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  • 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.

  • Shakti Puri
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    Thinking clean, green and lean

    2019-09-03T14:03:00Z

    Increased consumer awareness of health and sustainability issues has meant c-stores have been forced to adapt their offer, argues HIM’s Shakti Puri.

  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
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    Fighting for access to cash

    2019-09-03T13:33:00Z

    The convenience sector needs to fight to keep shoppers’ access to cash, the SGF’s Pete Cheema argues.

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    A season of change

    2019-09-02T10:42:00Z

    As summer turns to autumn, it is a period of transition for convenience stores - and businesses need to plan for the future, writes editor David Rees.

  • ACS
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    The value of the local c-store

    2019-08-20T08:49:00Z

    ACS’ Community Barometer seeks to find out which services the public want, as well as how essential those services are, explains chief executive James Lowman.

  • Linda Williams
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    Community spirit

    2019-08-20T08:43:00Z

    Linda has installed a defibrillator at Premier Broadway Convenience Store, prompting a new initiative with a local school.

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    Antisocial media

    2019-08-20T08:35:00Z

    It’s holiday time, and while for some retailers that means a peak-season boost, for others it means something of a downturn as regular customers disappear for a week or two in the sun.

  • HIM_Katie Prowse
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    Combating obesity in the UK

    2019-08-06T13:08:00Z

    Amid accusations of a nanny state, government proposals for combating obesity are a matter of strong debate, writes HIM’s Katie Prowse.

  • Sid Sidhu
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    Automatic facing up success

    2019-08-06T10:10:00Z

    Budgens retailer Sid Sidhu says investment in an automatic facing up system at his Budgens store is well worth the expense.

  • Sam Coldbeck
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    A breath of fresh air

    2019-07-25T09:24:00Z

    Sam Coldbeck has found taking on teenagers has brought a new dimension to her Premier store’s workforce.

  • ACS
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    Why ‘all in’ DRS is bad news for retailers

    2019-07-22T13:25:00Z

    Last week, as Theresa May’s premiership approached its end, we saw government ministers and departments releasing consultations, statements, statistics and policy announcements as a final parting shot before the summer recess and the likely formation of a new cabinet, writes the ACS’ James Lowman.

  • Alice Dolling
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    The core range balance

    2019-07-12T10:13:00Z

    Managing the delicate balance between core range and specialist products is a crucial one for c-stores to get right, argues HIM’s Alice Dolling.

  • MIKE DOREY HEADSHOT
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    Wasting money

    2019-07-09T10:08:00Z

    Retailer Mike Dorey is hoping that removing the customer rubbish bin will reduce waste (and costs).

  • ACS
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    The impact of violence and abuse

    2019-06-27T13:15:00Z

    One of the biggest issues that retailers face when dealing with violence and abuse is the lack of consistent response from the justice system, says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

  • Linda Williams
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    DRS: Too many unanswered questions

    2019-06-27T13:04:00Z

    Retailers face too many uncertainties over Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme, says Edinburgh-based Premier retailer Linda Williams. 

  • HIM
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    Futureproofing convenience

    2019-06-14T08:55:00Z

    It may be cliché, but younger generations are the shopper of tomorrow and have a pivotal role to play in the future of one of the fastest growing sectors in UK food and grocery, says HIM’s Giorgio Rigali.

  • ACS
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    Assured advice for all retailers

    2019-06-03T11:14:00Z

    While there’s no doubt that our exit from the European Union is still grabbing most of the headlines, there are plenty of rules and regulation changes to keep retailers occupied on a day-to-day basis, writes ACS chief executive James Lowman.