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Season of goblins, ghosts and ghouls

Halloween has become the third most profitable seasonal event of the year for independent retailers (after Xmas and Easter). Asian Trader checks out the...

The little store that’s a huge hit with all the customers

Bhadresh Patel has pulled out all the stops in transforming a cramped former ‘paper shop; into a shining one-stop c-store. Asian Trader paid him...

Lighting up sales this Diwali

Diwali is both deeply personally significant and an opportunity to increase sales. Asian Trader finds out more about the festival of light. Dating back to...

How to cash in on the student pound

With the right marketing cues, students can be turned into the perfect c-store customers. As the new academic year beckons, we find out how...

Beautify the fixture for healthy sales

The Health and Beauty category offers huge untapped sales potential to retailers, especially as research suggests the majority of consumers don’t know their local...

What will be big in 2019?

Asian Trader asks suppliers to gaze into their crystal ball and predict the trends that will drive the grocery market in 2019. The independent retail...

Fangtastic sales at Halloween

Halloween and Bonfire Night present a huge opportunity for retailers to grow sales across categories including sweets and drinks. Asian Trader finds out more. Halloween...

Easter starts on New Year’s Day!

With Spring containing Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter, the season is a key one for confectionery. Retailers need to be ready from January...

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...

Tobacco: surviving and thriving

The tobacco sector has maintained sales in the face of legislative challenges and a severe illicit trade. Asian Trader finds out what is happening...