1. Entrepreneurship One way in which independent/SME retail entrepreneurs can reach their full potential whilst remaining independent is by joining a group of independent retailers.
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  2. Consumer protection When purchasing goods and services in the European Union, consumers need an adequate protection of their rights as well as transparent information and protection of their personal data.
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  3. E-commerce We want our members to be visible online. This means that when thousands of independent retailers are active in a group with a common branding they should be able to have a commonly branded webshop where goods can be sold at one, common, low price.
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  4. Circular Economy Groups of independent retailers are committed to play their part in addressing opportunities and challenges regarding the transition to a circular economy.
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  5. Competition rules Certain types of agreements, such as information exchanges, purchasing agreements, agreements on commercialisation and standardisation agreements are indispensable to the functioning of groups of independent retailers. They have many pro-competitive effects, which undoubtedly benefit consumers.
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  • Business presents new tool to improve consumer information

    Today the European business community is presenting its voluntary tool (link) to better inform consumers when they’re shopping online. The aim is to help companies find good ways to present their information to consumers including standard terms and conditions.

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  • Adoption Directive on Unfair trading practices (UTPs)

    On 25 April the new Directive on Unfair Trading Practices was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The next step of the EU’s work in relation to the food supply chain is a study into the economic effects of buying alliances on the functioning of the supply chain, and work is ongoing to enhance market transparency (price formation) along the agricultural and food supply chain. Member States have until 25 April 2021 to implement the Directive into their national legal systems. 

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  • Did you know that Independent Retail Europe members have over 757,000 points of sale?


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