Contact Us: 0207 017 8880

Independent retailers should seize the sales opportunities offered by Waitrose’s decision to scrap its free newspaper offer for its loyalty card customers, the NFRN has said.

The supermarket emailed myWaitrose card holders to advise that from February 22, they could no longer receive a free newspaper when spending £10 or more.

Reacting to the news, NFRN National President Narinder Randhawa said: “The free newspaper offer has long been a bone of contention with independent news retailers, as it has cannibalised sales.

“The announcement that Waitrose’s is scrapping its free newspapers later this month should provide retailers in the vicinity of its stores an excellent opportunity to pick up more casual sales.  We will be encouraging members in those areas to ensure their newspapers are prominently displayed at point of sale and, if possible, on their shop counters too.”

Mr Randhawa added: “The NFRN’s news department will also be working with news wholesalers to ensure that members have extra copies to enable them to capitalise on this exciting opportunity.”

Related Articles

Related Articles

Register for your free National Convenience Show badge

With just weeks to go until doors open to National Convenience Show, part of the UK Food & Drink Shows (29th April – 1st May), those planning a visit are being urged to register for their free badge here ahead...
Read More

Fed welcomes government’s new retail crime crackdown with separate offence for assaulting shopworkers

Independent retailers have welcomed today’s (Wednesday’s) announcement from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that assaulting a shopworker is to be made a separate offence. Muntazir Dipoti, the National President of the Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed), said: “We have been...
Read More

Tenby store uses AI technology to improve employee wellbeing and to deter crimes

New AI theft detection software that Tenby store owners Vince and Fiona Malone introduced in September 2023 has improved staff efficiency and increased staff safety and well-being as well as reducing theft, the delighted couple have revealed. The solution is...
Read More