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  1. Planning ahead for June

    The European football championship will be a good sales driver through June and into July.

  2. Planning ahead for May

    Two public holidays, Ramadan & Eid and warmer weather all combine to offer good sales opportunities

  3. Dramatic Changes in Shopping Habits

    The pandemic has had a big influence on what consumers are buying with some categories in massive growth

  4. Planning Ahead for April

    Easter weekend, Ramadan and the lead up to May bank holiday all offer substantial sales opportunities in April

  5. Mother's Day Sunday 14th March

    Mother's Day this Sunday offers good trading opportunities.

  6. Planning Ahead for March

    The lead up to Easter, Mother's Day & St Patrick's Day make March a promising month for sales.

  7. February Trading

    Key sales driver events: Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year & Pancake Day

  8. Key Trading Events in 2021

    Plan ahead for the holidays, events & festivals that will help drive sales in 2021. 

  9. January Trading

    Opportunities in back to basics, Veganuary and OTC medicines.

  10. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Planning

    Fresh & frozen ranges come into their own as we enter December. Loads of low risk profitable opportunities in these categories.

  11. Christmas Alcohol Massive This Year

    Christmas alcohol sales promise to be massive this year as consumers go for "in home" drinking.

  12. Vaping growth in Convenience

    Vape stores are closing. Consumers are turning more to convenience for their vape products

  13. Pet category in strong growth

    Pet ownership surges. Time to get the the pet category well ranged and stocked. 

  14. Christmas Grocery Gems

    There are many hidden gems in the grocery area for Christmas.

  15. Impulse Categories for Christmas

    These impulse categories offer a great sales & profit opportunity

  16. Christmas Non Food for Profit

    Christmas non-food offers a significant range of profitable added value goods for convenience stores. Now is the time to get the stock in.

  17. November Planning

    Bonfire night and Diwali should light up sales in November

  18. October Planning

    Halloween and the lead up to Bonfire Night and Diwali offer good trading opportunities.

  19. September Planning

    September can be a tricky month to judge for retailers. The weather can still be warm and mild or it can cool rapidly and usher in the autumn

  20. Make Your Store the Hub of Your Local Community

    With all major UK banks closing branches across the country on an alarming scale, there is a window of opportunity now for convenience stores to step into their shoes and offer services to their local community.

  21. Face Coverings to be Mandatory

    Face Coverings to be mandatory. Store Excel partners with Urban Daze to offer high quality, reusable face masks.

  22. Planning Ahead for August

    Warm weather & public holidays should help to drive sales in August

  23. Grocery Sales Increase Significantly

    Since lockdown in March  many thousands of consumers have returned to grocery purchases and familiar grocery brands.

  24. July Planning

    Warmer, sunnier weather will offer outdoor activity trading oportunities.

  25. Looking Forward to May

    May day, Ramadan and Spring Bank Holiday events will help boost sales in May

  26. April Planning

    Covid-10 to one side April offers Easter and Ramadan trading opportunities

  27. Planning Ahead for March

    St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day stand out as sales opportunities in March

  28. Key Trading Dates for 2020

    These key dating dates will help you plan for the trading opportunities ahead

  29. HEETS Opportunity

    IQOS & HEETS are heat not burn technology. Sales are growing strongly.

  30. February Trading Tips

    February trading opportunities: Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year & Pancake Day

  31. January Planning

    Plan for cold weather sales mix in January. Chinese New Year offers good opportunities

  32. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities

    As we are fast approaching Christmas and New Year, the forward planning focuses more to the fresh & frozen ranges. Big sales opportunities in these categories.

  33. Alcohol Drives Christmas Sales

    Some brilliant alcohol sales drivers for Christmas

  34. Christmas Grocery: Hidden Gems

    There are many hidden sales gems in the Grocery department that offer good profit opportunities at low risk. Be prepared for sales increases across these products.

  35. Christmas Impulse Opportunities

    Confectionery, crisps, nuts and snacks offer brilliant sales opportunities

  36. The season to share with KETTLE® Chips….

    Make sure that you're maximising the Christmas sharing opportunity with KETTLE chips

  37. Non Food Profit Opportunities

    Autumn and Christmas offer superb low risk profit opportunities.

  38. Own Label Products Growing in Importance

    The UK is the world’s largest single market for own label at 46% of total sales. Is the own label offfering from wholesalers up to standard? 

  39. November Trading Checklist

    Bonfire night and Rugby World Cup Final offer good trading opportunities

  40. Very Competitive HR & Employment Package

    Exclusive! Fully loaded, exclusive package HR and employement package at a ridiculously discounted price.

  41. First Waste: Save Money

    Save real money on waste costs with 1st Waste

  42. October Planning

    Rugby World Cup, Diwali & Halloween offer some great trading opportunities.

  43. Social Media and Small Independent Stores

    Nick Shanagher outlines why social media will be important to your retail business

  44. September Planning

    The Rugby World Cup starts on 20th September offering brillliant trading opportunities.

  45. Rapid Growth of Coconut Water

    Coconut water is currently the fastest growing soft drink in the UK

  46. Stores Enjoy Boom in Plant-Based Milks

    Store Excel latest news digest

  47. August Planning

    August presents some excellent summer trading opportunities. Especially if the weather is good!

  48. Soya Milk on trend.

    Soya milk is on a continuous growth curve in the UK.

  49. Will AI solve this problem or make it worse?

    This story of soup offers a warning about the dangers of AI and the digital supply chain we are headed towards.

  50. Stop Store Theft - Install Facewatch

    Install Facewatch. It’s proven to reduce store theft using the latest facial recognition technology.

  51. Profit in Your Pocket: Exclusive Rebate Scheme

    The new rebate scheme for independent retailers. Start making money from the first purchase

  52. Planning ahead for July

    The Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon will help to drive sales in July. 

  53. June Forward Planning

    The Cricket World Cup and Eid Mubarak offer some tasty trading opportunities ahead in June.

  54. How to get more value for your time

    Time is a scarce resource. Nick Shanagher retail coach emphasises the importance of the best use of time in retail.

  55. Save Time & Money with 1st Waste

    With over 19 years’ experience servicing national contracts, 1st Waste are best positioned to manage the Store Excel members waste contracts and save you money

  56. Search & Social Media Important for all Retailers

    Retail owners need to put search and social media at the heart of their plans now if they want to engage their customers and potential customers in the future.

  57. Forward Planning for May

    Four brilliant trading events ahead in May

  58. Continuous focus on footfall is vital for retailers

    Every retailer needs to focus on footfall, which is a technical term for the number of people that visit your store.

  59. Looking Ahead to April

    Warmer weather, Mother's Day & Easter all promise great sales

  60. March Planning Ahead

    Warmer and lighter days plus three key events will make March a good trading month.

  61. Business Cash Advance by Liberis

    From now on your card machine can help you generate additional funding for your business. 

  62. February Trading

    Three excellent trading opportunities ahead through February and into early March.

  63. Convenience Sector Continues to Thrive

    An update of the convenience store sector by Neil Brension of Jellybean Creative

  64. Key Trading Dates for 2019

    Sports festivals offer some great trading opportunities for the year ahead

  65. January Planning

    Sales slow in January but there are good opportunities to be exploited.

  66. 60% POR Vape offer from Dinner Lady

    January is all about “New Year - New You” and with that in-mind, many people will be looking to quit smoking.

  67. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities

    As we move closer to Christmas, fresh and frozen goods take on more importance

  68. Christmas Alcoholic Drinks Sales Drivers

    Very important to alcohol right at Christmas. Here's a few tips.

  69. Big Grocery Christmas Sales Opportunities

    Grocery offers some low risk high reward Christmas sales opportunities.

  70. Confectionery and Snacks. Christmas Impulse Sales Drivers

    Impulse categories are a great source of extra sales and profit at Christmas

  71. Suresite partners with Bolt Learning to launch high-impact training

    Forecourt expert Suresite has launched two new interactive online training courses, in partnership with training provider, Bolt Learning.

  72. Non Food for Christmas Profit

    There are some great low risk high profit earners for Christmas.

  73. Store Excel Budget Bullets

    The key October 2018 budget announcements directly affecting independent retailers.

  74. November Trading

    Bonfire night and Diwali are the big trading opportunities

  75. Convenience chain embraces new technology in a bid to go paperless

    James Retail has implemented Bolt’s Electronic Signature tool and created a Policy Library for all their documents.

  76. Planning Ahead for October

    Plan now for October. Halloween is the big one!

  77. Make time and space to care

    Creating an environment that makes shopping more tolerable for those with disabilities can earn a retailer much goodwill.

  78. September Planning

    Plan for September now. Cooler weather and shorter days ahead. Or maybe still warm and mild!

  79. Card services review raises hopes

    Payment Systems Regulator launches consultation which could ultimately lead to a more competitive market

  80. Looking Ahead to August

    August festivals and continuing brilliant weather offer some great trading opportunities.

  81. Dare to be different

    Independents have a bright future and have little to fear from the Amazons and Ocados of this world as long as they focus on their individuality, convenience and authenticity.

  82. Van vernacular – compliance and safety

    Using a van for your business makes you a van operator - a status that comes with legal responsibilities that must be adhered to. The Freight Transport Association has combined with Store Excel to offer invaluable advice.

  83. Cash machines cull gives c-store the edge

    Banks cull of cash machines gives c-stores opportunity to fill the gap and potentially boost footfall and spend.

  84. July Planning

    The three W's should help to drive July sales: warm weather, World Cup & Wimbledon.

  85. Boost Protein. An on-trend product for independents.

    There is a huge market for people that are looking for simple ways to include more protein in their diets. Consumer demand is rapidly increasing. 

  86. Planning Ahead for May

    May offers some warmer weather and four exciting events. This combination should drive sales.

  87. Demystifying GDPR: Convenience Retailer Checklist

    GDPR comes into force on 25th May.  Don’t think a typical convenience store handles much data? You might need to think again.

  88. Sugar Tax Now in Force

    The government’s much-heralded Soft Drinks Industry Levy or SDIL for short is now underway.

  89. Get into IQOS

    IQOS is the new non-tobacco smoking experience that is taking the market by storm.

  90. Online Training Benefits for Retailers from Bolt Learning

    Bolt Learning works with leading convenience retailers, creating engaging, interactive and instantly accessible eLearning content.

  91. April Trading Ahead
    In April the warmer weather should be upon us and the two bank holidays at begining and end of the month will help drive sales.
  92. Food to Go: Quality Counts

    According to the IGD (report 2018) the Food to Go market is set to grow by 6% per year to reach £23 billion by 2022. Consumers are discerning re quality & taste.

  93. Looking Ahead to March

    March offers three big trading events and the promise of longer days and warmer weather. Great for sales!

  94. How to be Effective at Upselling

    Upselling, or Active selling, can have a huge impact on many aspects of your business; from growing basket size, to driving up average trip spend. Purchasing can be increased by between 200% and 300%.

  95. Forward Planning for February

    In addition to improved light and the promise of spring ahead, February offers three great trading opportunities: Pancake day, Valentine’s Day & Chinese New Year.

  96. Focus for Convenience Growth in 2018
    We have experienced more change in the channel this year than any other in living memory. What will be the key drivers in 2018? Neil Brenson asks the questions and sets the agenda for 2018..
  97. How to Train More Motivated, Top Performing Retail Staff
    Do you feel like your retail staff could do better at up selling and customer service? Would your store staff benefit from better training? Or more knowledge about your customers, products and promotions? Read on for top retail staff training tips.
  98. Key Trading Dates for 2018

    Store Excel month-by-month guides will continue to be published throughout the year. Here's a heads up on the key trading dates for 2018. NEW! Royal Wedding 19/05.

  99. Planning for January
    After Christmas, most consumers are feeling the pinch with many looking to lose weight and get back to “healthy.”  It’s a bit of a back to “factory settings month.”
  100. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities
    As we are fast approaching Christmas and New Year, the forward planning focuses more to the fresh & frozen ranges.
  101. Christmas Alcoholic Drinks Sales Drivers
    Everyone is very much aware that alcoholic drinks drive sales at Christmas. The way the calendar is configured this year favours small stores.
  102. P&H Collapse: The Winners and Losers
    The collapse of Palmer & Harvey yesterday has sent a shockwave through the convenience and wholesale channel.
  103. Grocery Christmas Sales Gems
    Last minute purchases offer a great low risk sales opportunity in the grocery department.
  104. Impulse Categories Drive Christmas Profits
    Well selected and maintained impulse ranges will drive incremental additional profit throughout December.
  105. Significant Gap in Training Identified for UK Convenience Staff
    A recent survey from Bolt Learning, into the current state of training in UK symbol convenience, found that nearly a third of retailers find training a significant challenge within their business. Bolt Learning has the answer.
  106. Christmas Non-Food for Profit
    Small stores often overlook the sales and profit opportunities afforded by non-food. Christmas is the time to cash in on the additional cash profit that seasonally related non-food can deliver.
  107. Why Ordering By App is Taking Off
    Many retailers are moving away from online ordering and shifting to ordering by App. What are the App advantages for retailers?
  108. Learn Convenience from Carrefour Express
    Carrefour one of the biggest exponents of hypermarkets worldwide has adapted successfully and is now a leader in convenience retailing.
  109. November Trading Tips
    Darker nights and cooler weather signals an increase in higher calorie meals and hot beverages. And of course Bonfire Night trading opportunities!
  110. Profit from Winter OTC Medicines & Remedies
    Now is the time to capitalise from the opportunities OTC medicines offer. Sales increase from mid September
  111. Plan ahead for October
    October offers some great sales and traffic-building opportunities. Time to plan ahead.
  112. Planning Ahead for September
    September is a tricky month for retailers. There are no obvious sales events. For most people the holidays are over, it’s back to work and back to school. The weather can still be warm and mild or it can cool rapidly and usher in the autumn.
  113. Unfreeze the Potential of Frozen Foods
    Frozen food offers retailers a great opportunity to drive customer visits and grow profitable sales at low risk.  The category has the same benefits of fresh produce and without the risk of waste or the time spent to merchandise and maintain displays.
  114. August Sales Planning
    August should be hot & sunny - plan accordingly. Bank holiday 28/08 and back to school will also drive sales.
  115. Food to Go Raises Store Perception
    Securing a food standards agency hygiene endorsement can underpin store standards
  116. July Hot Weather Trading
    July is all about being prepared for hot weather trading and outdoor events. Both at home and picnics.
  117. May & June Trading Opportunities
    Late May & June offer some excellent trading opportunities. Especially if the weather is kind. Plus three great sales events.
  118. Small Stores Must Plan Ahead for Declining Tobacco Sales
    Tobacco sales are in an inexorable decline in the UK. The decline will continue and is likely to accelerate. This is an industry-wide threat and small stores must plan ahead for this to maintain customer visits, footfall and sales.
  119. Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme
    AWRS comes into force for all sellers of controlled alcohol from 1st April. What does this mean for independent retailers selling alcohol?
  120. Plan Ahead for Easter
    Easter weekend is the big trading opportunity for small stores.
  121. Planning Ahead for March
    The days are getting longer. March offers two great trading opportunities: St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day
  122. Tobacco Danger for Small Retailers
    The removal of price marks from cigarette packs appears to be a profit opportunity for retailers. But this is a false expectation and there is danger ahead.
  123. OTC Medicines and Food Supplements a Massive Opportunity
    OTC medicines and food supplements offer a massive opportunity for small stores right now. Their small size and high margins are perfect for convenience stores
  124. Which Symbol to Choose?
    Enhancing cash profit is a key consideration when selecting which symbol group to select.
  125. Clear the Garden for Summer Growth
    Intelligent range selection is vital to enable customers to select easily. Less is more and this in turn drives sales.
  126. Fold-Away
    A new supplier to the trade called Fold-Away products have produced a novel, on-trend, and very useful new line for convenience retailers.