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  • ACS voices concerns over auto enrolment pension costs

    ACS voices concerns over auto enrolment pension costs

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has raised concerns with the Work and Pensions Select Committee about auto enrolment pensions and the impact of the schemes on small businesses and their staff. The auto-enrolment process will see most convenience stores enrolling staff in June 2015. Under the new law, all staff must be automatically enrolled in a pension [...]

    📅October 20, 2014

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  • Family spending power up £6 a week in September

    Family spending power up £6 a week in September

    According to the latest Asda Income Tracker, the average UK household had £174 a week of discretionary income in September 2014, up £6 a week year on year. Family spending power has now increased for the twelfth month in a row as families benefited from falling fuel and food prices, which fell 6% and 1.4% respectively [...]

    📅October 20, 2014

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  • Retail footfall dips in September

    Retail footfall dips in September

    According to the BRC/Springboard Footfall Monitor, retail footfall in September was down 0.9% on last year, while high street footfall fell 0.6%. Out-of-town reported the only rise, up 0.5% on last year, while footfall in shopping centres was down 2.6%. British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson said: "September's footfall figures are a bit of a mixed [...]

    📅October 20, 2014

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  • Waitrose begins trial of click and collect lockers

    Waitrose begins trial of click and collect lockers

    Waitrose has announced that it is now trialling its automated, temperature-controlled lockers for online grocery orders in third party locations, first announced last year. Online grocery orders are stored in ambient, chilled and frozen temperature-controlled lockers which can be refilled several times in a day. Customers placing orders will be sent a text message containing a [...]

    📅October 20, 2014

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  • Cheemas quit Costcutter to join Nisa

    Cheemas quit Costcutter to join Nisa

    High-profile Costcutter retailers Paul and Pinda Cheema, who run three stores in the Midlands, have left the group to form a new partnership with Nisa. Costcutter Supermarkets Group retail director Daniel Quest said: “We always regret losing any member, especially one who has been with us for so long and I would like to thank the [...]

    📅October 17, 2014

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  • Pharmacies eye c-store market

    Pharmacies eye c-store market

    Bestway to bring convenience market experience to bear on 700 chemists bought from Co-operative Group as Boots is also tipped to join the fray, reports today's Independent Retail News. Pharmacies and convenience stores could start to come together across the UK following the £620m takeover by Bestway of the 700-strong Co-operative Pharmacy chain, which completed last [...]

    📅October 17, 2014

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