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  • ACS
    Blogs

    General Election priorities

    2019-11-13T09:53:00Z

    The forthcoming General Election is about far more than Brexit, argues ACS’ James Lowman

  • SGF chief executive Pete Cheema
    Blogs

    Reality check

    2019-11-12T16:12:00Z

    The government needs to recognise the implications of its policies on small stores, argues SGF chief executive Pete Cheema.  

  • Alice Dolling
    Blogs

    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. 

  • Champs
    Blogs

    Well-oiled machines

    2019-10-31T11:32:00Z

    Ministers must address concerns over Reverse Vending Machines for Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme to work, says Edinburgh-based retailer Linda. 

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    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    Domestic policy is back in the news

    2019-10-21T09:57:00Z

    The Queen’s Speech last week, while still pretty Brexit heavy, was a refreshing return to government setting out its domestic legislative intentions in the coming months.

  • Premier Wharfedale Hull
    Blogs

    Combat crime together

    2019-10-21T09:51:00Z

    The risk of violent crime is something retailers must not ignore, points out Hull retailer Sam

  • Sid Sidhu
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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.

  • ACS
    Blogs

    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.

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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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    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
    Blogs

    Wasting money

    2019-07-09T10:08:00Z

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