I am pleased to report that Christmas 2016 proved to be our busiest Christmas yet. For the 24 days of December up to Christmas Day itself, we were 5.7% up on 2016. For the entire month of December 2016 our sales rose by 6% on the previous year. Our previous best year was 2015 which we increased by 4.5%
As I write this halfway through November 2016, the very thought of the past year causes a sharp intake of breath. The Brexit uncertainty, the American election, declining sales and a fainting pound scarcely bring a smile to the face unless you happen to be looking out of the windows of the Kremlin, I have heard. Then what about 2017? Article 50? President Trump? Our staff?
We are now just about to enter our 45th year at Partridges. So much has been learned along the way and (dare I say it) quite a lot forgotten. However, in every year that passes there is, it seems, an increasing barrage of information attacking us from all directions, which becomes very hard to process let alone remember. So I thought that, as the year draws to a close, I would share various bits of unusual information that have managed to connect with my memory bank during the last 12 months. Here goes:
For all my working life in speciality food, we have yearned for the balmy, sunshine days of summer when customers seem in a happier frame of mind and have the delightful tendency to spend a little more money in a short space of time prompted by the lure of the al fresco lifestyle
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable. So runs half a Chinese proverb. As a retailer I can readily agree with that
I am writing this article on April 21st – H.M. the Queen’s 90th Birthday – and very many happy returns are in order. This is not, of course, Her Majesty’s official birthday, which falls on June 12th, but the actual day on which she was born. Between those two dates in April and June there are a lot of opportunities for speciality food shops to hold activities that celebrate this auspicious occasion and prove popular with customers
Last year I visited one of my favourite places – Bologna in Northern Italy, often described as Italy’s culinary capital
Known Value Items or KVIs are literally the bread and butter of supermarkets and convenience stores. Not only because bread and butter features on the list of items, but because they are the products that form the price perception of the shop in the eyes of the customers
'Tis the season to be analysing the Christmas trading figures... So how was it for Partridges in 2015?
The time for new year's resolutions is upon us again. Having discussed the subject already with a random selection of suppliers, customers and market traders, it is very good to note that there is a general air of optimism in circulation
A perennial activity in the life of someone in the speciality food world is visiting food shows in all their shapes and sizes
The headline of the Evening Standard on Thursday 10th September 2015 proclaimed the words “Store Wars” in bold type