Announcing the deal, Red Orange MD Chris Futter and Costcutter MD Nick Ivel blasted Nisa-Today's for competing against its own members with its flourishing symbol fascia, which was last week awarded Best Symbol Retailer
at the Him
According to data unveiled at the Convenience conference, one symbol retailer
selling price-marked dairy products, including Dairylea, Philadelphia and Lunchables, increased its total cash margin by 21% when comparing the 12 weeks prior and post the launch of price-marked packs.
The coming twelve months will be crucial for the growth of the business as it seeks to expand with its new three tier offer, providing symbol retailers
with the option of a value, standard and premium fascia.
are attracting shoppers of all ages: 29% are 16-34 while 35% are over 55.
These include stepping up staff training, making the Nisa-Today's six-days-a-week Premier Service on chilled and frozen available to Today's symbol retailers
, and Today's FM radio being launched to symbol and retail club members.
Crawford says: "Given that we didn't have complete control of the Key Lekkerland group, and that a large degree of those businesses' turnover was tobacco-related with low margins, we felt that we really preferred to service symbol retailers
rather than the independent trade in the UK.
Premier Group non food trading controller Jonathan Romane said he was working closely with Nisa symbol retailers
to encourage them to stock a core range of non food.
Retail director Mark Sheehan said the consultancy has noted that symbol retailers
are starting to abandon their traditional backstreet philosophy in favour of prime city centre units.
In all P&H McLane lost 14 symbol retailers
and gained 31 in October -- a net increase of 17 to a total of 745 stores.
Isdell points to the important position of the symbol retailers
in the irish Market, accounting for 27%.
The increase partly results from the decision by Watson & Philip last year to withdraw from delivered wholesaling to symbol retailers
and farm out that business to other wholesalers.
National promotions among the 350 symbol retailers
have ceased and each wholesaler has organised its own series of offers.