Welcome to our new-look newsletter. We’ve had a spring makeover and updated our e-shot with a fresh, clean design.
We are also launching new features and columns; kick-starting this month with a regular column from convenience sector marketer, Stephanie Rice. As principal of Rice Retail Marketing, Stephanie is going to provide her take on the latest industry news and events and explore the convenience opportunities.
We’ve also teamed up with Imperial Tobacco to launch a new column - Tobacco Talk - highlighting the latest sales and legislative trends in tobacco retailing around the world. We are aiming to launch the first column in next month’s edition (May), so watch this space.
We bring you an update on Insight NACS’ Future of Convenience event in September, where Tesco programme manager for optimisation and simplification in supply chain, Eb Mukhtar, is scheduled to present. Find out how the supermarket has optimised availability in its Express convenience chain.
Insight NACS’ retail study tours will visit Norway this year - enjoy a sneak preview in our profile of one of Scandinavia’s newest formats, launched by Statoil Fuel & Retail.
Meanwhile, hear what a leading Australian forecourt retailer will be looking to learn when he visits the Insight NACS Future of Convenience event as part of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores’ 2012 tour.
Last, but by no means least, we unveil a top flight line up of judges for our new Product Availability Award. With the panel’s expertise spanning distribution, retail technology and fmcg, the entries are certain to be under serious scrutiny. Retailers and suppliers - you have been warned.
Fiona Briggs, Editor, Global Convenience Store Focus