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.
The new Track and Trace regime for tobacco is turning out to be painful and difficult for retailers, writes C-Store editor David Rees.
Now that the government has published its consultation document about a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, the convenience industry can start to work out how much it is going to cost it.
At first glance, it seems like as an industry we will have more challenges than opportunities to deal with in the coming year but, then again, that has probably always been the case.
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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.
The completion of the Co-op’s takeover of Nisa signals the start of a whole new way of doing business, not just for Nisa retailers but for Costcutter stores, too, writes C-Store’s editor.
The CMA needs to consider very carefully whether the proposed Asda-Sainsbury’s merger is in the best interests of shoppers and the market as a whole, writes C-Store’s editor.
The trick is to make it easy for consumers to recycle, not to develop an elaborate mechanism for recirculating 8p charges through the retail industry, writes C-Store’s editor.
If there is a common thread that runs through all of our main CRA winners, it is that they have forged their own individual identities in the markets in which they operate, says David.
The Booker-Tesco merger needs to be a launchpad for a more profitable and competitive future for the thousands of small businesses that depend on Booker to be a strong, stable and effective partner.