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The Making of Tesco: A Story of British Shopping [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Ryle
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From one man’s Hackney market stall to a company serving fifty million customers in thirteen countries every week, this is the extraordinary story of one of Britain’s most remarkable companies. Told by those who themselves feature in it – Tesco’s own employees – it relates a fascinating social history as well as an epic business venture.



Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with Tesco staff, collected by National Life Stories at the British Library, these personal accounts from across the decades are frank, insightful, sometimes funny and, above all, very human.



How, then, did Tesco grow from Jack Cohen’s barrow in Hackney to the hypermarkets in Hungary and Thailand and a home-delivery service to customers from Cheshire to the Czech Republic? Why and how did Tesco survive and (mostly) thrive where other British companies stalled? And what impact has Tesco’s success had on its employees and consumers? Here is Tesco’s authentic story, carefully researched and engagingly written by Sarah Ryle, told for the first time by the people at the very heart of the business.


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The story of one of Britain's most successful companies, told by the people at its heart.

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From one man’s Hackney market stall to a company serving fifty million customers in thirteen countries every week, this is the extraordinary story of one of Britain’s most remarkable companies. Told by those who themselves feature in it – Tesco’s own employees – it relates a fascinating social history as well as an epic business venture.

Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with Tesco staff, collected by National Life Stories at the British Library, these personal accounts from across the decades are frank, insightful, sometimes funny and, above all, very human.

How, then, did Tesco grow from Jack Cohen’s barrow in Hackney to the hypermarkets in Hungary and Thailand and a home-delivery service to customers from Cheshire to the Czech Republic? Why and how did Tesco survive and (mostly) thrive where other British companies stalled? And what impact has Tesco’s success had on its employees and consumers? Here is Tesco’s authentic story, carefully researched and engagingly written by Sarah Ryle, told for the first time by the people at the very heart of the business.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2542 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFTT8WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written social history 15 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
I was expecting a puff-piece for Tesco. This is something very different: a social history of British shopping (and its meaning to the people who do it) through some fascinating (and slightly dodgy) "characters". It evokes the smells of the last 90 years and the class-system that the second world war destroyed. It is strange when a book about a shop leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight 13 Feb. 2014
By CH
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great insight into this icon of British retailing. Not the smoothest of reads but the content is very interesting. can recommend
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