Recent research from HIM shows one in four UK adults bought food to go from c-stores within the past seven days, writes Katherine Dixon.
With the tobacco display ban in place in small stores for nearly six months, now is a great time to consider what impact it has actually had on shoppers, writes HIM's Katie Littler.
In order to create the perception of a 'credible fresh food offer', the number one thing stores need to do is ensure a 'clean and tidy shopping area', writes HIM's Ed Sibley.
HIM research has found that the level of impulse purchasing in convenience stores is at an impressive five-year high, says Katie Littler.
The recession has solidified shopper habits in such a way that finding value for money remains a priority for many, says HIM's Sophie Jones.
It’s unsurprising that only 15% of convenience store shoppers purchased an item on impulse, says HIM's Jennie Milner.
A lot has happened in the past two decades in UK convenience, and it’s all set to change again, says HIM’s Katie Hemmings.
Dynamic market conditions and a new breed of shopper have created a ‘perfect storm’, which points towards revolution, not evolution, for UK convenience, says HIM’s Katie Littler.
The thousands of convenience shoppers we speak to every month never let us forget how important sales staff are in building loyalty and driving sales, says HIM's Katie Littler.
Competition is everywhere and it’s no longer okay to get away with a poor fresh offer, says HIM’s Blake Gladman.
A credible own-label offer is a key way of driving loyalty, says HIM’s Jennifer Pratt.
With growing pressures facing the channel, convenience needs to re-focus on core missions to ensure its long-term success, says HIM’s Sophie Jones.
The ‘meal for tonight’ and ‘food to go’ missions are seeing the strongest growth year-on-year, says HIM’s Sarah Ashworth.
Using services to drive footfall is as relevant today as it’s ever been, says HIM’s Molly Wilmot.
The in-store experience and environment are becoming the new differentiator for shoppers, says HIM's Daron Gonzales.
At this time of year it’s important for retailers to ensure their store is fit to take advantage of shoppers’ optimism, says HIM’s Blake Gladman.
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