Best-one is reorganising its drop shipment scheme following the retirement of Steve Gasgoigne who left the company at the end of January.


IDC Ltd, specialists in drop shipment and supply chain logistics, and who have worked with Steve over the past three years to source and provide local and regional products to Best-one stores, will now assume direct responsibility for all of drop shipment operations for the UK’s fastest growing symbol operator.

Over the next few months IDC will manage the whole process to Best-one stores including working with over 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 comments, “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.”

James also urges retailers to consider drop shipment as a means of supply as it not only offers a wide range of products but also helps retailers 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.”

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