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Associated Independent Stores

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Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is the UK and Ireland’s leading buying group for fashion, home, and leisure for independent retail. AIS works with independent retailers and a global supplier partnership to negotiate exclusive discounts and help drive profitability for their members.

Mindset has worked with AIS on developing a greater understanding of the needs and expectations of its members, focusing in particular on the way in which the pandemic has changed the UK's retail landscape and forced independent retailers to think carefully about how to develop their businesses. We have also researched suppliers to offer clear and detailed insights into their perceptions of AIS, the reasons they choose to supply and the opportunities potentially available.

Our recommendations - relating to AIS's relationships with both members and suppliers - have helped AIS develop a blueprint for the future.

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