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  • ‘Dwell-time’ increase is key to higher spending

    ‘Dwell-time’ increase is key to higher spending

    Independent retailers need to work harder to get shoppers to spend more time in-store, but the increased “dwell time” must be voluntary and not because they can’t find what they are looking for. That’s the view of Davinder Jheeta, creative director at 60-strong symbol group Simply Fresh. Speaking at the launch of the 2015 Convenience Tracking [...]

    📅May 29, 2015

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  • Bestway launches XL Express club

    Bestway launches XL Express club

    A new format for smaller stores is being launched by Xtra Local, the Bestway and Batleys retail club, reports today's Independent Retail News. The cash and carry chain is launching XL Express, which is described as a “slimmed-down version” of Xtra Local for stores that are not able to run all the normal monthly promotions because [...]

    📅May 29, 2015

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  • Morrisons says ‘significant progress’ made in tackling chicken bug

    Morrisons says ‘significant progress’ made in tackling chicken bug

    Morrisons has said it has seen a "significant drop" in the levels of food bug campylobacter in its whole chickens. The retailer said testing between Jan-April 2015 showed a level of 2.3%, down from 11.3% during the same period last year, and below the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA's) industry target of 10% (7% in store). As well [...]

    📅May 29, 2015

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  • Booker takeover boost for indie buying power

    Booker takeover boost for indie buying power

    Booker's acquisition of Londis and Budgens will bring greater buying power and help the independent sector compete in the ongoing price war in the grocery market, say retailers. Paul Gardner, who runs the Nash & Gardner’s Budgens of Islington store in north London, said: “We have to look at it positively. Using the new scale , [...]

    📅May 29, 2015

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  • Trade welcomes Musgrave deal

    Trade welcomes Musgrave deal

    The retail trade has given a warm welcome to the acquisition by Booker of the loss-making Londis and Budgens business from Musgrave Group for £40m – in a deal that has to be approved by the UK competition authorities, reports today's Independent Retail News. Londis retailer Arjan Mehr, who chairs the Londis national retailer council, said: [...]

    📅May 29, 2015

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  • CollectPlus parcel transactions rise 39%

    CollectPlus parcel transactions rise 39%

    CollectPlus has reported a second year of profit, while parcel transactions were up 39% to 18.8m in the year ending 31 March 2015. The company said volumes for the service were up 91% on the previous year, which it said reflected "the strong growth in customer demand for click and collect services across UK retail". Commenting on [...]

    📅May 28, 2015

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  • Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s

    Argos digital stores open in Sainsbury’s

    Sainsbury's has announced that the first Argos digital stores have opened in Sainsbury's supermarkets, located at stores in North Cheam in Surrey and Nantwich in Cheshire. Sainsbury's said the Argos stores will offer the most popular products for immediate pick up, with 20,000 products available for pick up within a few hours at the stores. Argos director [...]

    📅May 28, 2015

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  • New online tool for beer drinkers

    New online tool for beer drinkers

    The BeerForThat.com website will be unveiling Beer Explorer on 1 June, a new digital tool with a visual database of more than 1,000 beers. Users can navigate by style and tasting notes to discover new beers or find similar matches to products they already like. There's A Beer For That has also launched a Tesco campaign, with [...]

    📅May 28, 2015

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  • JTI announces tobacco plain packs legal challenge

    JTI announces tobacco plain packs legal challenge

    Tobacco firm Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has announced that it has filed a legal challenge to the UK legislation introducing plain packaging for cigarettes and RYO tobacco products at the High Court in London. The company says the legal challenge will be about "asking the Court to affirm our ability to use our property rights in [...]

    📅May 27, 2015

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  • Consumer confidence at nine-year high – Nielsen

    Consumer confidence at nine-year high – Nielsen

    According to latest figures from Nielsen, consumer confidence in the UK hit 97 in the first quarter of 2015, its highest level for nine years. The data showed that: people saying that they changed spending habits to save money stood at 56% – the second lowest point on record people feeling that now is a good time to [...]

    📅May 27, 2015

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