Recently I had the opportunity of discussing consumer trends with Richard Cope, the impressively named senior trends consultant at Mintel, the market research company. It is his job to identify what consumers will be buying in 2014 – and there was one aspect that surprised me – and that was to do with sourcing products.
Whenever the subject of under-age sales gets discussed, there’s always anger among independent retailers that they seem to be the first port of call when people are looking for someone to blame.
I’m always pleased to learn of independent-specific products and promotions, never more so than when David Irwin, director of grocery and convenience at Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB), explained his Christmas plans.
Our feature on store investment (Independent Retail News, 15 November issue) contains some excellent snippets of advice for independent retailers – not all of which need cost a fortune.
Porridge suppliers are getting their teeth into ‘shopper understanding’, says John Nevens of customer, category management and shopper marketing specialist, Bridgethorne.
When I have spoken with independent retailers recently the conversation has often got around to crime and security. Fortunately, for many, it is not a problem, but for others it is part of the daily grind.
Storms notwithstanding, this year’s weather proved a boon for many independent retailers who benefitted from the long, hot summer that sent sales soaring in categories such as soft drinks and ice-cream.
James Russell, commercial director of discount wholesaler Rowan, explains how the discounters are creeping up on the big four and what the major multiples need to do in order to regain their dominant position.
One of the best things about my job is being able to go into trade and meet independent retailers and discuss the pros and cons of retailing – and my thoughts this week are about POS material.
Congratulations to JTI, which has taken a tough stance on retailers caught selling counterfeit and non UK duty paid tobacco by removing its gantry from a store in Cheltenham that was successfully prosecuted for selling dodgy cigarettes.