Picture: Business shadow minister Bill Esterson (second left) at the NFRN’s 2019 Independent Retail Report launch in the House of Commons
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Labour pledges support for small shops on crime
Business shadow minister Bill Esterson has pledged that Labour would deliver better policies for independent retailers in areas including police support and business rates.
Speaking to RN at the launch of the NFRN’s 2019 Independent Retail Report in London last week, Esterson said: “It’s so important that we, as politicians, support the NFRN and its members.
Concern as Amazon plans click & collect network
Amazon has launched a new click & collect service and is looking to partner with independent convenience shops to build a national network of collection points.
Amazon Counter will run in direct competition with PayPoint’s Collect- Plus, OttoGroup’s My- Hermes, DHL’s PassMyParcel and UPS’s Access Point click & collect services.
Saturday paper sales continue to rise as other days struggle
Saturday continues to be the most successful day for newspapers, with the latest round of ABC figures showing an overall month-on-month rise, while weekdays and Sundays suffered declines.
April ABC figures showed Monday-to-Friday newspaper sales were down by 0.8%; Sundays fell by 0.9%, while Saturdays increased by 1.2% compared with March.