Coronavirus: ACS provides summary of business rates support and grants available


ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has compiled a summary of the business rates and cash grant support measures that have been made available for retailers in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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C-stores urged to make the most of “VApril” e-cig opportunity


Convenience stores could have an unprecedented opportunity to grow vape sales this month and beyond, as the 2020 Vapril campaign kicks off and specialist vape shops across the UK remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Weymouth store cuts footfall with thriving home delivery


Independent retailer Spar Barbara Clements has turned her business “on its head” by growing her home delivery service in a bid to drive down footfall to the store amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: How stores have used social media to get their message out


C-store retailers have utlised social media to great effect to get their message out about their services, availability, community work, social distancing measures and hard-working staff. Here we look at some of the best examples,

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Coronavirus: Appleby Westward records unprecedented March volumes


Appleby Westward has seen record volumes for March through its warehouses since the start of the coronavirus crisis in the UK.

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Coronavirus: Staff “earning every penny” of new minimum wage rise


Hard-working convenience store staff who are going “above and beyond” to maintain stock and service levels during the coronavirus crisis are earning every penny of their new higher minimum wage, according to independent retailers.

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Coronavirus: Costcutter helps stores enhance safety measures


Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has invested in new social-distancing equipment and till point floor signage to help retailers protect their staff and customers from coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Data shows consumers are still shopping regularly


Shoppers are continuing to visit grocery retailers on a regular basis, despite government advice to shop as little as possible, according to HIM & MCA Insight.

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Coronavirus: Post Office guarantees subpostmasters remuneration


All subpostmasters will receive guaranteed remuneration for at least the next couple of months, the Post Office has announced.

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Coronavirus: Stockpiling missions drive millions of extra shopping trips


British consumers made over 79 million extra supermarket shopping trips in the four weeks to 21 March, with total till sales increasing by 20.5%, according to Nielsen Homescan.

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Coronavirus: Retailers rally round Rav Garcha following spate of customer abuse


Convenience retailer Rav Garcha has praised the support of the independent retailing community which has rallied round, after he shared details of a spate of customer abuse experienced by just one of his six Nisa stores in the West Midlands, in the last week.



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