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  • Blakemore Wholesale announces Lifestyle Express re-launch

    Blakemore Wholesale announces Lifestyle Express re-launch

    Blakemore Wholesale has announced that it is re-launching its Lifestyle Express symbol group package, with the addition of small and large store formats, updated store point-of-sale material and a new promotional schedule. Developed with independent retailers in mind, Blakemore Wholesale said the new package aims to help retailers grow sales, drive footfall and get new products [...]

    📅June 29, 2015

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  • Waitrose loyalty promotion driving sales

    Waitrose loyalty promotion driving sales

    Waitrose said the launch of its ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ promotion has helped to drive sales, with total provisional divisional sales (excl fuel) for the week ending 20th June seeing a 2.3% increase on the previous year. The scheme offers loyalty card holders 20% off ten products of their choosing, from a list of its most [...]

    📅June 29, 2015

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  • Sainsbury’s announces board changes

    Sainsbury’s announces board changes

    Sainsbury's has announced that John Rogers, chief financial officer, will expand his role to include business development when Helen Buck steps down on 31 July. The retailer said Rogers will have responsibility for group strategy, Sainsbury’s online, Mobile by Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Energy, Netto and new business alongside his existing responsibilities of finance, property, procurement, operational efficiency [...]

    📅June 29, 2015

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  • Lotto changes ‘will drive extra footfall’

    Lotto changes ‘will drive extra footfall’

    Changes to the National Lottery’s flagship Lotto game, including more millionaire prizes and larger rolling jackpots, have been welcomed by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN). Operator Camelot said the update would generate 40 extra shoppers a week for every National Lottery outlet when it launches in October 2015. NFRN chief executive Paul Baxter said: “Independent [...]

    📅June 29, 2015

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  • Retailers hit out at deposit plans

    Retailers hit out at deposit plans

    Convenience stores will be placed under “massive new burdens” if the Scottish government pushes ahead with proposals for a bottle and can deposit scheme, reports this week's Independent Retail News. Zero Waste Scotland has come up with a scheme in which retailers would have to charge shoppers a 10p or 20p deposit on drinks containers to [...]

    📅June 29, 2015

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  • Indies get to grips with social media

    Indies get to grips with social media

    Almost one-third of independent retailers using social media have only taken on the digital technology in the past year as the trade slowly gets to grips with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, reports today's Independent Retail News. Research among 125 retailers by wholesaler Palmer and Harvey (P&H) shows 63% use social media to promote their businesses, [...]

    📅June 26, 2015

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  • Tesco reports improving Q1 sales

    Tesco reports improving Q1 sales

    Tesco has reported a 1.3% fall in like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to 30 May, an improvement on the 1.7% fall seen in the last quarter of its previous financial year. Group sales during the period declined by 0.5%, a slower rate of decline than had been expected by analysts. Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis said: [...]

    📅June 26, 2015

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  • The Co-operative Group announces board changes

    The Co-operative Group announces board changes

    The Co-operative Group has announced the appointment of two independent non-executive directors, Peter Plumb and Stevie Spring to its newly elected group board The retailer said Peter Plumb, chief executive of Moneysupermarket.com and Stevie Spring, chair of the ITG Group and BBC’s Children in Need and former chief executive of magazine and digital publisher, Future PLC, [...]

    📅June 26, 2015

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  • Nisa posts £3m operating loss

    Nisa posts £3m operating loss

    Nisa has announced a £3m operating loss for its financial year to April 2015 following the split from long-term partner Costcutter last July that took an estimated £500m of annual turnover out of the business. The group said it had invested heavily in the last 12 months in a bid to recruit new members and encourage [...]

    📅June 25, 2015

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  • Palmer and Harvey appoints new chief operating officer

    Palmer and Harvey appoints new chief operating officer

    Palmer and Harvey (P&H) has announced the appointment of Helen Buck as chief operating officer. She joins the wholesaler after ten years with Sainsbury’s, where she held a number of roles, most recently as business development director. Responsible for Sainsbury’s online business, she was also involved in the launch of its mobile phone network and Sainsbury’s joint [...]

    📅June 25, 2015

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