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Mixed Messages from Convenience

Grocer’s Online Sales Not Delivering

The Sunday Times reports that despite building up a 50% share of the £11.4 billion market of online grocery sales, Tesco is still making only marginal profit from the activity. Worse still, online sales are diverting customers away from more profitable sales in their stores.

Bill to protect retail workers

Convenience Store reports that a new bill tabled in Parliament aims to protect retail workers who sell age-restricted products. MP Alex Norris told ministers that retail staff who police the sale of restricted items such as alcohol and knives needed extra legal protections and that those choosing to attack retail workers should face “greater punishment.”

Mixed Messages from convenience

Two different messages from convenience operators this week. Sony Bihal the owner of Time Wholesale has announced that he has converted 30 of his customers to the Lifestyle Express format. Meanwhile further Bay Bashir reports that his store conversions from Lifestyle Express to Go Local have appreciably increased sales. See the piece below

Parfetts drives sales in Middlesborough

Store Excel has information that Parfetts has more than doubled sales in the Middlesborough cash & carry previously owned and managed by Blakemore.  This appears to be as a result of driving the Go Local symbol fascia.

Self Scan gaining ground in convenience

Self-scan appears to be gaining ground in the convenience sector. Further underlined by an article in Convenience Store, which reports that franchisees of the Southern Co-op have introduced self-serve checkouts in a number of their Welcome-branded stores. 

ACS warns about government’s proposals to tackle obesity

In an article in the latest Convenience Store magazine the CEO of ACS, James Lowman warns about the government’s plans to restrict the sales of confectionery, snacks, soft drinks, and other high fat salt/sugar products through bans on multi-buy and price promotions. Lowman believes such measures could have a significant negative impact on c-stores not just bad for the retailers but also for the customers who value their local shop. Your views please?

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