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    Highlighting the benefits of local

    2020-05-18T14:58:00Z

    Interest in buying locally sourced produce has accelerated in recent years, driven by health, economic and environmental interests, writes HIM’s Sarah Alhadeff.

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    The delivery opportunity

    2020-04-14T10:55:00Z

    Given that convenience stores play a vital role in local communities, now could not be a better time to venture into home delivery when shoppers need it most, writes HIM’s Sarah Alhadeff.

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    Convenience Nation: Capturing new customers

    2020-03-25T14:38:00Z

    With competition increasing and the retail sector changing rapidly, convenience stores are expanding their range of products and services.

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    Food-to-go special: Market overview

    2020-03-17T16:51:00Z

    C-stores take a big share of the food-to-go market, but competition is fierce. HIM’s Giorgio Rigali looks at how to ensure continued success 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    A fad for the future?

    2019-05-14T11:37:00Z

    This cashier-less c-store trial is a bold move from Sainsbury’s, but will have not been made on a whim. 

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    Brexit worries for food shoppers

    2019-04-26T14:44:00Z

    HIM’s Giorgio Rigali discusses what shoppers think about the impact of Brexit.

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    In search of new flavours

    2019-03-25T14:03:00Z

    UK shoppers want their boundaries to be pushed and to experiment with new flavours, and this appetite has extended into world foods and spices, writes HIM’s Blonnie Walsh.

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    Tapping into food to go

    2019-02-21T15:14:00Z

    Food to go has long been considered a growth opportunity for c-store retailers. With the total food-to-go market set to be worth £21.2bn in 2019, the opportunity for growth has certainly not changed, writes HIM’s Chloe Kent.

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    Future thinking

    2019-01-23T15:07:00Z

    Zoe Jag-Nathan discusses HIM’s latest future of convenience report.

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    Digital ordering

    2018-12-12T10:27:00Z

    It is vital that suppliers embrace and invest in B2B e-commerce and are knowledgeable as to the key guiding principles, says HIM’s Chloe Kent.

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    Beyond price

    2018-11-19T12:18:00Z

    With multiple players now in the market, it will be very important for discounters to start to differentiate themselves beyond price and value to have that competitive edge, says HIM’s Alice Dolling.