More than 1,000 retailers were in attendance for Bestway’s new retail showcase in Liverpool, with symbol customers from brands Costcutter, Bargain Booze and Best-one alongside the wholesale Xtra Local retail club members showcasing their offerings.
The new event included more than 140 supply partners, who were sharing market insights and product opportunities with retailers. There was also more than 100 special Retail Showcase offers extended to attendees on the day.
Bestway’s managing director, Dawood Pervez, said: “Increasingly consumers are aware that it’s not just the price on the tin, but they have woken up to the fact that there is so much more to community stores. They are saving time, cost, energy and reducing emissions by shopping local, as well as reducing waste by not buying products they don’t actually want.
“90% of consumers shopping in local stores walk to the store, helping health and wellness and reducing obesity, and that’s before we consider the local business benefits of putting revenues back into the community.”
Bestway’s new retail director, Jamie Davison, added: “We will never be a faceless, transactional, wholesaler – the very heart and soul of our business is about collaborative retailing, getting to know our customers and helping them grow their businesses through providing the right products, the right service, and the right environment for them to thrive.
“Just one example is in today’s increasingly digital environment – we are leading the way in time-saving retailer tech and making platforms available to help them optimise margins, and help their shoppers buy goods in the way they want to shop.”.