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Supermarket owners seek cooperation from media

  • Published at 07:52 am September 29th, 2018
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Niaz Rahim, president of Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association (BSOA), and other supermarket owners talking at an event held at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) auditorium in Dhaka on September 29, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Retail grocery chains are worried about the non-stop harassment by different government agencies, the owners said

Supermarket owners have sought cooperation from the media in creating a favourable atmosphere for the industry in Bangladesh.

Supermarkets have been providing safe and quality products to consumers for the last two decades, but sudden inspections by the government agencies and law enforcers continue harming their reputation, they claimed.

They made the claims in a view exchange event organized by Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association (BSOA) at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday. 

Chairman of Agora Super Shop and BSOA President Niaz Rahim presided over the event.

In the event, they urged journalists to highlight the positive sides of supermarkets, as media can play a key role in changing the perception of the masses.

"Whenever the police or RAB comes for an inspection, media highlights that fact but our positive efforts are hardly highlighted," BSOA President Niaz Rahim said.

Retail grocery chains are worried about the non-stop harassment by different government agencies, the owners said.

Currently, there are around 40 supermarket chains running more than 130 outlets, along with the e-commerce bandwagon in Bangladesh. 

These shops allow consumers to shop in a much more convenient manner, as they have enough time to examine the products and do not feel pressurized to buy them, the owners said.

The popularity of superstore chains among the general public has increased significantly since the industry first started in Bangladesh in 2001. Agora, Shwapno and Meena Bazar are the three major supermarket chains. 

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