UK’s leading trade event will help c-store operators and independent retailers flourish by getting the low down on latest trends

The National Convenience Show offers the perfect forum for convenience stores, forecourt traders, independent retailers, symbol groups, off licences and wholesalers to conduct these investigations. It enables owners and buyers to review the best fresh produce and products, as well as identifying new technology and services, from POS support to cutting-edge payment processes, that can improve efficiency and the in-store experience. In addition, it is packed with almost 130 exhibitors from companies including Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the coffee expert; Tropicana Wholesale, the health and sports nutrition distributor and Primal Pastry, which produces healthy food on the go.

Sessions at the Retailer Hub – the show’s on-trend stage for topical discussions – are designed to keep store owners up to date with the latest product and consumer trends, allowing them to grow their businesses in the most profitable direction. One such presentation, delivered by research company him!, will share the latest convenience shopper trends insights to help retailers tailor their businesses for the future.

Award-winning business expert Kate Hardcastle has shared her insights on TV, as well as having transformed companies across the country. Now, she is coming to the NEC and will be on hand to answer all business queries coming her way at the National Convenience Show.

With health and wellbeing still a major theme across industries, a further session will focus on the continued growth in demand for free-from products, protein-enhanced snacks and antioxidant-enriched drinks.

Other insights offered at the National Convenience Show this year will include capitalising on the demand for provenance; learning how to enhance an offer by meeting trends for personalisation, speed of service and targeting younger consumers; and how to maximise consumer spend in store. With consumer demands constantly changing, the trend for premiumisation forcing operators to continually evolve, and the need to stay one step ahead of competitors, retailers will come away from the 2018 show with plenty of essential advice to apply to their own businesses.

Dan Eversfield from the National Convenience Show said: “The convenience channel is a great place to be right now. Deeply engrained in shopper behaviour and with a strong future forecast, now is the time to capitalise on wavering loyalty to the bigger grocers. The National Convenience Show provides a one-stop opportunity to see the latest and just-launched products and services, as well as unrivalled expert advice to learn from, all in the same place.”

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