Blakemore puts the spotlight on vending

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has appointed a new head of vending, responsible for developing a one-stop solution for vending operators nationwide.

David Boothby joined Wholesale Distribution, which forms part of the AF Blakemore Group of Companies, in October, with more than 20 years’ experience across the vending sector.

Boothby said: “I am delighted to join A.F. Blakemore at this current stage of the company’s evolution and am committed to placing the customer at the heart of everything that we do. Integral to this will be a review of the way that we service our customers via technology and the creation of new approaches towards on-line ordering and e-commerce.”

Boothby, who has 14 years’ previous experience with the Kafevend Group and more recently with Eden Springs UK, said that the importance of establishing a comprehensive one-stop solution would play a central role in his future strategy. “We want to be the number one choice for vending operators in the supply of both consumables and associated ancillary products,” he said, adding: “It is great to be part of a family run business with strong values and a core element of this culture is to develop strong partnerships across the supply chain for the benefit of customers.”

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution managing director James Russell said: “I am delighted to welcome David to A. F. Blakemore and the Wholesale Distribution team. The vending and automated retailing industry is worth in excess of £1bn, and continuing to grow and evolve. David brings huge experience and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the vending market, which will complement our expertise in impulse and will play a pivotal role in helping us to deliver our vision as the go-to partner for all vending operators.”

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