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  • February Opticians Article - Alliance Boots and D&A Merger

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Alliance Boots’ merger of its opticians arm with Dollond & Aitchison will create an optical giant, but what is the view of the competition?
    Some believe the integration will be far from straightforward and will lead to potential opportunities to steal customers.
    Specsavers joint managing director John Perkins says: “All mergers have some significant challenges and it’s [...]


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  • February Pharmacy Article - Taking advantage of Generic Substitution

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Pharmacy – Taking advantage of Generic Substitution.
    As branded products come off patent, manufacturers will have to develop more positive relationships with pharmacists. Mark Griffiths, chairman of Cambrian Alliance, a buying group for independent pharmacists, believes that generic substitution may lead to income growth for retail pharmacists.
    As they aim to retain market share, pharmaceutical companies are [...]


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  • February Public Sector Article - How will the global credit crunch impact British PPP/PFI projects?

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    How will the global credit crunch impact British PPP/PFI projects?
    How is the credit crunch affecting Public Private Partnerships and Private Finance Initiatives? A panel of experts recently debated the future of PPP/PFI projects in the current economic climate, discussions included banks’ confidence in lending, falling Government tax revenues, taxpayer value for money and public sector [...]


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  • February Retail Article - It is all about shopping Tribes

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    It is all about shopping Tribes
    Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur in his latest book, Tribes, argues that “lasting and substantive change can be best effected by a group of people connected to each other, to a leader and to an idea,”
    Making a success of retailing in today’s climate is all about the effectiveness of marketing.
    In [...]


    This post was posted in Retail Furniture

  • February Specifier Article - Construction activity shows January uplift

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Construction activity shows January uplift
    A small glimmer of hope for Britain’s struggling construction sector emerged today after figures revealed it contracted at a slower pace in January, with an improvement in activity across the sector.
    The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) which measures activity in the construction industry rose to 34.5 in January from a record low [...]


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  • February Veterinary Article - The Ultimate Pet Show

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Full steam ahead as sponsors roll in for The Ultimate Pet Show
    The organiser Blue Inc is expecting 15,000 visitors to attend “The Ultimate Pet Show 2009”, which is taking place from the 2nd to the 4th May 2009 at the EC in Birmingham. The event will consist of seminars, demonstrations, clinics and celebrity appearances. The [...]


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  • January Commercial Article - Recession Survival Tips

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Recession Survival Tips
    Business expert Barry Moltz recently offered eight tips to help businesses stay afloat during a recession.
    His valuable tips are paraphrased below. You can visit the full article for all the details:
    - Focus on Profitability over Growth – Focus on Cash Flow over Sales – Utilize Lines of Credit, Before they Disappear – Challenge [...]


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  • January Opticians Article - Establishing a Clear Vision

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Establishing a Clear Vision
    An article headlined “The View for the High Street” appeared in www.opticianonline.net dated 19th December 2009. Referring to our current downturn the article states:
    “I have noticed a definite shift in purchase habits in the past two months. Customers that in the past have been quite happy to add another £200-£400 to their [...]


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  • January Pharmacy Article - Refit Wisdom

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Refit Wisdom
    Because refitting a pharmacy involves more than simple display of merchandise it is wise to choose a shopfitting partner with specialist knowledge. Most importantly, skilful planning requires an understanding of working practice within a busy pharmacy.
    Areas of particular concern may be:
    • Merchandising retail layout for the most effective retail sales
    • Ensuring effective supervision of [...]


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  • January Public Sector Article - Using E-procurement in the Public Sector Supply Chain

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by admin

    Using E-procurement in the Public Sector Supply Chain
    Esa Tihila, general manager for BasWare Purchase Management, offers an insight into how e-procurement is finally delivering the long-awaited economic benefits. E-procurement systems were first introduced into UK Plc more than 10 years ago and are finally producing:
    - cost savings – streamlined supply chains – improved supplier relationships
    Public [...]


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