How America almost banned chain grocery stores

newfoodeconomy.org

A fascinating long read on A&P, the first chain grocer, and how the concept of a grocery chain almost never was. Thanks to business model innovation, cost cutting, and intense lobbying the ‘monopoly’ of the chain store wasn’t broken up. As the author puts it, “the story of how the chain survived isn’t just entertaining in its own right. It also provides the model for how today’s titans of retail—from Walmart and Amazon to Google and Apple—work to preserve their own monopolies, ultimately convincing us that we’re better off without the competition.”

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