About 150 Costcutter retailers headed for the Algarve in Portugal on Thursday to take part in the symbol group’s annual conference.

During the event, marketing director Angela Barber is expected to announce a new group initiative to supply core ranging planograms to stores, to be rolled out from January 2004.

The initiative will dovetail with another project to be presented at the conference - a facility, developed with software company Galleria, which will enable Costcutter members to download store-specific planograms via the internet [The Grocer, September 6, p12].