Last week, I was introducing Newtrade’s new marketing assistant Tom Thorn to RN. We discussed how RN aims to give a return on investment to its readers, who own and run such a wide variety of store types and have a broad range of interests.

One way we do this, I said, is through the team building expertise in an array of areas and telling readers something new about each area every week. This week’s issue is a good example.

RN symbol expert Steven Lambert was at the opening of the new Simply Fresh store in St James’s Park tube station last Friday to see firsthand its focus on impulse and premium meals.

News editor Gurpreet Samrai, meanwhile, visited Nisa to find out how it trains its members and the core areas any store should focus on. And Chris Rolfe worked with RN property columnist Barry Frost to identify the need to closely manage your credit rating as a key topic for his latest article.

Next week, we are putting our various areas of expertise to the test again for the RN Retailer Choice Awards

As I write this, features writer Nadia Alexandrou is with dozens of retailers at the London district council meeting and features editor Tom GK is interviewing One Stop founder Kevin Threlfall. You can read both features in our next issue.

Next week, we are putting our various areas of expertise to the test again. Every member of the team has nominated five suppliers, initiatives or retailers that have done something outstanding this year, across eight categories, for the RN Retailer Choice Awards.

It’s called Retailer Choice because you will be picking our eight winners. So look out for the feature in next week’s issue and then visit to cast your vote.

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