Global retail trading companies are becoming increasingly important in the international trading system, linking millions of producers to consumers worldwide. This has led to the mushrooming of supermarkets, whose power often goes beyond trade rules. Supermarkets offer a broad selection of goods under a single roof with advantages of parking facilities and convenience of shopping hours that extend far into the evening. While these supermarkets contribute to the wealth generation through international trade, their increasing power poses a threat to efforts aimed at strengthening the links between trade and human development. With their capacity to dominate the market by concentrating the distribution networks in their hands, they have the growing appetite to bulldoze the small retailers and traditional shops out of business.