ERIC Number: ED076810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
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The Negro in the Supermarket Industry. The Racial Policies of American Industry.
Bloom, Gordon F.; Fletcher, F. Marion
The supermarket industry is important in the study of racial employment policies of American industry for several reasons: the ubiquitous nature of the industry, its size, the relatively low skill employment requirements, the high percentage of part-time jobs available, and the comparatively attractive employment patterns. The latter include continued growth and relative stability of industry employment, as well as the fact that most supermarket jobs are semi-white collar and reasonably well-paid. This study analyzes the nature of the industry and its various and varying Negro employment procedures and practices, efforts to increase Negro employment, and the difficulties of black entrepreneurs in ghetto supermarket operations. The document concludes that Negro employment in the supermarket industry will continue to expand but that upward movement into managerial positions will be slow, largely because Negro college graduates are not attracted to the business. Coming radical changes in supermarket operations will alter the work and require changes in personnel at every level. Long-range manpower planning and training programs are needed to prevent Negroes' becoming victims of change in this industry as they have in other industries. (MF)
Descriptors: Black Businesses, Black Employment, Blue Collar Occupations, Civil Rights, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Food Stores, Industry, Labor Market, Personnel Policy, Racial Distribution, Retailing, Sales Occupations, Unions, White Collar Occupations
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 ($5.95)
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.