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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.
The sector clearly needs to shout more about its benefits to the community, James believes.
Understanding the core differences between the average shopper and the healthy snacking shopper is essential, writes HIM’s Zoe Jag-Nathan.
Last week the Scottish government published a consultation aimed at tackling obesity. We’ve seen a number of policies start in Scotland then become law in Westminster, says James.
GroceryAid chief executive Steve Barnes discusses the findings of its new Impact Report.
Shoppers are increasingly turning to forecourts for their weekly top-up needs, writes Giorgio Rigali.
The Local Shop Report shows how the sector is offering employment flexibility, says James.
The growing illicit trade in e-cigarettes needs addressing by government urgently, argues Sam.
As many as 27% of shoppers want more healthier options to be available within meal deals so tap into this trend, says Giorgio Rigali.
If the government wants to torch the business rates system, that’s fine by us, but many of the things that would make the system fairer and more effective don’t need a whole new system.
Link must continue to be held to account over the effects of interchange fee cuts, James argues.
More shoppers are using the discounters to top up, creating a huge challenge for the convenience sector, writes Giorgio Rigali.
Many excellent retailers are not making the most of epos and technology, says Welcome Co-op franchisee Richard.
Restrictions on promotions of snacks and confectionery need to work for all parties, argues Pete.
Legislation has to be policed correctly to protect the many responsible retailers who often lose out financially because they comply with the law, says Samantha.
It’s crucial retailers are catering for viewers’ needs, tempting them through quality ranges, eye-catching displays and enticing cross-promotions, writes HIM’s Dominic Burrell.
Richard discusses the benefits of using RDM units to monitor temperatures in his chillers and freezers.
The recent expert report on tackling retail crime takes a pragmatic approach, says James.
Making it easy for shoppers to choose a healthier option over a not-so-healthy one is paramount, writes HIM’s Heidi Lanschuetzer.
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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