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Skingers says: A new tobacco offering from STG

Skingers says: A new tobacco offering from STG

The idea of launching a completely new tobacco brand just one year before the market goes ‘dark’ must be quite daunting – but that’s just what Scandinavian Tobacco Group has done. It is gearing up for the launch next month of Break, a range of three cigarillo products, or little cigars as they are better known internationally. And they will be [...]

📅April 22, 2014

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Editor’s comment: ACS Summit 2014

Editor’s comment: ACS Summit 2014

When it comes to co-operation, there’s no sector quite like the independent convenience trade. The remark was made by AF Blakemore boss Jerry Marwood at last week’s ACS Summit, and I couldn’t agree more. It was great to see retailers from both this country and overseas coming together to share their stories and I’m sure everyone went away with a bucketful [...]

📅April 4, 2014

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Skingers says: Soft drink NPD and the superconcentrates

Skingers says: Soft drink NPD and the superconcentrates

Soft drink sales hit £10.3bn last year and Britvic believes that could grow by another £2.4bn over the next six years. They are big numbers, but Paul Graham, the soft drinks firm’s new general manager, has reviewed all product sectors and come up with a category vision that will underpin its work in the sector. New product development will be crucial to [...]

📅April 4, 2014

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Grocers moving from large stores to convenience formats

Grocers moving from large stores to convenience formats

It is somewhat ironic that as the economy improves, the big four supermarket operators have put the hand brakes on developing their larger store formats, says Alex Munro, proprietary partner in Knight Frank’s Retail Agency. He writes: As a retail development surveyor who has grasped this one (and only) form of retail development pipeline available for the past five years, this [...]

📅April 3, 2014

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Call to halve daily sugar intake poses challenges for brands and consumers

Call to halve daily sugar intake poses challenges for brands and consumers

The announcement by the World Health Organisation that we should halve the amount of sugar in our diets will reopen the debate over healthy food labelling and whether this is the only way to encourage healthier eating, according to Lyndsay Peck, director at customer insight agency Engage Research. She writes: It is going to be important to ensure that the consumer [...]

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Editor’s comment: The need to offer value

Editor’s comment: The need to offer value

It’s good to see independent retailers feeling more positive about the outlook for the year ahead, with the ACS optimism index showing 26% expect to see a rise in sales over the next 12 months. That optimism is reflected in figures from grocery think-tank IGD that reveal consumer confidence, too, is at a three-year high. Nearly one in five shoppers think [...]

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Skingers says: The growth of the spirit beer

Skingers says: The growth of the spirit beer

When is a beer not a beer? Answer: when it’s a ‘speer’. That’s the name some marketing departments have given to the rapidly emerging category of spirit-flavoured beers. Five years ago, the sector didn’t exist. Today, it’s worth £30m and is growing fast – “burgeoning”, according to both SHS Drinks and Heineken, two of the key players in the sector. In much [...]

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Editor’s comment: Tackling retail crime

Editor’s comment: Tackling retail crime

It’s a sad fact that crime remains the biggest operational challenge facing independent retailers. While violent crimes may make the headlines, they are thankfully rare. It’s the day-to-day incidences of shop theft, verbal abuse, anti-social behaviour and vandalism that are the real headache for the majority of retailers. According to the ACS Crime Report 2014, launched at its crime seminar last week, [...]

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Skinger’s says: Low- and no-alcohol alternatives to the big brands

Skinger’s says: Low- and no-alcohol alternatives to the big brands

Many years ago, the drinks industry attempted to produce alcohol-free products as part of the drive to support moderation and sensible drinking. Unfortunately, they met with little success. The drinks were fairly grim and you didn’t drink them unless you had to – if you were driving, perhaps. But all that has now changed. Moderation is still a buzz word and the [...]

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Editor’s comment: The battle for own-label is hotting up

Editor’s comment: The battle for own-label is hotting up

The battle between Nisa and Costcutter for the hearts and minds of independent retailers is definitely hotting up as the July 2014 date for the switch-over to the new buy-and-supply deal between Costcutter and Palmer and Harvey draws nearer. In the last issue of Independent Retail News we reported on the tussle in Northern Ireland, where Costcutter is converting to the [...]

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