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Tills are ringing from the Big Night In

Consumers are staying in as much as going out, gathering friends together to watch a movie or a sporting event. Indies can capitalise by...

Spicier flavours heat up UK sauces market

Retailers can increase their profits from table and cooking sauces by tapping into the  trend for hotter flavours. Asian Trader reports     Merchandising tips from Heinz...

The petrol hut that morphed into a state of the art c-store…

Forty years ago, Rachel Hockmeyer’s family took over a tiny petrol retailing business. Today it has metamorphosed into a hugely successful convenience business, relaunched...

Hot bevs sales warming up

Hot beverages is a category which has modernised, with many stores now offering coffee machines, while the category also includes the more traditional tea,...

Sparkling sales from household cleaning

Recessionary consumers are buying a growing number of household products as top-up  purchases in small shops. Asian Trader finds out how to clean up...

Yes, we really do need to lower your business rates!

Priti Patel, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and Tory MP for Witham, spells out why she is urging her own...

Forecourt and Convenience: a marriage made in heaven

Forecourts have evolved beyond the traditional role of petrol station to become a multi-purpose convenience shopping destination. We are currently seeing big changes in forecourts...

How to merchandise chilled and frozen

Chilled and frozen remain profitable categories for independent retailers, but stores need to get the merchandising right. Frozen food has shaken off its reputation as...

How to win from the Big Night In

Consumers are still enjoying a Big Night In. Asian Trader discovers how indies can make the most of the occasion. With box sets and TV/film/sport...

Easy meal, quick profits

Rice provides an easy meal solution and taps into interest in world food products. Asian Trader finds out how independent retailers can capitalise. The rice...