Many of the factors that have fuelled growth in the sector in recent years continue to play a role. These include structural changes, such as smaller households and longer working hours, which are altering shopper habits and helping drive convenience sales. Many shoppers now favour a ‘little and often’ approach to grocery shopping, which is also increasing the appeal of convenience stores. Operators are continuing to focus on building their value credentials, improving store standards, and developing ranges to meet the changing needs of consumers. Stores are also looking towards additional services such as ‘click and collect’ and parcel pickup to attract shoppers.
The UK independent convenience sector is a great place to drive distribution, gain incremental sales and build new brands. With emarket you have the perfect partner to leverage this channel. Through store visits, phone calls, and district meetings we speak to over 5,000 stores every week.