By: Sharon Aron Baron
The 80’s were my favorite decade.
This was before many of us even used computers, however, me along with other Journalism students were busy at college pounding away on Radio Shack TRS-80 computers, or lovingly known as “Trash-80’s.” We had no idea how obsolete that equipment would one day be with the two internally mounted floppy disk drives.
I love looking back at some of the commercials from the 1980’s from South Florida grocery stores. They bring back memories of a simpler time. Back in 1980, Publix had just turned 50, and celebrated by kicking off a decade of technological innovation which included transforming all of their stores to include check-out scanning versus items that were individually priced. No more “Price check on aisle 4 please!”
More innovation came in 1982, with the launch of the Presto! ATM network. I can’t imagine going to a Publix or Winn-Dixie and writing a check, but that was the normal back then.
Here are some old commercials from Publix and Winn-Dixie. Not only has production quality gone up, but so have prices on food.