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Plastics storm for independents

“Environmental issues are becoming more and more important in our sector. There is much more focus on the packaging of products that we sell and none are more high-profile than soft drinks. It’s going to be a dominant issue for ...

Seating plan helps create a social hub

Should your shop be just a shop? Or could it be a café, a pub or somewhere the local community can socialise as well? More and more shop owners are turning their stores into something a bit different. Putting in ...

A taste of retail success

Earlier this year, Independent Retail News ran a competition for readers to win a place on a retailer study tour to Northern Ireland, visiting independent stores that had done particularly well at the Retail Industry Awards. The road trip took ...

Tackling retail crime

This year’s Crime Report from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) highlighted once again the huge impact on the sector of shop theft and other crimes, while a follow-up conference in London tackled the subject in greater depth and looked ...

Heroes assemble

It’s time once again to start sending in your entries for the hottest awards event in the grocery retail calendar – the Retail Industry Awards 2018. Now in their 23rd year, the awards recognise the outstanding talent and innovation that ...

Taking the helm in such uncertain times for trade

More upheaval happened in the wholesaling and food retailing sectors during the first four weeks after Darren Goldney took over the helm of the Today’s Group than some business people see in a decade of their working lives. Goldney only became managing director at the Doncaster-based Today’s ...