The Evolution of the grocery store

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The Evolution of the grocery store

I remember going to the grocery store with my mom when I was a little boy, how times of changed. The evolution of the grocery store is just another example of how our economy is changing, and how important it is for people to realize that they have to learn new skills and evolve with the “new economy”.

How does all this relate to the “new economy”? Well, stick with me because although the grocery stores history may not be a super interesting topic to most people, it is a prime example of how the economy has changed in the past hundred years and what the future might look like.

Mid 1800’s

Grocery stores like pacific tea company or great Atlantic got their start in the mid-1800s along with many other small regional grocery stores. These grocery stores were very small and tended to focus on one aspect of food retail such as “dry grocery” items, where they would sell canned goods or other nonperishable items. Produce vendors and butchers were completely separate stores, but most of the stores tended to cluster together for the customer’s convenience.

Early 1900’s

grocery storePiggly Wiggly stores of Memphis were arguably the first self-service shopping in America. This was the first time in American history where the customer could actually walk into the store, take a product off-the-shelf and then go to the counter and pay.

The self-service tile store was quickly followed up by the chain store explosion that happened in the early 1920s. Small regional change such as Kroger or national tea, started to rapidly expand their service area, some such as A&P even on national scale, operating over 10,000 stores across the United States by the end of the 20s. Most of the stores still did not offer butchers or produce departments and some still offered delivery services and charge accounts, but times were changing fast and most had abandoned these practices.

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How Self Driving Trucks Will Kill Our Economy

Self Driving Trucks

How long before all trucking companies are self-driving? And will it effect our economy?

Self Driving Trucks The way our economy is changing at a rapid pace, we’re seeing the decimation of small town economies like we’ve never seen before. We have to start educating ourselves on the effects of things such as self-driving vehicle technology, and how it affects local economies, especially the ones that are dependent on trucker salaries. 

If you think I’m blowing this out of proportion look at some of these facts.

The economy in North America is incredibly dependent on truck drivers, but what happens when self-driving vehicles are introduced to the road and these jobs start to disappear? There are over 4 million professional truck driver is in North America, and additional 5.5 million people employed who are not truck drivers but work in conjunction with them. That is 9.5 million truck related jobs.

“9.5 Million Jobs In North America Are Directly Related To The Trucking Industry”

No not all of these jobs would disappear because of self-driving trucks, you’re still going to need people to load the trucks and route them, but the vast majority of these jobs would disappear. And we can’t stop there, the income received by these 9.5 million people create numerous jobs for others. The 4 million plus drivers would regularly stop to rest, drink, eat and sleep. There are businesses that solely exist to service this market. Think of all the motels and restaurants that serve this industry as an example. So now you have millions more people that depend on the employment of the truck driver. But you can’t even stop there.

“Truckers Support Many Other Industries Outside Of Their Own”

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