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SGF Delighted to Announce New Partnership with Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company

Scottish Grocer’s Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with leading brands Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company, which offer a range of adhesive and hardworking skin care products.

Gorilla Glue has been selling its highly popular Gorilla Glue products for over a decade with offerings including, Original Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Tape, Gorilla Super Glue, Gorilla Wood Glue, Gorilla Epoxy and the Gorilla Sealant range.

O’Keeffe’s have been developing skin care solutions for people with dry skin for over 20 years and today offer a range of high-quality skin care products including O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream, O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet foot cream and exfoliating cream, O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair lip balms and O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair body lotion.

There are almost 5,000 convenience stores in Scotland - with the value of sales in the sector reaching over £4 billion - who serve a wide customer base and do so successfully by diversifying the range of products offered to customers, in even the most remote of locations.

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema OBE said, “I am delighted to welcome both Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company into the Federation. The convenience sector operates in a hypercompetitive market place where customers demand high-quality products at a competitive price. The product range and high-quality offerings by both companies are sure to be popular with customers. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Sales Director for Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s Company, Matt Clegg, said: “We are looking forward to offering these incredible brands to convenience stores across Scotland. Our focus is on finding out what works for local stores and delivering it and we know that with both Gorilla Glue and O’Keeffe’s products we can do just that!”

Loomis and Scottish Grocers Federation in Partnership

Scottish Grocers Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Loomis, the UK’s leading cash management specialist.

Loomis has become one of SGF’s key member companies in a move which will be of real benefit to SGF retail members.

Loomis supports businesses with crucial cash collection and delivery services, intelligent smart safes, foreign currency, cash in transit and cash processing solutions.

There are almost 5,000 convenience stores in Scotland, with the value of sales in the sector reaching some £4 billion – a significant amount of that in cash.

SGF chief executive Pete Cheema OBE said, “We are delighted to welcome Loomis into the Federation. Effective and secure cash management is vital to our members.”

“Despite the reported dominance of card payments, 76% of transactions in convenience stores is still in cash. The SGF and Loomis will work together to develop tailored solutions to support Convenience in Scotland.”

Patrik Högberg, Loomis Managing Director added, “Loomis has long supported businesses throughout Scotland with essential cash management solutions. We see this partnership with SGF as a doubling-down on our long-term commitment to support Scottish Convenience retailers."

“We firmly believe that it is the members of the SGF who will benefit most from this alliance and at Loomis, we are absolutely convinced that not only will our solutions drive the future of money in Scotland – they will safeguard it too!”

 

 

SGF Best Trade Association

In 2018 the Scottish Grocers’ Federation celebrated its centenary year and it proved to be an incredibly successful and productive 12 months and this has continued. - SGF was delighted to recently receive a Global Business Insight Award in the category of ‘Best Trade Association – 2018’.

The Global Business Insight Awards celebrate business leadership, innovation in finance and investment and sector success across all seven continents of the world.

Votes are gathered year-round via a number of digital channels and then evaluated employing a transparent and dynamic framework. The judges of the Global Business Insight Awards are highly experienced and diverse; the panel are made up of transnational and multi-lingual appointed individuals whose backgrounds span a host of different disciplines such as European languages, journalism, history, media and not least business.

Pete Cheema commented,

“I am delighted that the SGF has been recognised with this prestigious award and it is particularly pleasing that SGF won in the ‘Best Trade Association’ category. This is further acknowledgment that the SGF is the authoritative voice for the convenience store industry in Scotland and is a successful, influential and well-respected trade organisation among government, policy makers and of course the retail industry.

It is also further recognition of how much SGF has changed over the past 3 years and of course we could not have done this without the support of our retail, wholesale and suppliers members. In 2019, we look forward to continuing our important work of ensuring a sustainable and prosperous convenience industry in Scotland.”

Scottish Government Wrong On Restricting Promotion

Scottish Grocers Federation has strongly criticised Scottish government proposals to restrict grocery promotions such as multibuys in stores as lacking in evidence, badly thought through and unenforceable. The Federation was responding to a major Scottish government consultation on reducing harm from foods deemed to be high in fat, salt and sugar. The consultation period ended today.

The SGF submission highlighted that the government has not yet defined which products would be included in the proposed restrictions and as such it was almost impossible to fully assess the impact on the convenience sector. The consultation document also stated that ‘upselling’ would no longer be permitted. In effect this means that staff asking customers if they would like a muffin with their coffee could be committing an offence. The Scottish government has indicated that any new regulations would be enforced by local authorities.

SGF head of public affairs Dr John Lee said,

“Retailers should be allowed to use a wide range of promotions to ensure they stay competitive and provide customers with the value for money they have come to expect. A the moment we simply don’t know the full range of products which would be caught up in new regulations – full technical specifications should have been published before this consultation was launched. It will be very difficult for retailers to accurately assess which products will be restricted. Additionally, we fail to see how any new regulations– which will undoubtedly be quite baffling for both retailers and customers - can be effectively enforced.”

The Scottish government has indicated that it will establish an ‘expert technical panel’ to develop new definitions of foods deemed to be high in fat salt and sugar.

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