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Bay Bashir, one of our seven expert retailer columnists, explains how networking with other retailers at trade events can have huge business benefits Every time...
shop layout

The IAA’s Louise Banham and Pladis’ Hena Chandarana, joined Rishi Patel at his Bognor Regis shop to help him improve his shop layout and customers’ journey.

Visiting a WH Smith Local store for the first time was an interesting experience and a pleasant reminder of the nearly 20 years that...
alcohol sales

An influential House of Lords committee has called on the rest of the UK to adopt tougher, Scottish regulations on alcohol sales. The committee’s...
Menzies promises merger won’t affect its retailers

Menzies has promised that a proposed reverse takeover of its distribution business by parcel delivery firm DX would have no effect on retailers. The...
Nisa's Store of the Future 2

Nisa will take advantage of disruption caused by the Booker and Tesco merger to ramp up its recruitment efforts and bring more retailers into...

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Retailer profiles

Premier Smeaton

Running a successful shop in what was described as ‘one of the most deprived areas in Scotland’ comes with its challenges, but Asif and Abada Akhtar have put Smeaton Stores firmly at the centre of the community.
Ferhan Ashiq

Two years after taking over a rundown newsagents in the East Lothian town of Musselburgh, Ferhan Ashiq opened his innovative food to go-focused convenience store....
Martin Ward

With a successful HND operation and stable news bill, Martin Ward is already a successful newsagent. It’s his thirst for finding new ways to...

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In an ever-changing world of digital transformation, it has become more important than ever for local retailers to have the tools they need to be able to keep up with the diversifying needs of...

Retailer blogs and opinion

Co-op's new look is one future for convenience, but it might struggle against a good independent

Like most of my neighbours, I walk past my unremarkable local independent c-store to shop in the Co-op at the heart of the village,...
Why the ACS is fighting against bottle deposit scheme

Over recent weeks, there has been a growing interest in each of the administrations of England, Scotland and Wales about deposit return schemes for...
Lessons on your alcohol range from the Big Apple

I’ve recently returned from a trip to New York. While away, I was really keen to explore the alcohol offering of New York’s convenience...
Minimum wage

With local elections just a couple of weeks away, Jeremy Corbyn took the opportunity to make some big promises to voters last week. The biggest...
Independent Retailer Report

After launching the Independent Retailer Report last month at the House of Commons, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents is taking the message to...
Discipline will help you beat the competition

The Single Word that Separates the Average from the Great is a short YouTube video by Tom Hopkins and it has an important message...

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