Larger outlets in centralised locations. Each of the global grocery retail professionals knows that it is essential to act fast and gain as much market share as possible, say within the first three years of free  market competition. This means they will roll out with predesigned strategies, aiming at opening the maximum number of outlets within the shortest time, and at contracting the maximum number and output of suppliers. To achieve this speed, the focus will be on high floorspace outlets in strategic locations.

However, a lot of roadside hawkers being replaced by one large supermarket with a catchment area of say 15 sqkm means a marked rise in the need for urban mobility. Where previously the daily requirements of food and convenience articles could be satisfied by a stroll to the next street corner, now it will mean a scooter, car or bus trip (see Box below).