Unorganized and Organized Retail: A Global Comparison

August 22, 2012
By: Reurbanist

Organized retail or modern retail is usually chain stores, all owned or franchised by a central entity, or a single store that is larger than some cut-off point. The relative uniformity and standardization of retailing is the key attribute of modern retail. The size of each unit can be small so that a chain of convenience stores is modern retail. A single large department store is also modern retail. (ICRIER)

In developed countries, so much of our retail is organized that we rarely hear the term used. Instead, categorizations such as 'independents' and 'mom-and-pop stores' are more common, and are typically references to what is known globally as unorganized retail.

Although a few years dated, I find this table comparison of unorganized and organized retail to be an interesting illustration of just how diverse retail markets are globally. These figures are by no means static; with every passing year, retailers are becoming increasingly globalized and the percentage of unorganized retail in developing countries is declining.

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Source: Impact of Organized Retailing on the Unorganized Sector
Data from 2006, Planet Retail and Technopak Advisers Pvt. Ltd.

Cover Photo Credit: Steve Rosset Photography

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