Thursday, September 21, 2006

None of the above, please

"What new features would you like to see in future supermarkets?," is the question from Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution today and from the New York Times yesterday, following an article on how supermarkets are changing to compete with Wal-Mart.

Tyler suggests ready-to-buy cooking stocks, beef and chicken. The comment choir at the Times is up to 168 comments so far.

I say, "None of the above, please." No new features, and get rid of the old features. I'd like a modest-sized very local supermarket with less of almost everything:
  • fewer brands
  • less packaging
  • absence of chaotically placed stock for impulse purchase
  • no misleading health claims
  • low prices.
Just good food, please.

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