The Andrew Jolliffe Enterprise
SIR; Instead of offering new insight into the plight of independent retailers, Jerry Marwood's The Saturday Essay (The Grocer, May 13) perpetuates a well-trodden circular belief: while some consumers can't live without independents, their future seems to lie in the hands of authorities, reviews and protection bodies. Come off it. Other business sectors don't.
Take food manufacturing. Rather than tearfully bemoaning the dominance of conglomerates,small and medium-sized producers have set about pr0viding unique, creative products. And they sell. The same applies to retailers.
In order to thrive, independents must offer something unique. It might be a local service, a charity connection or a high-margin local product. There are countless possibilities. And, unencumbered by layers of corporate management, ideas can be implemented right away.