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  1. Irish Convenience Market Trends [WHITEPAPER]

    Convenience is as popular as ever in Ireland, with shoppers visiting a convenience store on average at least twice a week. However, time spent and subsequently money spent in store is falling behind that of the UK for example. In fact, 2 in 3 shoppers spend less than 5 minutes in a store in Ireland compared to less than half of those in the UK and it’s even less in the rest of Europe.

  2. Meeting Convenience Shopper Needs in 2017 [WHITEPAPER]

    Marketplace competition is increasing, while external factors including legislation are putting pressure on retailer bottom lines. At the same time, shoppers are more demanding in terms of both their shopping experience and value for money expectations. When it comes to convenience, the mix of challenges and opportunities are what makes it such a vibrant and dynamic channel to work in for both retailer and suppliers and it’s what makes our work at HIM so exciting.

  3. What can you do in 0.9 seconds? This is how the Convenience Display Effectivness Study works

    By teaming up with POPAI we have developed a groundbreaking research tool that aims to answer this question and more. Ultimately providing you with the key tools to deliver effective and impactful displays within convenience stores.

  4. Convenience Display Effectiveness Study - Playing the Brain Game

    The average adult’s brain generates 70,000 thoughts per day as it helps us to cope with the world around us, keep us alive and wonder about what’s for dinner that night. Luckily, our brains have also developed safeguards to ensure that we don’t have to process all those thoughts every day, as otherwise, we wouldn’t get anything done!

  5. Congratulations to the winners of the CTP awards 2017

    Thursday 11th May saw HIM host their 15th CTP awards at the Roundhouse. We would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to our guests and sponsors that made the evening extra special. The winners for 2017 are as follows:

  6. National Convenience Show and the ACS Forecourt Summit – What Did We Learn?

    Brexit, the election, inflation…it seems to be a never-ending circle of pressure and uncertainty affecting not only the convenience sector but the retail landscape as a whole. But business goes on and recent industry events such as the National Convenience Show and the ACS Forecourt Summit have shown us the exciting future in store for the convenience sector.

  7. The challenges of using a grocery shopper marketing strategy in the convenience channel

    By their very nature the convenience shopper is time poor and mission ready. For many, this is a quick stop to pick up essential items with shoppers buying only 2-3 items on average per trip. Not only does the average visit last only 5 minutes but 1-in-3 of us want to be in and out as soon as possible.

  8. New technologies can drive retailer engagement in wholesale

    The start of 2017 was an eventful time for wholesale with the announcement of the Tesco Booker merger which is set to significantly impact retailers and other wholesalers in the industry. This potentially heightened competition means that it is now more important than ever for wholesalers to invest in new innovative ways to engage with retailers.

  9. In a growing frozen food market c-stores must make sure they aren’t left behind

    According to the British Frozen Food Federation, the UK frozen food total market value is currently £8.13bn and is forecast to grow 2% over the next 5 years. However our data states that category penetration within the convenience sector has shrunk, and is currently at its lowest level since 2004, driven by increased competition from other channels, namely online and the discounters.

  10. The rise of mobile apps and their impact on convenience

    Smart phone ownership in the UK has leaped from 52% to 81% in 4 years, with levels expected to rise an additional 2-4% in the following 12 months. With users spending 90% of their time on apps compared to the mobile web, what benefits can they offer shoppers and what impact could it have on the convenience channel?

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