Bold plans for tough times

12 Jan 2018

No one is expecting 2018 to be an easy journey, but our Champions are prepared to ride out any bumps the next 12 months may provide.

C-Store Champions

A year of jumping hurdles

14 Dec 2017 Updated: 15 Dec 2017

Our C-Store Champions report that this year they’ve had to work smart to stay stay profitable against tough legislation and competition.


The freezer pleasers

15 Nov 2017 Updated: 17 Nov 2017

Our C-Store Champions say the perception of the frozen category is changing as shoppers see it as offering quality and value for money.

Food to go

Get on a roll with food to go

19 Oct 2017 Updated: 20 Oct 2017

Food to go is a great way to grab good margins and increase footfall. Here’s how our C-Store Champions ensure they pile on the pounds.


A season to lift your spirits

22 Sep 2017

With the summer holidays over and the Christmas rush yet to begin, the C-Store Champions welcome Halloween and Bonfire Night sales.

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Playing to your strengths

29 Aug 2017

From community involvement to local produce, c-store retailers have a USP to use to their advantage. Our C-Store Champions reveal theirs.

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The customer's always right

26 Jul 2017 Updated: 28 Jul 2017

Customer service is arguably an independent’s biggest advantage over the mults. Our C-Store Champions reveal how they keep up standards.


Keep your cool this summer

03 Jul 2017

As temperatures outside rise, so too can footfall. Here our C-Store Champions explain how they make the most of the summer months.


Service with a smile

13 Jun 2017

Our C-Store Champions discuss how they create engaged employees  who are respectful, hardworking and trustworthy team players 


How to deal with meals

02 May 2017 Updated: 05 May 2017

Meal deals can come in many formats, but most c-store retailers will have at least one. Here our C-Store Champions discuss their benefits.

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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.

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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.

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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.

C-Store Champions

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.

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