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One Stop’s first five-year franchise contracts up for renewal

One Stop’s first five-year franchise contracts up for renewal

Convenience Store is reporting that the first One Stop franchises are deciding whether to re-sign to the format as the Tesco chain marks its first anniversary of the franchise operation. One Stop currently has over 180 franchises and over 750 company owned stores in its portfolio. Retailer feedback to ConvenienceStore about One Stop is very favourable citing efficiency and pricing as key attributes.

Teen Vaping “Epidemic”

The Sunday Times is reporting that the company that stopped selling fruit-flavoured e-cigs in US shops after an outcry is planning a huge push in the UK. Juul, described as the iPhone of e-cigarettes and criticized for promoting a youthful image wants to introduce apple, mango and berry flavoured vapes in 55,000 supermarkets and stores. Juul says it “learned its lessons” for its British launch and does not pay social influencers to promote its products and prohibits marketing to young people.

Online growth in grocery slows

The Grocer  is reporting that online grocery growth is slowing as the number of consumers shopping online actually drops, according to new research from Mintel. The research shows that UK consumers spent £12.3bn shopping for groceries online in 2018 but at the same time the proportion of consumers shopping online fell from 49% in 2016 to 45% last year. Mintel associate director Nick Carroll said retailers were struggling to attract new customers because consumers were moving away from the weekly shop and were put off by charges for delivery.

Warm weather encourages consumers to shop over Easter

Talking Retail  is reporting that research company Springboard reports that footfall across retail destinations rose 6.5% on Good Friday, 1.2% on Saturday and 8.4% on Easter Monday morning. It attributes these increases partially to the warm sunny weather.

Price of legal cannabis soars in Canada post legislation

Convenience Store  is reporting that six months after the sale of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, illicit product is undercutting legal store by a “wide margin” new price data released by Statistics Canada (StatCan) suggests. The purchase price from legal sources is on average 56.8% higher than the purchase from illegal sources. The price of legal drugs has increased by 17% since recreational legislation in October 2018.

Over 80 percent of shoppers want “drastic changes” to food and drink packaging

Asian Trader is reporting that in a survey by retail app Ubamarket, 82% of respondents said the level of plastic packaging on food & drink needs to be changed drastically. Over 77% think manufacturers and supermarkets are causing the most plastic pollution rendering their efforts at recycling irrelevant. The research showed that those aged 55 and over were significantly more concerned with plastic pollution than the other age ranges.

David Gilroy

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