Awesome performance by best-one Best-one, the award-winning symbol group from the UK’s leading independent wholesaler, has signed up 60 ex-Costutter and Mace stores in February in its most successful recruitment drive ever.
Retailers across the country have enlisted their stores into Bestway Wholesale’s symbol offer after receiving fantastic support from depots and the field sales force since the collapse of P&H in November last year.
Tony Holmes, sales director for Bestway Wholesale is delighted by the response from new customers. “From Aberdeen in the north to Plymouth in the south, I have been overwhelmed by the feedback we have been receiving from ex-Costcutter and Mace members. They were badly let down in the supply chain, but the vast majority were disillusioned that they received no communication or support. Retailers need wholesale partners who want to provide great service, not just lip service. The new members appreciated the effort our sales team put in and that gave them an insight in to how we work with best-one members and the scale and scope of the business. For many it was a real eye opener on how Bestway could add value to their business and drive sales.
Holmes continues “Over the next few months we will be working in partnership with these new members to put up fascias, develop their stores and help them focus on the key growth categories in convenience including fresh, chilled and frozen. We have doubled the size of our Coventry chilled distribution centre to xxx,xxxx square feet and our depots are doing a fantastic job to fulfil orders so are confident that we can meet the needs of our new members.”
Best-one continues to see sales rise with an 18.9% increase on sales year on year (Feb 2017-Feb 2018). Retailers benefit from credit facilities and store investment capital* in addition to zero surcharges and up to 5% rebates on purchases via the My Rewards rebate scheme.
Best-one was also rated as the UK’s best symbol group in a recent Which? survey, only bettered in convenience by M&S Simply Food and Little Waitrose.