front-may.jpgWelcome to The Grocery Trader’s May issue. This month’s big news from our viewpoint is that The Grocery Trader continues to lead the way online, with major investment in our website. Already respected and valued as a grocery industry reference source, www.grocerytrader.co.uk has been totally redeveloped, and made even better for you to use. We’ve implemented the most advanced software available to make the site fully searchable by subject, date, company name and story title, and archived by month for your reference.

You’ll still find the same user-friendliness as before and all your favourite sections – News, Headlines, Interviews, and regular topics Grocery, Drinks, Non-food, Hardware, IT, Packaging and Warehouse & Logistics, plus this column and our previous editorial comments.

In other changes, www.grocerytrader.co.uk is now fully interactive: you can subscribe to The Grocery Trader’s RSS feed on the home page, submit stories on-line and leave comments. We’ve also improved our subscription manager system for new readers to sign up and existing ones to update their details.

In his issue, we have exclusive interviews with LINPAC Allibert, looking at Reusable Transit Packaging, and Mitsubishi Electric Europe, looking at LCD retail signage solutions. There’s never been a better time for manufacturers and retailers to make Reusable Transit Packaging a central part of the supply chain. LINPAC Allibert has the world’s largest RTP product range and offers a one-stop service to deliver the products on time in the volume required, backed by the market understanding to give your business the best possible service.

In uncertain trading conditions, maximising shopper interest through exciting, attractive visual displays is paramount. Growing numbers of retailers are harnessing the big screen’s persuasive power to get the message across in store, but choosing the right technology vendors is crucial. Mitsubishi Electric Europe’s (MEE) Visual Information Systems Division is working closely with its UK system integrator Icion Systems to develop and install its market leading LCD digital retail signage solutions.

In this month’s scheduled features ‘The Lite Stuff’ looks at the latest food and drink products offering Low/No alternatives in terms of contents of Fat, salt, sugar and alcohol, plus ‘free from’ alternatives. Use The Big Night to put a ‘spring’ in your sales with our second look of the year at treats for sharing: Food, drinks, snacks, sweets, chocolate and other seriously social goodies. Get ready for cool summer sales with the latest Fridges, Chillers and Air Conditioning news. And revisit the Food & Drink Expo 2008 Show, with our post-event feature.

Happy reading, and have a great month!

Charles Smith.

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