Best-one is reorganising its drop shipment scheme, handing over responsibility to drop shipment and supply chain logistics specialists IDC, following the retirement of Steve Gasgoigne.
IDC will manage the whole process to Best-one stores, including working with more than 300 suppliers across chilled and fresh, frozen, cards and stationery, cakes and morning goods and a host of other categories.
James Hall, symbol director for Bestway said: “Steve’s retirement offered us the ideal opportunity to look afresh at our drop shipment model and IDC, who already have an excellent working relationship with Bestway, was the logical and perfect choice to continue the fantastic work they have been doing. I am grateful to Steve for the role he played in making our drop shipment scheme one of the best in the industry and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
Hall also urged retailers to consider drop shipment as a means of supply, saying it not only offered a wide range of products, but also helped retailers to trade more profitably. “Retailers keep telling me that they want to spend more time planning and developing their business. And yet some of them continue to make life complicated for themselves by dealing with a myriad of suppliers across a multitude of categories.
“Drop shipment helps free up valuable time as you only have to deal with one company and therefore one invoice and one point of contact. Substantial savings can also be made as you benefit from your wholesaler’s centrally negotiated terms and for Best-one members drop-shipment sales contribute to their My Rewards earnings which can be as much as 5% cashback. So there really are compelling reasons for retailers to look at joining a drop shipment scheme. Best-one is the most flexible symbol for retailers and our excellent drop shipment scheme is a major factor in our continued growth. I am sure that our partnership with IDC will continue to keep us at the forefront of the drop shipment supply chain,” added Hall.
Tim Marland, IDC’s business development director said: “As an existing partner to Bestway Direct, we are delighted to have been selected to manage all their drop shipment suppliers on behalf of their retailers. Our excellent business development and customer service teams mean we’ll have more resource to better manage Best-one’s drop shipment suppliers which will result in improved choice, service and savings for Bestway Direct customers.”
Bestway is also please to announce that following a successful trial in Scotland and the north of England, Bobby’s, one of the leading van sales distributors of confectionery and snacks, will be available to customers through drop shipment nationally.