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Tescopoly : How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters - Andrew Simms


How One Shop Came Out on Top and Why it Matters

Paperback Published: 29th March 2007
ISBN: 9781845295110
Number Of Pages: 384

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You can shop anywhere you like -- as long as it's Tesco

The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children? In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, director of the acclaimed think-and-do-tank the New Economics Foundation and the person responsible for introducing 'Clone Towns' into our vernacular, tackles a subject none of us can afford to ignore. The book shows how the supermarkets -- and Tesco in particular -- have brought:

" Banality -- homogenized high streets full of clone stores

" Ghost towns -- superstores have drained the life from our town centres and communities

" A Supermarket State -- this new commercial nanny state that knows more about you than you think

" Profits from poverty -- shelves full of global plunder, produced for a pittance

" Global food domination -- as the superstores expand overseas

But there's change afoot, with evidence of the tide turning and consumer campaigns gaining ground. Simms ends with suggestions for change and coporate reformation to safeguard our communities and environment -- all over the world.

This book has been written and published independently from the Tescopoly Alliance and is not endorsed by them.

Industry Reviews

Creative and compelling - The Guardian

'This book should be essential reading' Robert Watson, Head of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

'A compelling argument...find out you really owes what to whom' Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth.

A well written and eye-opening account - News Letter

Introduction : every little helpsp. 1
Identity theftp. 17
Welcome to the dead zone : the rise of the giant retailersp. 51
Any shop you like, as long as it's Tesco : how one store came out on topp. 86
Land, money, goods - and how to get themp. 119
Parasitic retail : why too many chain stores kill communitiesp. 144
A global plan : why scale mattersp. 177
Profiting from poverty : shelves full of global plunderp. 203
How much is enough?p. 231
Win back where you livep. 256
Freshening the dragon's breath : corporate responsibility and the role of regulatorsp. 282
The birth of something betterp. 309
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ISBN: 9781845295110
ISBN-10: 1845295110
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 29th March 2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.4 x 20.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1