Retail Express first launched Fit For The Future a year ago. The series is designed to help independent convenience retailers start their journey in several key growth areas for the channel.

We spoke to store owners and managers that were doing a great job. We shared what they had learned and passed on the advice they had for anyone starting out.

Fit For The Future has returned this summer – and this year, we’re covering more growth areas and giving you more advice on how you can make more money from them. It kicks off with Meals For Tonight, which can be found in our Fit for The Future hub.

A retailer recently told me that he never thought someone would pay £1.89 for a Snickers Protein bar, but they do, he said. And they’re buying lots of them.

But how many retailers are brave enough to take the plunge into stocking a good protein range? Or gluten free products? Or craft beer?

Of course, a great shop starts with core ranging, but if you’ve got that right you need to work out your next step. Perhaps, like David Andrews in our most recent Retailer Profile, you need something that will make you stand out from the crowd.

That’s where our Fit For The Future series comes in.

Taking on new categories isn’t always easy, but like Independent Achievers Academy overall best shop 2016 owner Amish Shingadia tells us in the first part of the
series, it’s worth pursuing.