Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 52

Supermarket

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2006 on The History Channel
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Our basic need and desire for food has made the supermarket one of the great success stories of modern retailing. Making customers' visits to the market as efficient as possible has led to bar coding and a scale that recognizes the type of produce placed on it. Explore the psychology of the supermarket including store layout, lighting, music and aromas that trigger the appetite. With a growing percentage of the public interested in eating healthier foods, organic grocers are carving out an increasingly large niche.moreless
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      • According to the Food Marketing Institute, the supermarket industry's workforce of union and non-union personnel is almost three and a half million strong.

      • When the first Piggly Wiggly opened for business on September 6, 1916, its shelves were stocked with just over 600 different items. The average checkout total was 96 cents, but a bottle of catsup cost only 8 cents.

      • There are over 30 million shopping carts in the U.S.

      • The first item barcode scanned in a supermarket checkout line was a pack of chewing gum on June 26, 1974. It is now on display in the Smithsonian Institution.

      • Over three quarters of Americans use coupons to save about $3 billion dollars annually.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It's a half trillion dollar a year industry. Gargantuan warehouses, enormous fleets of trucks, hyper-productive processing plants, climate controlled banana ripening rooms and computerized shopping carts. All fueled by a variety of marketing strategies designed to keep us coming back for more. Now: The Supermarket, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Tim Hammonds
        President & CEO, Food Marketing Institute

        John L. Stanton, PhD
        Saint Joseph's University

        Tom Nartker
        VP of Transportation, Safeway

        Jerry Tidwell
        Senior VP Supply Operations, Safeway

        Joey Kendall
        Order Selector, Safeway

        Paul Jhooty
        Bread Plant Manager, Safeway

        Randall Dei
        Director of Dairy Industry, Safeway

        Ron Brister
        Curator, Memphis Pink Palace Museum

        Bernard Kennedy
        CEO, King Kullen Grocery Company

        Hollis Posey
        Chairman, Next Retail Group

        Jan Jackman
        General Manager, IBM Retail On Demand

        Dorian D'Ausillio
        Event Manager, IBM Industry Solutions Lab

        Steve Michaelson
        President, FreshDirect

        Rick James
        Owner, Piggly Wiggly Memphis, TN

        Barbara Kahn, PhD
        The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

        Bruce Silverman
        Regional VP, Whole Foods Market

        Jim Palladino
        Team Member, Whole Foods Market

        Tara Nowell
        Team Member, Whole Foods Market

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