Published by: Joe Lenane | Published Date: 13th July 2012
A weekly round-up of the latest industry news from Retail Newsagent magazine.
Tobacco company JTI, maker of Silk Cut and Amber Leaf, has launched an unprecedented £2m advertising campaign in national newspapers and magazines to combat the government’s plain packaging plans.
Martin Southgate, managing director of JTI in the UK, where it vies with Imperial for market leadership, said: “We want to be part of the debate and to take a stand against entirely disproportionate measures.”
Its first target – highlighted in three ads that appeared last weekend – is to challenge how the consultation into “standardised packs” is being run by the Department of Health.
A Parliamentary Inquiry is to be launched into relations between police and community shops in October.
Home Office and Justice Ministers, police chiefs, retail organizations, magistrates and lawmakers will also be quizzed about sentencing and rehabilitation, and retail victim support at the probe to be set up by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail and Business Crime.
The three parliamentary sessions timetabled between October and next February hope to hear victim statements from the families of murdered retailers, including those of Gurmail Singh in Huddersfield, Craig Hodson-Walker in Fairfield and Javaid Ali who died two weeks after being stabbed in his Paisley store last month.
The Health Lottery is cutting its prize structure from next week “to make sure the game is sustainable”.
Organisers are giving players a permanent “second chance to win” feature with an extra draw for £100,000 and prizes including dream holidays, cars, VIP tickets and celebrity access to events using a Hot Ticket raffle code on the back of each ticket.
But cash prizes for three balls are to fall from £50 to £20 and for four balls from £500 to £250 from 21 July.
The top prize for matching five numbers, which is never shared, remains at £100,000.
Supermarkets blamed changing shopping habits for handing out 400 million more plastic bags in 2011 than in the previous year.
Official figures from waste reduction group Wrap released last week showed a 5.4% rise to 7.96 billion bags, amounting to each person taking 10 plastic carriers per month.
“The ongoing squeeze on people’s incomes means families are increasingly doing several smaller grocery shops during the week rather than one big trip, plus there is a switch away from going by car in favour of public transport.
The Olympic Torch relay continues to provide a huge boost to independent retailers as it sends sales of regional titles soaring.
Publishers continue to report double digit sales increases as readers turn to their local papers for coverage of the nationwide procession.
The latest newspaper to witness success was the Carlisle-based News & Star, which saw circulation jump 21% on the previous week and 12% year-on-year.
The title printed an early edition the day after the torch had passed through the city and used bespoke wraps to create geographic editions, which saw it record its highest sales figures for 13 months.