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  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
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    Cold hard statistics

    2020-02-24T12:23:00Z

    Shoplifting is now essentially a pandemic in Scotland, points out the SGF’s Pete Cheema.

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    The future of meat-free

    2020-02-24T12:17:00Z

    Health has been high on the agenda for some time and is firmly established as a mega trend across the UK food and grocery market, writes Steve Gotham from HIM/MCA.

  • ACS
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    Budget priorities

    2020-02-06T10:12:00Z

    Backed by a proper majority in Parliament, the Budget on 11 March marks the perfect opportunity for the Chancellor to set out a longer term agenda for the country, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    From challenge to opportunity

    2020-02-04T11:57:00Z

    Budgens retailer Sid Sidhu has spotted a big opportunity from the forthcoming ban on menthol cigarettes in May.

  • HIM_Blonnie
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    Why coffee is good for convenience

    2020-01-29T09:26:00Z

    Coffee has become the ultimate convenience category, argues HIM’s Blonnie Walsh

  • Premier Wharfedale Hull
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    The cost of a vote-winning policy

    2020-01-21T14:51:00Z

    Increases in the minimum wage are piling the pressure on small businesses, reports Hull-based Premier retailer Sam Coldbeck. 

  • ACS
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    Protecting shoppers’ access to cash

    2019-12-13T16:34:00Z

    The ACS is campaigning to protect consumers’ access to cash.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    CBD sales boost

    2019-12-10T14:55:00Z

    CBD products have become a suprising hit for Sid, from vaping liquids to massage oils.

  • HIM
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    Can c-stores deliver success?

    2019-11-26T16:54:00Z

    It is clear that the delivery operators see value in servicing the convenience retail market and are willing to go head-to-head to capture that space, but HIM’s Giorgio Rigali asks if it is the right move for the independent sector.

  • ACS
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    General Election priorities

    2019-11-13T09:53:00Z

    The forthcoming General Election is about far more than Brexit, argues ACS’ James Lowman

  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
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    Reality check

    2019-11-12T16:12:00Z

    The government needs to recognise the implications of its policies on small stores, argues SGF chief executive Pete Cheema.  

  • Alice Dolling
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    Can c-stores compete in food to go?

    2019-10-31T14:26:00Z

    HIM’s Alice Dolling discusses where the convenience channel fits in to the £21bn UK food-to-go market. 

  • Champs
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    Well-oiled machines

    2019-10-31T11:32:00Z

    Ministers must address concerns over Reverse Vending Machines for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme to work, says Edinburgh-based retailer Linda. 

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    On the plastic trail

    2019-10-29T10:32:00Z

    There remains a big opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to make commitments not just on their own, but to ensure that plastic reduction is tackled in a joined-up way throughout the supply chain, says C-Store’s editor.

  • ACS
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    Domestic policy is back in the news

    2019-10-21T09:57:00Z

    The Queen’s Speech last week, while still pretty Brexit heavy, was a refreshing return to government setting out its domestic legislative intentions in the coming months.

  • Premier Wharfedale Hull
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    Combat crime together

    2019-10-21T09:51:00Z

    The risk of violent crime is something retailers must not ignore, points out Hull retailer Sam

  • Sid Sidhu
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    Exciting changes ahead

    2019-10-03T11:05:00Z

    Budgens retailer Sid believes retailers need to keep innovating and make the most of their assets. 

  • HIM
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    The World Cup for convenience

    2019-10-03T10:58:00Z

    The Rugby World Cup in Japan is now well underway, and there is no doubt that retailers are benefiting, says HIM’s Giorgio Rigali

  • MIKE DOREY HEADSHOT
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    Tactical advantage

    2019-09-26T13:06:00Z

    Mike Dorey’s on a mission to increase recycling rates at Eastcombe Village Stores in Gloucestershire

  • ACS
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    Showing the importance of c-stores

    2019-09-23T10:49:00Z

    Every year since 2012 we have published the Local Shop Report, our annual look at the convenience sector, and this year’s is the most comprehensive report yet, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.