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E-payments and technology

More than ever, independent retailers need to keep up with the technological evolution of electronic payments and other cutting-edge technology if they do not want to lose out to competitors who embrace the latest developments. One of the most visible ...

Fever pitch

The winter colds and flu season is already a well-established sales-driver for independent retailers who stock over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as throat lozenges, painkillers and decongestants. That market is estimated to be worth £82m a year to convenience stores and, ...

Five top tips to grow your laundry sales

The average UK household puts on four to five washes a week. This provides a huge opportunity for convenience retailers to grow their laundry sales. Looking to boost your customers’ laundry basket spend? Here are five tips to help: 1. ...

Baby boom

The baby category is perfectly suited to the convenience channel, as its products are often bought as top-up or emergency purchases. Larger supermarkets are often further away from home, so having a well-stocked range of baby and child care products ...

Ready for Ramadan

The month-long event of Ramadan (15 May to 14 June 2018) is an important period for the majority of Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims and as such presents retailers with an opportunity to grow sales of suitable products, in particular world ...

Back of the net

The summer sporting scene will be dominated by the World Cup being played out in Russia in June and July and the convenience trade can expect to see a big uplift in trade, especially when the England team is in ...

Snack attack

The snacking category has grown significantly, with 93% of shoppers eating snacks and 63% of those eating snacks at least once a day. Snacking has become part of consumers’ daily routines, with some even opting to swap a main meal, ...

Summer sizzlers

Last year, Nielsen reported a 5.1% year-on-year increase in shopper spend in the four weeks to 15 July, making it the highest year-on-year increase for the previous four years. This was attributed to a sustained hit of summer sun, showing ...

Speedy meals

Food-to-go is one of the most important categories for the independent convenience sector and is growing at a rapid pace. Predictions are that the category will grow by 2.8% to a value of £20.7bn this year, due to shoppers living ...

For the love of the grape

The take-home wine market is going through gradual, but significant, changes, some of which will have quite an impact on the convenience store channel over the warm summer months ahead. Long gone are the days when wine sales could almost ...