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The grocery price war looks set to battle on – but at what cost?

The grocery price war looks set to battle on – but at what cost?

It has been an eventful start to the year for the UK grocery market, says Alastair Lockhart, insight director at retail and shopper marketing agency Savvy. He writes: More interesting than the regular Christmas trading updates from the leading players, was that each of the big four made important announcements which strongly suggest that 2015 will be a year characterised more [...]

📅February 25, 2015

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Skingers says: A bold move from Britvic

Skingers says: A bold move from Britvic

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how much sugar there is in our food and drink and the damage it does to our health. I have to say it’s quite alarming when someone spells out how many spoonfuls of sugar there are in a can of cola or a jar of pasta sauce. There is a growing consumer trend [...]

📅February 20, 2015

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Editor’s comment: Seeking advice on the tobacco display ban

Editor’s comment: Seeking advice on the tobacco display ban

The phones at Independent Retail News have scarcely stopped ringing since we ran an article in the last issue calling for independents to take part in a project to help them manage the transition to the so-called ‘dark market’ when the tobacco display ban comes into force on 6 April. The retailers, most of them not attached to any symbol group, [...]

📅February 20, 2015

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Online grocery shopping is leaving big-box supermarkets on the shelf

Online grocery shopping is leaving big-box supermarkets on the shelf

The disappointing festive trading period for the big four supermarkets could be the catalyst for a major change in the way consumers shop for food, according to Nick Miller, head of FMCG at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. Miller suggests we are now entering a new era that will see consumers swap trolleys and trips to the supermarket, in [...]

📅February 19, 2015

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The human face of your store needs a facelift

The human face of your store needs a facelift

In creating a store experience, we tend to focus on what we think we can control says James Anderson, managing partner at Momentum Worldwide. He writes: This is where live experience can be frustrating, since it’s hardest to control the conversation and real interactions that can grow or kill your business. But you can’t ignore that the face of your store is [...]

📅February 9, 2015

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Editor’s comment: Fresh ideas in convenience

Editor’s comment: Fresh ideas in convenience

With the publication by Tesco of its list of stores that are going to close over the next few months, there will be quite a few independents around the country experiencing their own ‘mini fist-pump’ moment. In the greater scheme of things, however, the closure of 43 stores is little more than a drop in the ocean. With a chain the [...]

📅February 6, 2015

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Skingers says: Opportunities in cider

Skingers says: Opportunities in cider

Sales of cider are buoyant, with the consumer focus firmly set on fruit flavours. Almost every cider-maker has a fruit variant, except for Thatchers, the family-run firm based in Somerset. It has followed consumer trends in the past, but has always reverted to making proper apple cider, says managing director Martin Thatcher, the fourth generation of the family to run the [...]

📅February 6, 2015

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From social media to social commerce

From social media to social commerce

Social media is enjoying a retail renaissance, says Ian Jindal, founder and editor of Internet Retailing. He writes: Customers may have rejected the literal interpretation of s-commerce when they opted not to buy direct from Facebook stores, but today retailers are finding new and more creative ways to harness the still-spectacular power of social media. The sheer scale of social media investment [...]

📅January 29, 2015

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Skingers says: The healthier option

Skingers says: The healthier option

It’s not that long ago that someone seeking out ‘healthy’ foods would have been obliged to make a regular trip to their nearest vegan wholefood co-operative to stock up on organic mung beans and hand-knitted tofu burgers. Those days, however, are well and truly over, with more and more ‘free-from’ and health-conscious products appearing on the shelves of our major supermarkets [...]

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Editor’s comment: High-strength beers

Editor’s comment: High-strength beers

The instruction to retailers from drinks industry watchdog the Portman Group not to place any more orders for 500ml cans of certain super-strength lagers after 31 March signals a turning point in the debate about high-alcohol brews. Drinks giants AB InBev and Carlsberg UK have already signed up to a deal pledging not to market single-serve cans with more than four [...]

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