Wholesaling news

 

03 June 2020
With the opportunity to create the buzz of the traditional in-depot wholesale trade show seriously compromised by the need for social distancing, Grimsby-based Unitas member Dee Bee has launched its first online trade show to fill the gap in its promotional calendar.  Replacing the cancelled ‘physical’ trade show planned for May, Dee Bee has created a dedicated online space allowing customers acc...
06 May 2020
Following Wumart’s announcement last October that it intends to acquire an 80% stake in Metro China, the deal is now complete on 23 April. In this article, we explore what impacts this merge might bring to China’s grocery industry. Metro’s strengths make up the shortcomings of grocery retail in China China might lead the world in digital payment and retail technology, its grocery retail i...
20 April 2020
As foodservice wholesalers seek to tap into the hugely increased demand for remote shopping, and offset the loss of their core B2B sales, JJ Foodservice has further stepped up its consumer offer with the launch of same day delivery from three depots. Shoppers in London, ordering online before 11.00 am, Monday to Friday, from JJ’s Enfield, Sidcup and Dagenham branches can now get delivery the same...
14 April 2020
The retailer will open a new store in Suzhou, an eastern city near Shanghai. It will the company’s third location in the country. Expanding presence and targeting middle class shoppers The retailer is planning for a warehouse store with a floor area of more than 50,000 sq m in Suzhou New District.  It opened its first store  in Shanghai in August last year. Earlier this year, the re...
03 April 2020
Following the move of other foodservice wholesalers to target retail sales, as the emergency shut down cuts off their core market amongst out-of-home businesses, Brakes has launched a call & collect service to sell to the general public. Initially made available from three of its distribution depots earlier this week, it has now been extended to eight sites across England. Browse online, order...
03 April 2020
Leading independent UK wholesaler, Bestway has posted full year results for the year to June 2019, revealing sales up to £2.3bn, boosted primarily by the inclusion of a full year of trading of its Bestway Retail division, acquired from the failed Conviviality business in early 2018. Core wholesale division with sales of £2bn In the core business, based around its network of 65 cash & carry ...
29 March 2020
Major UK national wholesaler, Bestway has put in place clear social-distancing measures across its self-service cash & carry network, to safely manage the high levels of footfall seen during the current pandemic emergency. One-in one-out to limit customers in-depot Bestway has set limits on the number of customers in each of its depots at any one time.  Depending on depot size, this restricts...
26 March 2020
Leading north-west regional wholesaler, Parfetts has moved to a 24/7 picking operation to meet spiking delivery orders from its independent retail customers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Faced with unprecedented consumer demand independent retailers are purchasing in significantly increased volumes to meet these needs.  Parfetts’ traditional cash & carry business is also sharply...
24 March 2020
As the foodservice supply sector seeks to pivot to meet the challenges of the radically altered reality of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more wholesalers are seeking to shift capacity into supplying end-consumers.  As well as those now offering click & collect services, major operators such as Bidfood and JJ Foodservice are also offering home delivery, drawing on their extensive lo...
20 March 2020
As spending drops off in the out-of-home sector, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UK foodservice wholesalers are looking to replace lost volume by offering online ordering services to end-consumers. These companies are seeking to tap into the huge demand flowing into the retail channel, where availability is often limited. Country Range members launch click & collect Several memb...