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Awards 

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. Why would you say that your in-store response to the pandemic, and the service to your local community during lockdown, mark you out as special?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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 defines your offering as the unique service and range customers need from an independent store?
  2. How have you managed to use your independent status during the pandemic to leverage your service and revenue?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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. Explain how a personal philosophy or set of beliefs has helped you to help your customers and their families.
  2. What initiatives have you developed to benefit your local community during the pandemic and especially help those who are vulnerable and in need?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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. Explain, with examples, how you merchandise your store overall to achieve maximum sales.
  2. What your winning strategy to increase and retain footfall during the lockdown – your unique merchandising strategy.
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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This is another new and very timely award. It addresses the latest, most vital responsibility added those that storeowners already have. In addition to feeding the nation, they are on the front line of keeping it safe and healthy, often at the expense of their own well-being. Effective social distancing innovation was pioneered by independent retailers in their shops, and here we recognise their inventiveness and care.

  1. How have you changed your store layout/safety plans to take account of the restrictions imposed by social distancing and other pandemic rules?
  2. What was your secret to ensuring compliance from customers and how did you make it work?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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 and how many lines of bakery products do you stock?
  2. Describe how have you dealt with supply and display-handling problems during lockdown in order to maintain your range and freshness
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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. Describe the ways in which food-to-go has encouraged you to change what you sell and how you merchandise your stock in general.
  2. How did you deal with the dip in food-to-go sales during lockdown and what innovations/adaptations worked for your store?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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. What are the best lessons you have learned from your parents and how you have put them into practice?
  2. How have you adapted and used your family experience to deal with the restrictions – and opportunities – for convenience retailing under ;lockdown?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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. What have you done to educate your tobacco customers about the vape and how did you prepare to profit from the menthol ban in May?
  2. The pandemic and lockdown saw vape shops closed – how did you capitalise on the possible rush of new vape customers to your store – with range and merchandising, for example. How did you keep them?
  3. Who would you nominate as the Asian Trader Wholesaler of the Year and why?
  4. Which manufacturer/brand has done the most to support your business over the last year and how have they done it?

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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.

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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.

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