Stalker caught an economics item on the BBC 1 o'clock news about Sainsbury's attempt to fight back against the Tesco phenomenon and its attempts to recover from a profits slump. The Sainsbury's profits plunged from around the £600 million mark to just £15 million. The company Chief Exec. Justin King declared the supermarket group to be "back on track".
The BBC report included an industry expert analysing the Sainsbury's position and message. She queried Mr King's assertion that he was simplifying things to get things back on track. She pointed to the fresh produce shelves saying, " Here we have fresh mushrooms, and at least 9 or 10 different types of them – how is this simplifying things?"
Stalker cannot fault the question as it relates to simplifying things, however, mushroom growers could be rightly annoyed; after years of being told that giving choice to the consumer is what matters, now that is being questioned too.
The only constant is change, as some annoying philosopher once said.