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In shape for health trends

18 Apr 2017

The C-Store Champions reveal how they are adapting their stock for today’s increasingly health-conscious and diet-aware shoppers.

Pinkie Farm

A break from the ordinary

10 Mar 2017

In-store theatre not only helps keep shoppers interested but, when done really well, can build loyalty, as our C-Store Champions explain.

Big night in

Big nights mean big baskets

08 Feb 2017 Updated: 10 Feb 2017

The big night in may mean different things to different shoppers, but ?it is an opportunity our C-Store Champions are each exploiting.


The year of uncertainty

19 Jan 2017

With Brexit, inflation, rising wages and tobacco pack changes, 2017 won’t be straightforward. Our Champions reveal how they plan to cope.


A year of ups and downs

05 Dec 2016

It’s definitely been an interesting year for retailers, but how have the shifts in 2017 affected business for our C-Store Champions?


Getting a flavour for e-cigs

04 Nov 2016

Our C-Store Champions and industry expert Jeremy Blackburn discuss the success of the e-cig category and where it’s headed next.


Improve your defence

06 Oct 2016 Updated: 07 Oct 2016

From clever merchandising to bollards outside the store, our C-Store Champions explain their strategies for dealing with retail crime.


Bear up to the competition

08 Sep 2016 Updated: 09 Sep 2016

Our C-Store Champions have a number of techniques they use to differentiate themselves from their nearby competitors.

Sandeep Bains

Top tips to take away

10 Aug 2016 Updated: 12 Aug 2016

Our C-Store Champions say food to go can provide big margins. Here they explain how they manage the category in their stores.


Re-merchandising has an important place

08 Aug 2016

It may be an aspect of work that takes up a lot of their time, but our C-Store Champions agree that remerchandising is well worth the effort.

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Give profits a healthy boost

14 Jun 2016 Updated: 14 Jun 2016

Our C-Store Champions are embracing the healthy eating movement and enjoying some nourishing sales from a new category of shoppers


The power of our people

18 May 2016 Updated: 20 May 2016

Managing staff can be a tough job, but our C-Store Champions agree that having a motivated workforce is well worth a headache or two.

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Sourcing close to home

22 Apr 2016

Our C-Store Champions have experienced the good, bad and ugly of local product sales, but agree it’s important to support small suppliers.


Marketing: Let's get digital

23 Mar 2016 Updated: 25 Mar 2016

While our C-Store Champions are already building their brands online, they have to learn fast to keep up with changing social media trends.


Scoring community points

24 Feb 2016 Updated: 26 Feb 2016

Our C-Store Champions agree community work is of utmost importance, but they all carry out this role in their own personal ways.


Plans and predictions for 2016

26 Jan 2016 Updated: 29 Jan 2016

The C-Store Champions discuss the challenges they see for the coming year and the opportunities for growth in the convenience sector.

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A year of change

14 Dec 2015 Updated: 18 Dec 2015

Four champions discuss their progress over the last 12 months.


The changing face of gantries

18 Nov 2015 Updated: 20 Nov 2015

The C-Store Champions discuss the e-cigs and vaping products market and give their advice on starting out and managing the category.


When the going gets tough

22 Oct 2015 Updated: 23 Oct 2015

Our C-Store Champions discuss the competition in their area and what they do to ensure they hold on to footfall and sales.


Get your voice heard

03 Aug 2015

Our C-Store Champions share the benefits of lobbying both locally and nationally


Get online and get ahead

28 Sep 2015

Our C-Store Champions discuss the ways they use the internet in their businesses, from a presence on social media to online ordering.

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Service with a smile

25 Aug 2015 Updated: 28 Aug 2015

Our C-Store Champions share their tips for dealing with human resource issues in store, and ensuring a happy and motivated team.


Both sides of the story

01 Jul 2015 Updated: 03 Jul 2015

Our panel of C-Store Champions discuss the mutual benefits to be had from building good relationships with their suppliers.


Are you feeling the squeeze?

08 Jun 2015

Negative inflation is putting pressure on prices and margins. Here our C-Store Champions reveal their plans for dealing with deflation.

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Signs of the times

08 May 2015

From hanging signs to shelf-talkers to digital screens, POS material in all its forms is one area that our C-Store Champions plan carefully.


Bring me sunshine

17 Apr 2015

Summer is around the corner and our C-Store Champions are gearing up for a change in season. Here’s how they are preparing.


The art of building loyalty

12 Mar 2015 Updated: 13 Mar 2015

In a competitive market, ensuring customer loyalty is more important than ever. Our C-Store Champions and P&G’s John Drake give their tips.


Shout about your business

12 Feb 2015 Updated: 13 Feb 2015

There’s no point having a great store if people don’t know about it. Four Champions discuss marketing and promotion.

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