My top tip is about connecting with the customer and promoting repeat purchases. Always have one of the following to give to new customers flying through - an up-to-date wine list, a newsletter, upcoming in-store tasting invite, brochure of other services such as wedding lists, godchild cases, en-primeur etc. Independent merchants never have enough time, staff or money to continuously target and retain customers through on-going marketing, but the above hand-outs often reminds customers to come back.
Greg Sherwood, Handford Wines, London
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