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The Asian Trader of the Year is the most celebrated and coveted award in the independent retail sector. The winners of this award have done a huge amount over the years to raise standards and transform the fortunes of the Convenience sector. Only a retailer who goes the extra mile can take this trophy home.

  1. What are the qualities and achievements that make you the Asian Trader of the Year?
  2. Describe your product offering and say why it beats your competitors.
  3. Which category performs best for you and what have you done to make it so?
  4. What do you think an elite independent retailer should be doing in his/her store in 2020 and beyond?
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The award for Best Independent Retailer recognises an entrepreneur who has built a successful Convenience business. Offering a wide range of products, the winner will need to be an outstanding Convenience store which has seen spectacular results in both turnover and customer numbers.

  1. What is the best innovation you have made to your store over the past 12 months?
  2. In the last year, how have you developed the store in terms of new products and layout to improve revenue?
  3. Describe your best strategy for increasing footfall in your store.
  4. In what ways do you support your local community outside of your store or in terms of extra services?
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The Spirit of the Community Award will reward a store which is truly at the heart of its community. The winning store will need to go beyond the call of duty to help customers and the neighbourhood.

  1. How would you advise a store-owner to become the spirit of the community?
  2. What initiatives have you developed to benefit your local community over the last 12 months?
  3. Explain how a personal philosophy or set of beliefs has helped you to help your customers and their families ?
  4. Which local good causes do you support? Please give two or three examples of how you have done this over the past 12 months
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The Best Impulse Retailer Award is for a shop which is exceptionally well merchandised and ensures all its ranges are immaculately displayed for maximum impact. The winner will provide outstanding customer service, offer promotions that are well executed with strong price points and will create excellent in-store theatre.

  1. What three main qualities make you an amazing impulse retailer?
  2. Explain, with examples, how you have merchandised your store overall to achieve maximum sales.
  3. What is the category that provides the best impulse-driven sales for you and how have you developed it??
  4. Please provide two examples of festival or calendar-related promotions that gained significant extra revenue for you.
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The Best Bakery Retailer Award is for a store with a beguiling bakery offering. The smell of freshly baked products makes a convenience store a pleasant place to be and tempts customers into a shop. Consequently, getting the in-store bakery right can give a business a massive boost.

  1. Describe your product offering – how much space do you dedicate to the bakery category? How many lines of bakery products do you stock?
  2. What percentage of sales does the bakery category contribute to your business and what sales growth have you seen from year on year?
  3. Which supplier have you worked the most with to increase your sales in this category?
  4. How have you actively promoted baked products to your customers?
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

This award recognises the fast-paced nature of current developments in the Convenience sector, and identifies the innovators who have adapted best to the changing tastes and needs of their customers with delicious ready-to-eat foods and meals – as stores in the sector evolve into a multi-service community hubs.

  1. Explain how your food-to-go offering has benefited your business.
  2. What is the best-performing component of food-to-go for you, and which element – meal or food-type – is proving the most difficult to merchandise and profit from?
  3. What two innovations are you planning to increase your food-to-go business over the next year?
  4. Describe the ways in which food-to-go has encouraged you to change what you sell and how you merchandise your stock in general.
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The pioneer generation of UK Convenience is now at or beyond retirement age, but their love of independent retail, their skill as merchandisers and their importance community figures, are often manifested in their daughters and sons who have carried on the in the trade. This award honours those who have best managed to prove that successful independent retail is indeed a family business with continuity across the generations.

  1. How have you improved on your parents’ business?
  2. What are the best lessons you have learned from your parents and how you have put them into practice?
  3. Give two examples of the drawbacks of continuing in the family trade and say how you overcome them.
  4. What do you think you can bring to the Convenience sector that will change and improve it for the future?
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

This is a new award that recognises how one of the major elements of independent retail revenue – namely tobacco sales – is threatened by ever-increasing prices, regulation and restrictions. The profitable and healthier vape and heat-not-burn alternative is now being adopted by who are nimble, enterprising store-owners who are educating their customers about vaping.

  1. Name the two best things you have done to improve your revenue from e-cigarettes.
  2. What have you done to educate your tobacco customers about the vape offer and technology?
  3. How did you prepare for and even profit from the menthol ban in May?
  4. How have you changed your store layout/merchandising strategy to take account of the possibilities of increased revenue from vape products?
  5. Describe two key challenges facing Convenience and explain your plans for taking advantage of them.
  6. List three ways in which you have responded and retained footfall after a new discounter/supermarket opened in your catchment area.
  7. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  8. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

You will be asked to upload a maximum of 4-5 photos of your store, including images of both the inside and outside, along with any other material to support your application. Max size for each image is 2MB.

The Asian Trader Manufacturer of the Year Award reflects the esteem readers of Asian Trader magazine have for suppliers and acknowledges the contribution manufacturers have made to our readers’ sales. Readers are invited to vote for the manufacturer who has best supported their business over the last year.

The Asian Trader Best Wholesale Depot Award rewards the wholesale depot which best meets the needs of its customers. Operating in a highly competitive market, wholesalers have to work hard and with passion to increase their turnover and customer base.