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  1. June Forward Planning

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Forward Planning for May

    Four brilliant trading events ahead in May

  6. 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.

  7. Looking Ahead to April

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

  8. Metcalfe’s Popcorn – Under 100 Calorie Snacks

    Healthier snacking is a massive opportunity for Independent Retailers with 67% of shoppers looking for healthier snacking choices.  

  9. March Planning Ahead

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

  10. Business Cash Advance by Liberis

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

  11. Act Now to get 60% Vape Dinner Lady deal

    Last few days to get the 60% off deal on Vape Dinner Lady

  12. February Trading

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

  13. Convenience Sector Continues to Thrive

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

  14. Key Trading Dates for 2019

    Sports festivals offer some great trading opportunities for the year ahead

  15. January Planning

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

  16. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities

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

  17. Christmas Alcoholic Drinks Sales Drivers

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

  18. Big Grocery Christmas Sales Opportunities

    Grocery offers some low risk high reward Christmas sales opportunities.

  19. Confectionery and Snacks. Christmas Impulse Sales Drivers

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

  20. 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.

  21. Non Food for Christmas Profit

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

  22. November Trading

    Bonfire night and Diwali are the big trading opportunities

  23. Profit in Your Pocket the Outstanding Retail Rebate Scheme

    Store Excel has launched an exciting new Retail Rebate Scheme. Monthly cash rebates straight in your pocket.

  24. 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.

  25. Planning Ahead for October

    Plan now for October. Halloween is the big one!

  26. Outstanding Value from Abacus Valuers

    Exclusive offer for Store Excel Members Only

  27. New! Weekly News Digest Service

    Store Excel's new weekly news digest service for busy retailers.

  28. Store Excel Weekly News Digest

    Stand out news stories from the week.

  29. Cost of Potato Crisps Set to Rise

    Pepsico Walkers, the biggest supplier of potato crisps in the UK market has sent a warning to all of its UK customers that the cost of potato crisps is set to rise. 

  30. Make time and space to care

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

  31. September Planning

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

  32. Card services review raises hopes

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

  33. Delivered or Cash & Carry?

    Delivered service appears to be surging past cash & carry purchases. Why?

  34. Special Travel Benefits for Store Excel Members

    Exclusive to Store Excel. Trouble free and great value holidays for busy retailers.

  35. Looking Ahead to August

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Tips to weather the carbon dioxide crisis

    The carbon dioxide (CO2) crisis has caused alarm in the sector with wholesalers rationing the number of cases of carbonated drinks per customer in a bid to keep the supply chain fluid.

  39. Outstanding £100 Off Stock Take Deal from Abacus Valuers

    Abacus Valuers are offering £100 off the cost of stock takes.

  40. 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.

  41. July Planning

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

  42. Boost launches holiday on-pack promotion to drive summer sales

    Boost Drinks is running an on-pack promotion across its 250ml Original Energy price-mark variant, offering consumers the change to win a holiday to Barcelona.

  43. Outstanding Coffee Offer from Espresso Essential

    Outstanding exclusive offer from Espresso Essental Coffee for Store Excel members only.

  44. Fresh approach to shoplifting urged

    A new report from the Centre for Social Justice recommends a fresh approach to tackling shoplifting.

  45. Shopping with the General Public

    Is it time for independent retailers to accept that they could be shopping in their cash & carry alongside members of the general public?

  46. Don't fall foul of rates appeals process

    The new business rates appeals system in England has flummoxed shop owners with ratepayers “tearing their hair out”, rating experts at Colliers International have claimed.

  47. June Forward Planning

    June promises to be a brilliant month for sales. The World Cup will be a big sales driver!

  48. Retailers Set to Benefit as Boost Launches New 12 for 10 Promotion

    Boost Drinks has unveiled a new 12 for 10 promotion with the aim of helping independent retailers maximise the return on their energy drink sales. 

  49. KETTLE® Crisps launches new £1 PMP sharing range

    KETTLE®is the UK’s number one hand-cooked crisp1and must-stock premium snacking brand for Convenience Retailers.

  50. Great Card Payment Savings with NetPay

    Save up to £600 per annum* on current card payment transaction charges

  51. KETTLE® Chips Real Food Real Pleasure TV campaign

    As KETTLE® Chips celebrates its 30th year in the UK, it is pleased to announce the launch of its biggest ever TV campaign.

  52. Planning Ahead for May

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

  53. 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.

  54. Join Doddle and Drive Footfall

    Drive new footfall to your store. Become a Doddle location

  55. Abacus Valuers Brilliant Stocktake Offer

    Abacus are offering £75 off the cost of a full stocktake. Brilliant!

  56. Sugar Tax Now in Force

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

  57. Online Training Benefits for Retailers from Bolt Learning

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

  58. 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.
  59. Exclusive Money £75 off Deal from Abacus Valuers
    Abacus Valuers is offering an exclusive money off deal for Store Excel members only. Visit the Voucher Zone for details.
  60. Wholesalers Must Up Their Service Game

    The Tesco/Booker deal could be good for retailers if it makes wholesalers up their service game.

  61. 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.

  62. Looking Ahead to March

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

  63. Abacus Valuers Recommended by Retailers

    Convenience stores retailers recommend Abucus Valuers. Read the testimonial and contact Abacus.

  64. 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%.

  65. P&H' and a Truck Load of Debt

    The latest news from administrators Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) re the P&H debts has laid bare the extent of parlous state of the failed comapny's finances.

  66. 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.

  67. Two Exclusive Outstanding E-Cig Deals from Store Excel

    E-cig sales are surging. Take advantage of these two excellent offers from Store Excel and Philip Morris International

  68. Abacus Valuers Offer an Unrivalled Stocktaking Service

    Abacus Valuers do not sub-contract any work or employ agency or casual staff. They are convinced this approach significantly improves performance, accuracy and team working. A superb option for busy retailers.

  69. 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.
  70. 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.

  71. 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.”
  72. Fresh & Frozen Christmas Opportunities
    As we are fast approaching Christmas and New Year, the forward planning focuses more to the fresh & frozen ranges.
  73. 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.
  74. P&H Collapse: Abra Wholesale Delivers Nationwide
    If you're in difficulty following the P&H collapse, North London wholesaler Abra Wholesale can deliver a full retail range to you.
  75. P&H Collapse: The Winners and Losers
    The collapse of Palmer & Harvey yesterday has sent a shockwave through the convenience and wholesale channel.
  76. Grocery Christmas Sales Gems
    Last minute purchases offer a great low risk sales opportunity in the grocery department.
  77. Impulse Categories Drive Christmas Profits
    Well selected and maintained impulse ranges will drive incremental additional profit throughout December.
  78. 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.
  79. Tesco/Booker Merger Will be Good for Retailers
    Retailers stand to benefit from the Tesco/Booker merger as all wholesalers will have to raise their game.
  80. 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.
  81. 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?
  82. Two Exclusive Outstanding E-Cig Deals from Store Excel
    E-cig sales are surging. Take advantage of these two excellent offers from Store Excel and Philip Morris International
  83. 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.
  84. Primal Pantry Exclusive £2 off Voucher Offer
    Our main passion at The Primal Pantry is to raise awareness of the huge benefits of eating 100% real food, through our premium snack bars and our protein energy bars.
  85. BOOST LAUNCHES £25,000 COMPETITION
    Boost Drinks will be launching a major new initiative in September to drive sales of its 500ml SKU. This on-pack promotion on its 500ml PET bottles, promises £25,000 worth of prizes to include cash, Amazon vouchers and cinema tickets.
  86. 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!
  87. Could P&H be Wholesale’s Monarch?
    The wholesale industry is changing rapidly. Is cash-strapped P&H a business under threat of closure?
  88. Jaffa Cake Noise Unjustified
    The hysteria around the pack content change in McVities Jaffa Cakes is not justified
  89. Plan ahead for October
    October offers some great sales and traffic-building opportunities. Time to plan ahead.
  90. Birds Eye Underlines the Frozen Food Opportunity
    Birds Eye has refocused and simplified their offering for convenience stores.
  91. Senior Industry Figures Slam Supplier Availability
    Senior wholesalers are critical of current supplier service levels stating that it is adversely affecting business. This cannot be allowed to go uncorrected.
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. Time Poor Retailers Can't Afford to Stand In Line at C&C Checkouts
    Cash & Carry's need to up their game at the checkouts to give time poor business customers a frictionless and fast service. This is the new competitive battleground.
  95. Ban on Plastic Card Charges - More Policy Detail Needed
    The government has announced that surcharges on plastic card transactions will be banned early next year. Too early to yet to determine the implications.
  96. Can Technology Help Time Poor Retailers?
    Retailers are becoming time poor. Can technology be a benefit? Does online & app ordering really help?
  97. August Sales Planning
    August should be hot & sunny - plan accordingly. Bank holiday 28/08 and back to school will also drive sales.
  98. Food to Go Raises Store Perception
    Securing a food standards agency hygiene endorsement can underpin store standards
  99. Re-Releasing the Boost!
    Building on its reputation as Champion Of The Independents, Boost Drinks is kick-starting the summer with a new marketing campaign aimed at taking the brand to millions of new consumers and boosting sales for its independent stockists.
  100. July Hot Weather Trading
    July is all about being prepared for hot weather trading and outdoor events. Both at home and picnics.
  101. May & June Trading Opportunities
    Late May & June offer some excellent trading opportunities. Especially if the weather is kind. Plus three great sales events.
  102. 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.
  103. Palmer & Harvey Looking More Secure
    Recently announced new finance and tobacco deals will help to secure P&H
  104. Palmer & Harvey in Refinancing Talks
    Sky News has reported that Palmer & Harvey (P&H), a key supplier to Tesco is in talks with two of its major tobacco suppliers regarding the purchase of an equity stake in the business for tens of millions of pounds.
  105. Plan Ahead for Easter
    Easter weekend is the big trading opportunity for small stores.
  106. Planning Ahead for March
    The days are getting longer. March offers two great trading opportunities: St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day
  107. Business Rates Rise a Serious Threat
    Business rates are a significant overhead for all businesses but more impactful for small enterprises. The Government's planned increase in business rates could seriously damage small businesses.
  108. 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.
  109. Product Availability is THE Most Important Consideration
    You can't sell what you don't have. Product availability is key. Before price and service.
  110. Fresh! Free From Fear
    There are still too many independent retailers not proficient enough in managing fresh food. Long-term survival & success is dependent on mastery of fresh foods.
  111. Store Excel: You Decide
    Help us select the content of this site. You, our valued retailers, are the decision makers.
  112. Suppliers: Who's Doing the Business?
    Is it us but do the same suppliers step up every time? Are those suppliers the ones with the biggest budgets? Who are the real supplier heros?
  113. Exhibition Season Beckons
    All the major exhibition companies, wholesalers and convenience store groups are planning their exhibitions for the spring and summer.
  114. Welcome to Store Excel
    Store Excel is specifically created & designed for you. Read more about how the website can help your business.
  115. Poor Standards Kill Business
    High standards are important. If your shop looks shabby your customers will notice.