Welcome to the September-October edition of Wholesale Manager, the bi-monthly magazine for UK cash and carries and delivered wholesalers. We’re now firmly into the dark months: one more issue to Christmas, and then another year is behind us. Meanwhile there are still plenty of sales opportunities in what’s left of 2015.
In this edition we have features on Big Night In, The Warehouse and Business Technology. We also have our regular round up of industry news and stories about new products and services from the leading suppliers.
On our front page we hear from Honeywell Vocollect Solutions about how voice technology is transforming workers’ ability to understand and carry out instructions regardless of their native language. With large-scale labour mobility now a fact of life here, it’s good news for wholesalers with big warehouse staff requirements, given that a single recruitment firm is currently placing 25,000 warehouse workers a week, from 98 nationalities.
New products are the lifeblood of the wholesale business. On our front page you can also read about Lantmännen Unibake and their new Cheese Swirl under their Schulstad Bakery brand, designed to help wholesalers tap into the opportunity to provide must-stock, hand-held savoury solutions for customers.
Turning to our special features, the Rugby World Cup marks the start of the ‘Big Night In’ season from here through Halloween and Bonfire Night and into Christmas. Between now and November the Rugby World Cup has lovers of the sport and their friends and families scrumming down around their TVs, with time before, during and after each match to get stuck into food and drink for sharing. Halloween is on October 31st; one week later it’s Bonfire Night. Any excuse for consumers to party, and your independent retail customers to profit!
As our Warehouse feature says, at this time of year the pressure is mounting on wholesalers to gear up to serve customers in retail, catering and the on-trade. When you’re flat out like this, your warehouse really needs to be on top form. As well as having the right equipment and solutions, you need to be up to speed on warehouse safety. The faster your fork lift trucks work, and the more productive you try to be, the bigger the risks, especially with customers and staff walking near the trucks.
Finally, in today’s data-dominated world, to become ‘wired to win’ you need to turn your IT provider into a partner in your success by working together to identify your specific needs. You can read more in our Business Technology feature. Enjoy the autumn.