Wholesaling news

 

20 October 2020
Nisa, the wholesale subsidiary of the Co-op Group, is the latest symbol group operator to add a further variant to its portfolio of store packages available to independent retailers.  Launched at the virtual Nisa 2020 Expo, Nisa Express will sit alongside the established Nisa Local fascia to offer a package targeted to smaller stores that have historically been considered below the qualifying siz...
19 October 2020
Wholesaler Bestway, the owner of the Bargain Booze and Wine Rack franchise formats, is understood to be trialing two new variant store formats as a means of extending the demographic reach of its off licence offer for independent retailers. The new banners: BB’s and Tippl BB’s is seen as a variant on the established Bargain Booze format, which, while referencing its link to Bargain Booze di...
15 October 2020
Metro generated like-for-like sales showing a slight contraction, of just 0.5%, in its fourth quarter. The company said a recovery in HoReCa sales and a ‘ positive sales development ’ in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe had underpinned its improving performance. Strong recovery in key markets Metro said like-for-like sales had turned positive in Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe, which ...
08 October 2020
Trade press reports have revealed that Booker is launching a Jack’s discount store concept to add to its stable of symbol fascias, which includes Premier, Londis, Budgens and Family Shopper.  This development comes in the wake of the launch of Jack’s branded private label products through Booker, Tesco’s wholesale arm, in September.  The brand was originally developed as part of the Jack’s discou...
06 October 2020
Following the announcement back in July that its depot in Plymouth was to close, it has now been announced that Bestway is also to close its Batley’s cash & carry depot in Coventry.  Bestway aims for its customers currently serviced from Batley's Coventry to be transferred to others of its sites in the West Midlands, with delivered customers being covered by its Oldbury depot and ‘collect’ custom...
30 September 2020
Joining the competition with Costco and Walmart’s Sam’s Club, the retailer opens its first membership-only wholesale store in Shanghai. Challenging Sam’s Club and Costco The new wholesale store, known as X store, opens in Shanghai on 1 October. Goods bought in the X store can be delivered in half a day if the customer lives within a 20-km radius from it. “ We hope we can improve our capa...
30 September 2020
It has been announced that the foodservice consortium Country Range Group is to leave the Unitas wholesale buying group by mutual agreement as of 1 January 2021.  Country Range became a member of Unitas due to its legacy as a member of the Landmark buying group, which merged with Today’s in 2018 to create Unitas. Divergence over focus on driving standalone activity plans Country Range Group...
17 September 2020
The Grocer magazine has reported that Iceland has launched a trial to bring Bargain Booze branded concessions into its Food Warehouse stores, to boost alcohol ranges and bring greater focus to the offer. Extends Food Warehouse alcohol range to 1,000 lines The trial stores at Cheltenham, Poole and York now have dedicated Bargain Booze sections comprising 1,000 lines, more than doubling the e...
07 September 2020
Tesco has announced that Booker CEO Charles Wilson is to retire in February 2021 after 15 years of leading the Booker business. Charles Wilson was diagnosed with throat cancer a couple of years ago and has fought back against the disease but has decided that now is the right time to make a break from running the business. Leaves Booker as the biggest UK wholesaler with a unique breadth of capa...
04 September 2020
Accounts filed by warehouse club operator, Costco UK, for 2018/19 show its sales increased by 2.9% to reach £2,618m over the 12 months.  Operating profit rose by 32.4% to £19.2m, with operating margin up to 0.7%. Currently operating 29 warehouses Costco added one further warehouse in the course of the year, at Stevenage, bringing its UK total to 29.  As with other new sites, Stevenage inclu...