Marwood, managing director at Blakemore Trade Partners, which serves 780 independently owned Spar stores, told retailers attending this year’s SRS 17 trade show the sector was entering a “revolutionary stage” following the move by rival wholesaler Booker to join forces with Tesco in a £3.7bn deal. But he added: “It’s important we stick together, we share ideas and promote the independence of our business while working together. Fundamentally, that’s what being a symbol group is all about.
The 2017 Local Shop Report from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), published earlier this week, revealed the number of people working in convenience fell for the second year running, driven by a fall in the number of jobs per store. Speaking at the launch of the report in Manchester, Spar retailer Susan Connolly said her store in Wiltshire recently invested in electronic shelf-edge labels, which saved time pricing-up stock.
Experts at Manchester-based Under Age Sales, which helps retailers prevent sales to under-age teenagers, say thousands of minors are likely to head for shops across the country later in an attempt to obtain alcohol, in either celebration or commiseration of their exam results. Research from Under Age Sales claims at least 500,000 minors plan to drink alcohol to mark results day as under-18s seek to share the occasion with friends.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".