The rise of the convenience store has been the one bright spot in a fairly dismal retail outlook, just over six months ago new forecasts from IGD predicted that the UK convenience market is set to grow by £6.9bn in
New data from Nielsen has revealed shoppers in the UK and Ireland are slow adopters of new e-commerce technologies compared with their global counterparts, despite an increasing demand for greater convenience. Nielsen’s research shows FMCG online sales now account for almost
Amazon is disrupting the parts of retail no one likes. Standing in queues in the supermarket with your jumbo pack of toilet paper and baked beans. New batteries, or cheap bits and bobs you would otherwise buy from pound shops.
When it comes to choosing a supermarket, shoppers are being driven by convenience and quality rather than cost, research by retail consultancy Newton has found.
New research from leading retail and shopper marketing agency, Savvy, reveals how UK shoppers’ expectations surrounding convenience are changing and how a series of emerging innovations have the potential to reshape shopper expectations further. Alastair Lockhart, insight director at Savvy Marketing.
PayPoint takes a look back at the history of the convenience store in the UK
Tesco is poised to tap into the growth in convenience and food service through the Booker deal announced today, according to leading retail commentators. The acquisition of a leading wholesale operation is also set to drive improved terms, analysts claim;
Restaurants under pressure to serve up speed and convenience as ordering in and eating out soars, Barclaycard reports
New research from Barclaycard has revealed that busy Brits are demanding faster service and more convenient ways to pay when eating out and ordering takeaways for delivery. As dining habits change, the pressure is mounting on restaurant owners to respond
The ACS (Association of Convenience Stores) Investment Tracker has revealed a mixed picture of investment in Britain’s local shops. Convenience stores across the UK have invested a record £210m in store improvements in the past three months, driven by
IRI, a leading provider of FMCG market intelligence and predictive, actionable insight, has launched its Convenience Price & Promotion solution to help manufacturers understand which price-points and promotions resonate most with shoppers in the convenience channel. Available in the convenience
The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 10% between now and 2021, giving it a value of £197bn, according to the latest forecasts from IGD. IGD is predicting a stabilisation of sales at larger stores over the
Blakemore Trade Partners has opened two new stores at the University of Nottingham with a view to growing its university-based estate. The new stores, based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and University Park Campus, offer students an extensive new convenience range
Spar UK reports it has seen fantastic growth in its store numbers this year, thanks to the symbol group’s clear strategy focusing on modern store formats, great Spar brand product success, an improved commercial package and a selling plan that
Central Convenience Stores, a fast-growing UK convenience store chain, has appointed Dave Lenz as operations director as the company forges ahead with its ambitious growth plans.
Maltesers, owned by Mars, is the UK’s best-selling chocolate brand in convenience stores with sales of nearly £50m. Chocolate sales are worth £1bn a year to the convenience channel, a decline of 2.1% from the previous year. IRI Convenience Market
According to research from global money transfer firm, Xpress Money, convenience stores in the UK are rapidly expanding their range of services to include money transfer and mailbox utilities. No longer purely a place to buy a pint, a loaf
Sainsbury’s posts 1.1% fall in like-for-like sales in Q2 but must ride out storm, says Planet Retail
Sainsbury’s has reported a 1.1% fall in like-for-like sales in the second quarter, excluding fuel. Total sales ,excluding fuel, were up 0.3%. David Gray, retail analyst at Planet Retail, said “Once again, Sainsbury’s has posted a subdued set of like-for-like numbers
Morrisons has reported a 47% fall in half year profits to £126m and is closing 11 supermarkets as part of its plans to turnaround the business. Like-for-like sales in the six months to 2 August fell by 2.7%. Yesterday (9 September), Morrisons confirmed
A One Stop franchisee is celebrating his first anniversary of trading with One Stop by completing a major expansion programme and trebling the size of his store in the process. Umesh Gola joined One Stop Franchise in August last year
bigDL, an omni-channel marketing solution, has joined forces with several major brands to assist retailers in driving sales across the UK’s convenience sector. Popular brands partnering with bigDL include Molson Coors, Danone Waters, Birds Eye, Tetley, Whyte and Mackay and
New figures released by the Association of Convenience Stores have shown that convenience retailers have invested £177m in their businesses in the period between February and May 2015. Overall, more than one in four stores (28%) surveyed said that they
Roadchef, one of the UK’s largest motorway service area operators and Spar have today announced an agreement to introduce Spar stores as an additional offering to serve the 46m visitors who stop at Roadchef’s sites each year. The agreement will launch
The UK food and grocery market will grow by 13% between now and 2020 and will be worth £200.6bn, according to the latest forecasts by IGD. Online, discounters and convenience will remain the engines of growth: Online sales, the fastest
Convenience stores are the most used format for top-up shopping, with 60% of shoppers visiting them for this type of trip, according to IGD’s latest ShopperVista research. This is because their network is widespread, making them easily accessible for most
With summer nearly here, Spar retailers are helping shoppers celebrate the season, whatever the weather, with this year’s Spar brand Summertime range. Outdoor entertaining is more popular than ever, making this a profitable time of year for Spar’s retailers, and