The supermarket sector remains highly fragmented with no national chains, but many regional players
It is the last major retail sector yet to take the step towards modern retail management systems. Within the sector there are some examples of excellent, modernized retailers mixed with many old fashioned and inefficient chains
The sector competes across formats, both with general merchandise stores and department stores, which invariably sell food on one or more of their floors, and convenience stores and fast-food chains fulfilling the role that supermarkets often fulfill in other nations
Official and formal definitions of supermarkets are misleading and complicated by terminology
KeywordsDepartment Store Convenience Store Food Retailer Large Chain Retail Chain
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