David Rees: Editor's comment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    The wrong side of the track

    2019-05-14T11:39:00Z

    The new Track and Trace regime for tobacco is turning out to be painful and difficult for retailers, writes C-Store editor David Rees.

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    Return the consultation

    2019-02-21T15:03:00Z

    Now that the government has published its consultation document about a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, the convenience industry can start to work out how much it is going to cost it. While the proposals are officially subject to consultation, some form of legislation was inevitable from the ...

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    The year ahead

    2019-01-08T15:31:00Z

    At first glance, it seems like as an industry we will have more challenges than opportunities to deal with in the coming year but, then again, that has probably always been the case.

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    A safe place?

    2018-11-14T11:25:00Z

    The shocking, but not entirely surprising, findings of our mini survey of c-store operators is that practically every single one has been a recent victim of crime.

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    Adapting the gantry

    2018-05-31T11:40:00Z

    Our research indicates that retailers, and consumers, have simply got used to the inconveniences of tobacco regulation and carried on, says C-Store’s editor.

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    Welcome to the new world

    2018-05-16T08:09:00Z

    The completion of the Co-op’s takeover of Nisa signals the start of a whole new way of doing business, not just for Nisa retailers but for Costcutter stores, too, writes C-Store’s editor.

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    A merge too far?

    2018-05-02T10:48:00Z

    The CMA needs to consider very carefully whether the proposed Asda-Sainsbury’s merger is in the best interests of shoppers and the market as a whole, writes C-Store’s editor.

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    A more natural solution

    2018-04-04T10:12:00Z

    The trick is to make it easy for consumers to recycle, not to develop an elaborate mechanism for recirculating 8p charges through the retail industry, writes C-Store’s editor.

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    A choice-driven future

    2018-03-21T15:00:00Z

    If there is a common thread that runs through all of our main CRA winners, it is that they have forged their own individual identities in the markets in which they operate, says David.

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    A launch into space

    2018-03-06T10:10:00Z

    The Booker-Tesco merger needs to be a launchpad for a more profitable and competitive future for the thousands of small businesses that depend on Booker to be a strong, stable and effective partner.

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    Final hurdle

    2018-02-06T11:25:00Z

    For retailers supplied by one of the Booker brands, the Tesco-Booker merger cannot come soon enough, writes C-Store’s editor.

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    Don't waste the chance

    2018-01-22T11:28:00Z

    An unusual combination of Theresa May and David Attenborough has put plastic waste firmly on the public agenda, writes C-Store’s editor

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    A very new, new year

    2018-01-08T09:00:00Z

    With such unprecedented change about to sweep through the independent convenience sector, 2018 will certainly be all about the “new”.

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    A future of co-operation

    2017-11-13T15:37:00Z

    The Co-op takeover was a ‘Brexit’ vote for Nisa – deeply polarising and divisive, writes C-Store’s editor.

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    Time marches on

    2017-11-01T14:46:00Z

    The major changes in the industry that have been anticipated throughout 2017 are finally reaching their end-game.

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    Open for entries

    2017-10-04T11:50:00Z

    The Convenience Retail Awards, now open for entries, was created to celebrate the smart, resourceful and ambitious operators that the industry is blessed with, writes David.

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    The cost of living

    2017-09-06T14:18:00Z

    Further evidence this week that the National Living Wage is having a huge impact on the retail industry, says editor David Rees.