Short, sharp shops are the future Convenience stores are well placed to exploit moves by consumers away from the big weekly shop towards more ad hoc purchasing. But retailers need to adapt their thinking if they are to make the most of the opportunities, according to Howard Southern, a director of the Henley Centre. "Over the next decade we believe there will be a decrease in planned and an increase in unplanned shopping. As consumers spend more time on the move they will spend more, as and when it suits them. So convenience stores will be able to capitalise on this." But while consumers will want "shorter, sharper" shopping trips, they will also demand ever higher standards, Southern warned. "Consumers are increasingly aware of their power." {{NEWS }}