The Fed partners with Menzies Distribution’s retail consultancy, FORE, to support retailers across the UK and Ireland

Menzies Distribution Ltd. (Menzies) and The Federation of Independent Retailers (The Fed) are pleased to announce that Menzies Distribution’s retail consultancy, FORE, will work with The Fed’s category management solution, NewsPro, to further develop the newstrade category in NewsPro’s 1800 stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

Through the partnership, Menzies Superleague stores will be included with NewsPro, expanding the already-existing, successful solution and creating one large independent retailer buying group – the largest of its type across the UK and Ireland, which will encompass over 3,000 members. As a result, group members will have access to numerous benefits, including; enhanced promotional offers for readers, offers to drive footfall to stores and preferential terms on adjacent category offers.

The collaboration with NewsPro will see FORE source promotional activity and provide operational and tactical sales support to stores, ensuring that newspapers and magazines maintain prominent retail space in a competitive landscape. The move supports the retail channel for publishers and further cements both The Fed’s and Menzies’ commitment to independent retailers and the news category.

Muntazir Dipoti, The Federation’s National President, commented, “Through this partnership, we are able to simplify the process for independent retailers and provide publishers with access to the largest independent retailer buying group operating across the UK and Ireland, further building a platform of great services and incremental sales for all.”

Grant Jordan, Managing Director, Newstrade at Menzies Distribution said, “Magazine and newspaper sales are incredibly valuable to independent retailers and the correct range and promotions are so important in attracting customers into stores and optimising sales potential. Printed media remains a vital part of our communities, providing information and entertainment for so many consumers and we are proud to be supporting through the services that FORE will be providing.”

One Stop Win Big at the Retail Industry Awards 2022

One Stop, one of FORE’s retail partners, has won both Convenience Retailer of the Year, and Multiple Community Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards 2022.

The Convenience Retailer of the Year award is a very wide ranging and broad category – One Stop cemented their win with being the first grocery retailer to be on all three major food delivery platforms and the expansion and move into online.

The Multiple Community Retailer of the Year award win was based on One Stop’s support for good causes, with judges packing out factors such as their innovative community engagement and high level of colleague involvement.

Well done One Stop!

FORE showcase at the Nisa Expo 2022

FORE was recently in attendance and on display at the highly acclaimed Nisa Expo 2022, held across two days in September at the NAEC Stoneleigh.

The past two shows held by Nisa were moved to a virtual platform due to Covid. This 2022 event gave FORE, retailers and suppliers a brilliant opportunity to meet up on a face-to-face basis after a significant period of time. More than 200 suppliers were in attendance to share their latest products, talk about the trends they are seeing and engage with Nisa partners, there were also over 800 retailers that attended the event across the two days.

This gave FORE the opportunity to meet customers, retailers and partners and promote the benefits of the news & magazine category.  It also gave us chance to showcase our new branding, and display a state-of-the-art wave unit provided by Bartuf, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative retail display solutions in the UK.


Thank you Ma’am

Everyone at FORE is deeply saddened by the announcement of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

We stand alongside fellow citizens of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world as we mourn the loss of our remarkable monarch who reigned with strength, grace, dignity and care for 70 glorious years.

We offer our sincerest condolences to her family at this gravely sad time.

Thank you Ma’am for your service. May she rest in peace.

God save the King.