Distribution Networks in Mexico

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Types of Outlet

Commercial establishments of self-service offering food products, personal care items, clothing, home supplies.
Wal-Mart, Comercial Mexicana, Soriana, Chedraui
Speciality Stores
Huge areas where one can find special products: hardware, linens, furniture, home remodeling items, stationary, electronics and toys.
Home Depot, Hermanos Vázquez, Viana, Home Mart, Lumen, Office Depot, Juguetibici, RadioShack,
Department Stores
Large stores that sell famous brand names, national and international products: clothing, perfumes, footwear, home supplies, electronics, gourmet foods.
El Palacio de Hierro, Liverpool, Sears.
Discount Stores
Self-service stores that offer good quality products at  wholesale and retail prices.  They  require customer membership.
Shopping Centers
Spacious areas, located in busy sections of the cities, which group together stores and service establishments: supermarkets, department stores, banks, beauty and health spas, movie theaters, restaurants and fast food places.
Galerías Insurgentes, Centro Santa Fe, Galerías Metepec, Galerías Tabasco, Plaza Antara Polanco
Markets and "Tianguis"
Areas reserved for merchants to offer their goods: personal care and esoteric products, plants and flowers, fresh produce, cooked food and handicrafts.  Prices are very reasonable.

"Tianguis" are groups of merchants that install themselves in a particular place one or two days per week and they offer products similar to the ones found in big markets.  Their prices can be negotiated.

Mercado de Sonora, Mercado de la Merced. Tianguis de México.
Corner Stores
64% of personal shopping supplies can be bought at these small establishments where merchants offer products of daily household use and consumption at reasonable prices and provide personalized attention. They also offer advice to their loyal customers.  They sell: food products, dry goods, stationary, flowers, tortillas, hardware, etc.


Evolution of the Retail Sector

Growth and Regulation
The three large commercial zones of the country are: the capital (Federal District) and its suburbs, Guadalajara and Monterrey. There is acute influence of the United States on consumer habits in the big cities. However, it is important to take into account that 20% of the population lives below poverty level and more than 58% in precarious conditions.
Market Shares
The rise of the middle class in recent years has considerably increased the importance of the large-scale distribution sector provoking a decline on the traditional trade. Supermarkets have taken a great space: Wal Mart de México and Mexican Commercial Controller are the main Mexican groups in terms of large-scale distributors. Organización Soriana and Chedraui are provincial chains. 
The concept of mail-order selling and teleshopping is rapidly increasing.
Organizations in the Retail Sector
Ministry of Trade and Industry - Ministry of Economy
Directory of Wholesalers and Retailers in Mexico
Retailing in Mexico - Euromonitor

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