Grocery chains are adapting to the times by adopting eat local practices  and sustainable seafood standards , but the biggest change consumers worldwide will see in the coming year could be the size of their supermarkets.
Shrinking supermarkets aren't a brand-new concept: Two years ago, we reported that Safeway, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart were focusing on stores with smaller square footage  in hopes to capitalize on the segment of time-strapped shoppers who don't want to spend hours searching for what they need. Now, the small-scale supermarket movement is making its rounds outside of the States. Asda , a British supermarket company that's a subsidiary of Walmart, is also changing its business model to hone in on smaller stores .
There are additional reasons — such as faster inventory turnover, greater appeal to single-person households, and more expensive offerings — to incentivize retailers to move to a smaller-scale format. With mom-and-pop shops and slow food  principles gaining traction, it's possible that we're ushering out the era of Walmart Supercenters and SuperTargets. Do you agree?