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19 October, 2007

One thing I have found since also working on the retail side is the harsh competition that the independents are facing against the big multiple stores. One way round this is to keep customers coming back by always offering them something that the big stores can't, whether that's carrying their wine to the car or even rewarding bigger customers with maybe a Christmas bottle of plonk. Making your customers feel appreciated not only makes the experience good for them but also rewards your ongoing business and increases loyalty.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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