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Creative collaboration could be the key to business success

Creative collaboration could be the key to business success

A new report from American Express has investigated the ways in which independent grocers and convenience stores can positively impact their bottom line by collaborating with each other. Mark Roper, head of UK merchant services at American Express shares insights from the findings and the creative ways in which some of the UK’s independent stores are working together. He writes: Independent [...]

📅September 1, 2014

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Exciting times for the UK convenience sector

Exciting times for the UK convenience sector

James Harries, senior retail analyst at industry think-tank IGD, looks at some of the big trends in a sector that is growing in relevance as consumers increasingly look to shop little and often. It's never been a more exciting time to be a UK convenience store operator. ­That’s what one high-profile symbol group operator told me recently. From a value viewpoint, he’s [...]

📅August 22, 2014

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Editor’s comment: Reducing-the-strength alcohol schemes

Editor’s comment: Reducing-the-strength alcohol schemes

While no one likes to see street drinkers causing problems for residents and businesses in their town centres, it’s hard not to have sympathy for those independent retailers who feel they are being unfairly targeted by the increasing number of councils running “reducing the strength” schemes. Independents are being asked to stop selling cans of beer and cider with an ABV [...]

📅August 22, 2014

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Skinger’s says: Plain packs – a done deal?

Skinger’s says: Plain packs – a done deal?

Well, the trade has made its feelings on plain packaging known to the government – the consultation period has passed – but I can’t help thinking it’s a done deal. The government has gone through the motions of listening to the pros and cons, and no one doubts the effect smoking can have on health, but I personally don’t think plain [...]

📅August 22, 2014

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The growing chasm between the number of new supermarkets and new employees

The growing chasm between the number of new supermarkets and new employees

With most of the of country suffering through the recession, the big supermarkets continued their relentless growth, says Dan Todaro, managing director at Gekko. He writes: All too often in this country it feels like every time a shop closes, every time a building is demolished and with every new urban development a new Tesco Metro or Sainsbury’s Local springs up. It [...]

📅August 21, 2014

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Shoppers – Winning the balance of power

Shoppers – Winning the balance of power

Prescribed category agenda Shoppers are now continuously connected both socially and technologically, and they want to live in a personalised world. The growth and development of smart technologies and social media have helped drive these desires and shoppers have come to expect relevance in all aspects of their lives, from the adverts they see as they browse the web to the [...]

📅August 18, 2014

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Editor’s comment: Supermarket wars

Editor’s comment: Supermarket wars

Many of you will have watched with interest the recent Channel 4 Dispatches programmes on the “supermarket wars” currently raging across the UK. At first glance, maybe there’s not a lot there we didn’t know already. The big four are losing market share to the discounters and are responding by cutting prices across the board. Shoppers are becoming far less loyal to [...]

📅August 8, 2014

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Skingers says: Bestway Batleys opens new doors

Skingers says: Bestway Batleys opens new doors

Last week Bestway Batleys opened its big, new, shiny cash and carry in Glasgow, its eighth in Scotland but the first to carry dual branding. The group now has 63 depots in total. Bestway, in fact, bought the cash and carry in April and spent the last few months expanding it from 45,000sq ft to 110,000sq ft. The depot never closed [...]

📅August 8, 2014

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The drivers of change

The drivers of change

There seems to be something of a debate within our industry at the moment over whether UK shoppers are really switching from big main grocery shops to smaller, more frequent shops, says Iona Carter, director at independent shopper research agency Shoppercentric. She writes: It’s a hugely important debate because the big four grocery retailers are turning their sights from large format [...]

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Editor’s comment: Tobacco plain packs

Editor’s comment: Tobacco plain packs

Not every independent retailer we spoke to at the Bestway cash and carry in Park Royal last week was opposed to plain packaging for tobacco products, but the vast majority either had concerns about the government’s planned move or hadn’t thought through the potential consequences. The main worry was that the uniform packs with brand names written on them in a [...]

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