Expert Eye with

John Shepherd

Owner and Managing Director of Partridges
  • “Is price important to speciality food shops?”

    15 March 2016 Expert Eye
    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...
  • “Christmas Trading 2015”

    29 January 2016 Expert Eye
    'Tis the season to be analysing the Christmas trading figures... So how was it for Partridges in 2015?
  • “Resolutions of a shopkeeper”

    21 December 2015 Expert Eye
    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
  • “Are food shows worth attending?”

    06 November 2015 Expert Eye
    A perennial activity in the life of someone in the speciality food world is visiting food shows in all their shapes and sizes
  • “New ideas”

    20 October 2015 Expert Eye
    The headline of the Evening Standard on Thursday 10th September 2015 proclaimed the words “Store Wars” in bold type
  • “Partridges’ top 5”

    24 August 2015 Expert Eye
    Last month I wrote about the effect of the weather on sales, and so far it seems like this summer is maintaining the recent mini trend of relatively benign weather
  • “Blame it on the weather”

    07 July 2015 Expert Eye
    For us at Partridges, the weather only started in 2004 when we moved to the Duke of York Square. Until that time, weather was something that happened to other people
  • “Today’s political menu”

    21 May 2015 Expert Eye
    As far as the 10 General Elections we have experienced go, like everyone who runs his own business, I have often been asked how the fortunes of Partridges have been affected by different political masters
  • “Everybody wants to make a brand”

    27 April 2015 Expert Eye
    In the famous words of Tears for Fears, "everybody wants to rule the world", and this is no less the case in respect of shops and shopkeepers and their good name or brand
  • “The customer is in the detail”

    20 March 2015 Expert Eye
    In my view, the average Partridges customer would probably fall into one of three categories.
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