Most people need to find food at a reasonably affordable price and Kroger offers it. HEB store falls behind in this arena because even though HEB offers food items, they aren't as cheap as Kroger. Walmart sells what the people need at an affordable price which brings in more customers. Walmart sells various name brand items in toys, hygiene, food, electronics and clothing. HEB focuses more on quality of food products even though the products are better quality they do slightly cost more. As far as arrangement both stores have like junk food down each aisle or canned goods and all the organic/healthy things on the outskirts. While Randall's is more expensive than both because most of the food there isn't processed. Also, compared to all three stores the customers in Randall's and the environment is more peaceful.
Approximately around 50% of the products were produced in the US the rest is imported from other countries. Imports comprise an increasing share of food consumed by Americans, much of which cannot be produced domestically due to climate conditions and crop seasonality. Further, some imported foods cost less to produce abroad than their domestically grown counterparts. In conclusion consumers prefer an increasingly wider selection of food products, such as tropical fruits and vegetables, premium coffee, and a greater variety of cheese, grain products, and preserved meats so that why most of our products are from foreign places because the US cant' produce it all.
Agriculture and fisheries are highly dependent on the climate. Increases in temperature and carbon dioxide can increase some crop yields in some places. Changes in the frequency and severity of droughts and floods could pose challenges for farmers and ranchers and threaten food safety. For example, while I was shopping at Walmart in the produce aisle I noticed the tomato had spots around it so maybe the climate change may have affected the growing season of it.
Significant improvements in transport technology took place since Von Thunen designed his agricultural land use model. For instance, with rail systems, it became much more cost effective to transport agricultural commodities over longer distances. Further, refrigeration enabled to move perishable products cost-effectively over long distances. Since most of the American agricultural landscape was established in the late 19th and early 20th century, agricultural land use was much less constrained by transport costs. Large scale agricultural regions thus emerged where agricultural land use was influence by distance from major markets and by local geographical conditions.
When comparing the prices between the stores I noticed the only difference between prices ranges from 30 cents to $2.00. Yes, the price difference is significant to those that have a very limited income and don't really care about quality of a product. But for those who care about the quality and where they buy their food products from than the price difference isn't as significant to them. My advice to those that have a limited income is get what you can afford and that you're not limited to only discount stores so get what you prefer but also afford at the same time.