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Exclusive: Police seek new shop restrictions to halt acid attacks

London police officers are asking convenience retailers to help in the fight against acid attacks by restricting sales of corrosive substances. Safer Neighborhood Team officers in St Helier and Merton Park in south-west London have been...

Small retailers suffer big drop in confidence

Small retailers are the least optimistic about the future of their businesses, according to new Small Business Index data released by the FSB. Overall business confidence amongst small firms is at its lowest since Brexit,...
digital pricing

Digital pricing to fix “broken” convenience model

Convenience retailers have the opportunity to be "at the forefront" of digital pricing and address common pricing issues. Digital pricing is the use of electronic labels to automatically update prices through an in-store computer system,...

Retailer sentenced over dangerous vodka

The owner of a former Today’s Store in Grimsby has been found guilty of fraud after selling counterfeit vodka that resulted in a customer becoming seriously ill. The customer said the alcohol smelt of screen...
organised crime

Exclusive: Stats show independents are easy target for shoplifters

Shoplifters are four times less likely to get caught when they target independent convenience stores compared to multiples, an investigation by Retail Express has found. Analysis of more than 10,000 shoplifting cases from 21 police...

“Rather than competitive, we want to be disruptive”

A big focus for us at Eros Retail is unconventional thinking – looking for ideas from beyond the normal sphere of convenience retail. It’s all part of our philosophy that retail isn’t about being bog...

The company that wants to replace you with a vending machine

New vending machine company Bodega thinks its machines will wipe out 'centralised shopping locations' such as convenience stores. The US start-up Bodega – named after a type of independent convenience shop found in the US...

Phillip Morris doubles down on smoke-free commitment

Philip Morris International is pledging to spend $1bn over the next 12 years to eradicate smoking. The move follows their announcement earlier this year that the company would be aiming for “a smoke-free future”. The...
Hot dogs, food to go, sales increase, hot dog sales

Hot dogs increase food to go sales by £200

Retailers selling fresh American hot dogs have increased weekly food to go sales by as much as £200. Peter Lamb, of Lamb’s Larder in East Sussex, sells ten a day. He told RN: “We put...
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Independent retailers urged to maximise Christmas magazine opportunity

Independents can grow their share of Christmas editions and one shots in the craft and home interest sectors by displaying copies as early as possible, distributors and publishers have told RN. Data from Smiths News...