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Winner: Redesign the Supermarket

We asked you to help us re-envision the supermarket, and after culling through your submissions and tallying the votes, we have a winner!



We asked you to help us re-envision the supermarket, and after culling through your submissions and tallying the votes, we have a winner! Congratulations to Alison Cross for her innovative grocery store design, which features a circular structure, plentiful bike racks, shorter aisles for easy access, tables for community use, and an on-site garden for produce. She built her concept around the principles of a holistic lifestyle. Sound better than your local superstore? We think so too.

Alison will receive a GOOD T-shirt and a year's subscription for herself or a friend. Thanks to all who submitted inventive ideas.

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Scanning the Supermarket Barcode, from Punch Cards to Vanity Branding A History of the Supermarket Barcode

Thirty-seven years ago, the barcode entered the supermarket—and transformed the way we shop for food.

Thirty-seven years ago today, a strange new computer technology entered the supermarket. On June 26, 1974, a white male by the name of Clyde Dawson entered Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio. He loaded up his cart with groceries and approached the checkout line. The cashier that day was Sharon Buchanan. At 8:01 a.m., she picked a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum out of his cart and scanned it.

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Food For Thinkers: Culinary Rehab for Those Stuck in a Supermarket Rut

Do you ever find yourself stuck getting the same old ingredients at the supermarket? Jessica Helfand proposes a solution.

Over at Design Observer's Oblog, graphic designer Jessica Helfand adds a charming post to this week's Food For Thinkers chorus. In it, she proposes a culinary rehab plan, complete with iPhone app, to help aspiring cooks break out of their pantry rut and effectively navigate "alien supermarket aisles filled with mystery ingredients."

Helfand puts herself forward as the prime candidate for this treatment, as her own supermarket habits have been constrained by early childhood experience:

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