Lack of proper storage facilities, inadequate transportation service, and a lack of quality controls and product grading have been chronic handicaps to Jordanian trade. However, these deficiencies have been alleviated, directly and indirectly, under progressive development plans. Traditional Arab forms of trade remain in evidence, particularly in villages, and farm products generally pass through a long chain of middlemen before reaching the consumer. In 'Amman, however, Westernized modes of distribution have developed and there are supermarkets and department stores as well as small shops. Some local investors are beginning to take an interest in the potential for foreign franchises.
Business hours are from 8 AM to 1 PM and from 3:30 to 6:30 PM , six days a week. Shops close either on Friday for Muslims or on Sunday for Christians. Banks stay open from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and from 3:30 to 5:30 PM , Saturday through Thursday.