Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has partnered with dedicated online shopping platform APPY SHOP as it continues to expand its successful home delivery offer for retailers.

CSG will now offer APPY SHOP home delivery and click-and-collect to its independent retailers across the UK.

“Independent retailers recognise the current and future benefits of last mile home delivery in terms of increased footfall and basked spend,” said Sean Russell, CSG Group Marketing Director.

“The popularity of home delivery continues to grow, with recent data* forecasting that 70% of shoppers who already use convenience store home delivery plan to use it more often in the future and 46% intend to start using those services for the first time.

“Through our new partnership with APPY SHOP, we’re opening up that opportunity to CSG retailers, with a UK-wide online shopping platform specifically designed for convenience stores, supermarkets and forecourts.”

APPY SHOP, which is part of the Appy Tech group of companies, can be used as a stand-alone service by store owners. The cloud-based platform can be accessed via PCs, mobile devices or tills and retailers have the flexibility to make as much of their range available to shoppers online as they want.

Shoppers can place orders for home delivery or click-and-collect, either for immediate delivery or collection, or for a future time slot.

An order history function is available for repeat orders and a shopper favourites option enables quick and repeat orders. Charging is completed at the point of picking with payment via a secure portal.

“With no initial set up fee or weekly maintenance costs, retailers who choose to sign up with APPY SHOP through our partnership can offer the scale of delivery service that suits their particular store,” said Sean.

“It is entirely flexible and can be seamlessly integrated into their existing EPoS system. The platform also makes engaging with shoppers through digital channels such as Facebook even easier, as shoppers can order immediately through those channels.

“We’re confident that shoppers will continue to embrace the opportunity to have more of their weekly shop delivered to their doorstep, not only in response to the changing landscape on lockdown restrictions, but as an ongoing convenience from their local store.”

James Widdowson, Group Sales & Marketing Director at APPY SHOP comments, “APPY SHOP is delighted to have been chosen by Costcutter for this partnership.

APPY SHOP has enjoyed incredible growth over the past 12 months, going from strength to strength. This partnership is further evidence of our growth in the convenience and forecourt sectors and we are proud to be recongnised by many in the industry as the number one choice for retailers wanting to offer a Home Delivery and/or a Click & Collect service.

APPY SHOP will help Costcutter retailers to maximise their online orders and offer their communities a vital service in these difficult times.”

*Source – HIM and MCA Insight UK

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