof, with US chains often leading the expansion.
Supermarket Layout Psychology
Supermarket Layout Psychology
Supermarket layouts are strategic, often placing essentials at the back, encouraging shoppers to view other products. Additionally, high-margin items are at eye level to boost sales.
Local vs Global Products
Local vs Global Products
Supermarkets balance local and global products. They support local economies by sourcing nearby goods while satisfying consumer demand for international products, reflecting cultural diversity.
Technology in Supermarkets
Technology in Supermarkets
Today's supermarkets incorporate technology for efficiency. Self-checkout systems, online shopping, and smart carts with GPS are innovations aimed at enhancing the shopping experience.
Sustainability Efforts
Sustainability Efforts
Modern supermarkets are adopting sustainable practices. This includes reducing plastic, offering bulk products to minimize waste, and implementing energy-efficient systems for a greener operation.
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Who opened the first supermarket?
John Pemberton
Clarence Saunders
Frank Woolworth