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  1. Focus for Convenience Growth in 2018

    We have experienced more change in the channel this year than any other in living memory. What will be the key drivers in 2018? Neil Brenson asks the questions and sets the agenda for 2018..

  2. How to Train More Motivated, Top Performing Retail Staff

    Do you feel like your retail staff could do better at up selling and customer service? Would your store staff benefit from better training? Or more knowledge about your customers, products and promotions? Read on for top retail staff training tips.

  3. Key Trading Dates for 2018

    Store Excel month-by-month guides will continue to be published throughout the year. Here's a heads up on the key trading dates for 2018. NEW! Royal Wedding 19/05.

  4. Planning for January

    After Christmas, most consumers are feeling the pinch with many looking to lose weight and get back to “healthy.”  It’s a bit of a back to “factory settings month.”

  5. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities

    As we are fast approaching Christmas and New Year, the forward planning focuses more to the fresh & frozen ranges.

  6. Christmas Alcoholic Drinks Sales Drivers

    Everyone is very much aware that alcoholic drinks drive sales at Christmas. The way the calendar is configured this year favours small stores.

  7. P&H Collapse: The Winners and Losers

    The collapse of Palmer & Harvey yesterday has sent a shockwave through the convenience and wholesale channel.

  8. Grocery Christmas Sales Gems

    Last minute purchases offer a great low risk sales opportunity in the grocery department.

  9. Impulse Categories Drive Christmas Profits

    Well selected and maintained impulse ranges will drive incremental additional profit throughout December.

  10. Significant Gap in Training Identified for UK Convenience Staff

    A recent survey from Bolt Learning, into the current state of training in UK symbol convenience, found that nearly a third of retailers find training a significant challenge within their business. Bolt Learning has the answer.

  11. Christmas Non-Food for Profit

    Small stores often overlook the sales and profit opportunities afforded by non-food. Christmas is the time to cash in on the additional cash profit that seasonally related non-food can deliver.

  12. Why Ordering By App is Taking Off

    Many retailers are moving away from online ordering and shifting to ordering by App. What are the App advantages for retailers?

  13. Learn Convenience from Carrefour Express

    Carrefour one of the biggest exponents of hypermarkets worldwide has adapted successfully and is now a leader in convenience retailing.

  14. November Trading Tips

    Darker nights and cooler weather signals an increase in higher calorie meals and hot beverages. And of course Bonfire Night trading opportunities!

  15. Profit from Winter OTC Medicines & Remedies

    Now is the time to capitalise from the opportunities OTC medicines offer. Sales increase from mid September

  16. Plan ahead for October

    October offers some great sales and traffic-building opportunities. Time to plan ahead.

  17. Planning Ahead for September

    September is a tricky month for retailers. There are no obvious sales events. For most people the holidays are over, it’s back to work and back to school. The weather can still be warm and mild or it can cool rapidly and usher in the autumn.

  18. Unfreeze the Potential of Frozen Foods

    Frozen food offers retailers a great opportunity to drive customer visits and grow profitable sales at low risk.  The category has the same benefits of fresh produce and without the risk of waste or the time spent to merchandise and maintain displays.

  19. August Sales Planning

    August should be hot & sunny - plan accordingly. Bank holiday 28/08 and back to school will also drive sales.

  20. Food to Go Raises Store Perception

    Securing a food standards agency hygiene endorsement can underpin store standards

  21. July Hot Weather Trading

    July is all about being prepared for hot weather trading and outdoor events. Both at home and picnics.

  22. May & June Trading Opportunities

    Late May & June offer some excellent trading opportunities. Especially if the weather is kind. Plus three great sales events.

  23. Small Stores Must Plan Ahead for Declining Tobacco Sales

    Tobacco sales are in an inexorable decline in the UK. The decline will continue and is likely to accelerate. This is an industry-wide threat and small stores must plan ahead for this to maintain customer visits, footfall and sales.

  24. Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme

    AWRS comes into force for all sellers of controlled alcohol from 1st April. What does this mean for independent retailers selling alcohol?

  25. Plan Ahead for Easter

    Easter weekend is the big trading opportunity for small stores.

  26. Planning Ahead for March

    The days are getting longer. March offers two great trading opportunities: St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day

  27. Tobacco Danger for Small Retailers

    The removal of price marks from cigarette packs appears to be a profit opportunity for retailers. But this is a false expectation and there is danger ahead.

  28. OTC Medicines and Food Supplements a Massive Opportunity

    OTC medicines and food supplements offer a massive opportunity for small stores right now. Their small size and high margins are perfect for convenience stores

  29. Which Symbol to Choose?

    Enhancing cash profit is a key consideration when selecting which symbol group to select.

  30. Premium Crisps Deliver a Premium Performance for Retailers

    Premium crisps are gaining market share in the category. The good news is that they satisfy consumer trends and deliver healthy cash profits.

  31. Clear the Garden for Summer Growth

    Intelligent range selection is vital to enable customers to select easily. Less is more and this in turn drives sales.

  32. Fold-Away

    A new supplier to the trade called Fold-Away products have produced a novel, on-trend, and very useful new line for convenience retailers.