Electric Cars

Electric charge points

With the rise of Tesla over recent years, government policies and an eco-friendly trend of cars, electric vehicles have been all the rage over the last 5 years. When walking down the street it is very uncommon nowadays that you won’t encounter a hybrid or fully electric car, as manufacturers are pushing electric vehicles to the front of showrooms and all over advertisement campaigns to appeal to this modern, eco-friendly car market. But one of the biggest problems with owning an electrical car is that charge points are few and far between in some areas, as if you own an electric car and you live deep into the British countryside you will considerably struggle to find places to charge your car compared to someone living in a metropolitan area of the country.

In November of 2018 Tesco and VW announced plans to place more electric charging points around Tesco stores and petrol stations, as every year for the past 5 years there has been at least a 40% increase from the year before in electric car sales, as from in 2015 68% more people bought an electric vehicle than they did in 2014. This is statistical proof that the electric car market will be firmly on the rise for at least the next decade and beyond due to its pattern of exponential growth.

Electric charging points for cars are starting to increase though as the market is ballooning with there being a growing demand for them, as day by day specific electrical charge points are being added around the country and can now be seen at local service stations, which is perfect as you can grab a bite to eat and take a break from the road to regain concentration and energy all while your car if recharging and refuelling outside.

Many businesses and conglomerates are starting to invest in electric charging points as it is very convenient for customers to shop while their car is charging, and this is starting to become a trend of this busy modern on-the-go world. As the market for electric cars continues to grow by the day, more convenient charging locations based around city centres are building built to keep up with the rise of electric cars.

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Food to go & the growth on the market

In today’s modern society people are a lot busier than they were generations ago, people have less time to take part in their hobbies, spend time with their family and even eat. In many households it is rare that a family will come together every night for a family meal, where food has been long prepared and everybody indulges in conversation of how their day was. Furthermore, while at work it is also becoming less common for people to bring a pre-packed meal, as getting food from a shop near their place of work is what many people opt to do now, as it is easier and many people also believe it is quicker.

The food to go market has continued to be on an exponential rise, with financial experts estimating the sector will be worth £23.5 billion in 2022, with its current worth being £17.4 billion, which clearly shows no signs of people eating habits slowing down anytime soon. This is currently one of the most lucrative markets in the UK, and also all around the world. From a consumer standpoint it is far easier to get food on the go rather than prepare food at home, although more expensive to eat out, with the vast array of options and nicer foods so easily accessible it is clear why many people choose to get food on the go, as time is precious in today’s fast-moving society.

This modern ‘food to go society’ has made even the biggest retailers such as Tesco have to adapt to keep its market share and steady stream of income. Tesco are now prioritising the expansion of their ‘Tesco Express’ stores to suit modern day eating habits. This shows a trend of how a lot of similar retailers will look toward the future, with a priority of food made available quick, substantial, hot and easy.

Even the director of foodservice at Waitrose, Simon Burdess, openly said times are currently tough for many big franchises of food retailers as people are becoming very unconventional in the way they eat. With this trend showing no chance of slowing down companies investing in food to go will seem to prosper in 2019 and onwards, as people’s eating habits will continue to change and follow how society is also changing.