Global Convenience Store Focus > April 2010 issue
Spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere, at least, and the April issue of Global Convenience Store Focus continues last month’s green theme.
A new survey of global business leaders reveals that while the economic environment and consumer spending patterns remain the top focus, social and environmental issues are ranked more highly than a year ago.
James Graven is a leading UK convenience and forecourt retailer taking green issues to heart across its Budgens and Spar stores, installing and implementing energy-saving initiatives.
Elsewhere, a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Retail Forward suggests shoppers will be more selective in the post-recession recovery and will retain behaviours such as using coupons, price comparison web sites and loyalty programmes. Tesco appears to be holding a trump [Club] card in this respect and is reaping the rewards of its latest double points promotion, according to the latest market share data.
As a consequence, Asda is under pressure and turning to smaller store formats and online business to grow share.
Waitrose, meanwhile, has dialed up a record market share in the UK and is further extending its brand in a raft of convenience-oriented outlets including Boots, the chemist.
Several of these trend-setting outlets, and others, will feature in the Insight NACS Future of International Convenience Retailing event in London, 20-23 September 2010, and are likely contenders for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, which will be presented on 21 September. To enter please visit Call for entries in the International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award 2010.
Fiona Briggs, Editor, Global Convenience Store Focus
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Asda to develop smaller format stores and online sales
New tobacco opportunities unveiled at US event
Tesco clubs opposition in UK
Brett Barclay of Him! Australia on the latest CTP (Convenience Tracking Programme) findings
Shoppers will be more selective in recovery, claims new report
Economy is top priority for business leaders but CSR gains ground
One third of Americans troubled by debt
UK retail sales remain buoyant, says CBI
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April 2010 Issue