QES Scholar Ning Dai reports from Nanjing

Ning Dai did his QEScholarship with the HCP Partner, the Nanjing University. Ning spent three months working under the supervision of Dr. Taiyang Zhong. In addition to participating in various leadership and community engagement activities, Ning undertook research on the effects of the expansion of supermarkets on wet markets and the informal food markets in Nanjing. Given the diversity and density of food retail outlets in Nanjing, the physical accessibility to food is not a significant challenge to average residents, but access to safe and affordable foods is more of a concern. Moreover, competition within the retail market tightens as some traditional markets go through expensive renovations and lift food prices, while modern food stores intentionally lower their price to enter the market and sell membership cards to maintain loyal customers. The various types of food vendors and wet markets in Nanjing can be seen below

wet market near Nanjing University’s Xianlin campus

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mobile street food markets that sell wild vegetables they collect in the city

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unregistered storefronts in run-down houses

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registered and government-subsidized “affordable food stores” with a screen on the wall displaying their cheap prices

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modern community food stores

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upscale organic food stores that sell by their known quality and safety guarantee (in modern/upscale stores everything is wrapped in plastic).

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online fresh food stores that deliver food directly to your home within an hour of your order,

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