Polish retail trade market landscape

Thursday, 13 October, 2022 Food From Poland 39/2022
Maciej Ptaszyński, Deputy President of the Board, Polish Chamber of Commerce
In 2021 and 2022, consumers have appreciated small grocery stores. Before that, they were often largely unaware how much such stores offer. The pandemic has made the Polish people notice how strategically important and how necessary small neighbourhood shops are. The shopping habits have changed. The customers also see that large outlets cannot handle everything, the smaller ones also have a broader assortment. A discount store may have approx. 3,000 items, whereas at a small store, one can find between 5,000 and 6,000 of them, and sometimes even between 9,000 and 10,000 items, plus local brands that cannot be found in discount stores.
As for the most important changes and trends to come, the Polish Chamber of Commerce points out that the package deposit system that is to come into effect should not include disposable glass packaging and metal cans.

Another important part of the retail trade market landscape is the issue of Sunday trade limitation.

Since February, an amendment of the Sunday Trade Limitation Act has come into force. As a rule, the Sunday trade limit has proven favourable to a vast majority of small and medium trade enterprises. The Sunday trade limitation situation would have been simpler and more orderly if, during the latest amendment of the Sunday Trade Limitation Act, the legislator had acceded to the postulates advanced.  Among others, by the Polish Chamber of Commerce, allowing for broadening of the definition of family members who may assist the entrepreneur standing in person behind the counter in accordance with the one already existing in the legal order and letting micro-entrepreneurs use the assistance of students and pensioners on Sundays. One might say such a solution would be simple, compliant with the expectations of the public, and supportive to entrepreneurs. Here, we reach the conclusion that, for the law to be made well and in accordance with the needs of entrepreneurs, public consultations need to be real consultations and the voice of entrepreneurs should be taken into consideration during the legislative process.

Maciej Ptaszyński
Deputy President of the Board
Polish Chamber of Commerce

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