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Editor’s comment: Retailers urged to be patient following Costcutter switch

Editor’s comment: Retailers urged to be patient following Costcutter switch

One of the biggest shake-ups in the history of the symbol sector has taken place this month, with Costcutter’s long-awaited and sometimes acrimonious divorce from Nisa finally becoming a reality. Inevitably, there have been some teething problems associated with the switch to the new supply deal with Palmer and Harvey. Retailers have been in touch complaining of delivery no-shows, missing paperwork [...]

📅July 11, 2014

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Skingers says: Highlight deals to build business

Skingers says: Highlight deals to build business

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Nisa Retail Summit in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, where a mix of retailers and suppliers were updated on Nisa’s plans for the future – and there’s one idea I’d like to share with you. Nisa, like most of the symbol group operators, produces an illustrated leaflet highlighting the best deals in-store. Marketing director Ian Bishop [...]

📅July 11, 2014

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Will click and collect supersede home delivery for grocery retailers?

Will click and collect supersede home delivery for grocery retailers?

The recent announcement that Ocado has broken into profit for the first time will be a welcome boost for the online grocery sector, says Alex Munro, proprietary partner in Knight Frank’s Retail Agency. He writes: The purely online retailer said it made an underlying pre-tax profit of £7.5m in the 24 weeks to May 18, against a £1m loss for the same [...]

📅July 10, 2014

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It’s time for independents to embrace supermarket development

It’s time for independents to embrace supermarket development

Town-centre supermarkets can work in favour of independent retailers, says high streets campaigner Clare Rayner Too often, major supermarkets, such as Tesco, are blamed for the “death of the high street”. My belief is that larger, out-of-town retailers can be to blame for this: within towns, where supermarkets offer free parking and vital services, the local community is encouraged to stay [...]

📅June 30, 2014

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Editor’s comment: Summer of sport and warm weather boosts retailer optimism

Editor’s comment: Summer of sport and warm weather boosts retailer optimism

England’s early exit from the World Cup will no doubt take a bite out of retailers’ profits south of the border (although some Scottish fans seem to have been more interested in the progress of Uruguay). Figures from analysts at IRI show British shoppers spent an extra £28m on booze during the first week of the tournament, up to and including [...]

📅June 27, 2014

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Skingers says: Forward planning, ahead of the tobacco display ban

Skingers says: Forward planning, ahead of the tobacco display ban

The tobacco display ban, which comes into force on 6 April next year, may sound as if it’s a long way away, but the trade is already stepping up its support for independent retailers. The various manufacturers have a raft of support available; it’s in their interest to help. ‘Going dark’, as it is termed, is going to make a lot [...]

📅June 27, 2014

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Shoppers don’t want Sunday trading laws to change

Shoppers don’t want Sunday trading laws to change

Is it time to change our Sunday trading laws? Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) chief executive James Lowman says this is a question that customers, retailers, ministers, other politicians and the general public have been asked frequently over the past few years and every time they consider it carefully, they conclude with the same answer. No. As recently as this March [...]

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It’s time to liberalise our outdated Sunday trading laws

It’s time to liberalise our outdated Sunday trading laws

Conservative MP Philip Davies recently tabled five amendments to the Deregulation Bill that aimed to scrap or relax the current Sunday trading laws, and with good reason - the current Sunday trading laws are outdated and it’s time for them to go, says Mark Allatt, co-founder and director of campaigning group, Open Sundays. The Sunday Trading Act, introduced in 1994, prevents any [...]

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Editor’s comment: Convenience, foodservice and on-the-go

Editor’s comment: Convenience, foodservice and on-the-go

The blurring of lines between convenience and foodservice has been going on for some time now, what with coffee machines and food-to-go counters and even full-blown concessions such as Subway in some stores. But is the boundary set to become even more indistinct? It’s a trend I’ve noticed emerging more and more over the past few months, with Nisa’s new-look Local-format [...]

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Skingers says: What’s in a name?

Skingers says: What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? It’s a simple question, but one that is critical when it comes to launching new products – or, in this particular case, repositioning a product. And it’s an interesting tale. GSK has a raft of health and beauty products in its portfolio and is always developing new products – one of which was Maximuscle, a protein drink [...]

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