Leading tobacco accessories supplier, Republic Technologies (UK) Limited has presented its annual wholesale awards, recognising cash & carry and wholesale partners for their effort and commitment throughout the year.
The Republic Technologies Wholesale Awards 2016 acknowledge wholesalers and cash & carry partners who have assisted in developing the tobacco accessories category in-depot over the course of the past year.
Gavin Anderson, General Sales Manager at Republic Technologies UK, says: “Despite what has been a challenging year for the tobacco market, our cash & carry and wholesale partners have gone above and beyond to help drive brand awareness and indepot sales.
“We’re pleased to be recognising their achievements for the second year running.”
Alex Robson, Category Manager for Tobacco at Bestway, winners of the Wholesaler of the Year award, said: “We are extremely honoured to have won the Swan Wholesaler of the Year award for our category work with Republic Technologies.
“The tobacco accessories category is critical to retailers as many smokers have switched from cigarettes to RYO as the price of cigarettes continues to escalate. At Bestway, we worked closely with Republic Technologies on the Swan brand to improve the retail range and availability in depot, as well as offering customers advice on merchandising principles and managing the category; all of which resulted in double digit growth for the brand in what was an extremely challenging year for the tobacco industry.
“This proves that there is still major headroom for growth when suppliers work with Bestway in a collaborative manner.”
• Wholesaler of the Year Award 2016 Bestway
• Best Customer Activity Award 2016 Dhamecha Cash & Carry
• Outstanding Depot Award 2016 Thames Cash & Carry
• Symbol Retailer of the Year Award 2016 Stans Superstore
• Symbol Multiple of the Year Award 2016 J & J Wilson
• Depot Manager of the Year Award 2016 Danny Greenwood, Batleys, Bradford
• Discounter of the Year Award 2016 Poundworld