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The in-store product ranging debate

It’s always been a fine balance for independent retailers when it comes to product ranging in-store. They are being encouraged by both wholesalers and brand owners to rationalise their offering and to concentrate on the best sellers. On the other ...

Editor’s Comment: local retailers need support

The headline news from this year’s ACS Local Shop Report was the 20,000 decline in the number of jobs provided by the convenience store sector – a sure sign that retailers are finding the going tough. The report shows 20% ...

Boosting bottled water sales

More than a quarter of bottled water sales go through small stores, and with the category accounting for a 14% share of all soft drinks, it’s an area of not inconsiderable significance to independent retailers. The latest entrant into the ...

Embracing the low-carb trend

Low-carbohydrate diets are not a new phenomenon. First there was the Atkins Diet, which saw a burst of popularity in the early Noughties, and now the ketogenic diet is having its moment in the sun. While the number of consumers ...