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Cornering the Market – Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business

Susan V. Spellman


This book overturns nostalgic stereotypes of antiquated storekeepers, suggesting that nineteenth- and early twentieth-century grocers were important but unsung innovators of business models and retail technologies that fostered the rise of contemporary retailing. They wrestled with fundamental changes in the structures of retailing and commercial capitalism, including the development of mass production, distribution, and marketing; the growth of regional and national markets; the emergence of new organizational and business methods; and the introduction of retail technologies such as the cash ... More

Keywords: capitalism, grocers, retail, grocery trade, commercial institutions, legal institutions, social institutions, small businesses

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199384273
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan V. Spellman, author
Assistant Professor, Miami University

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