Blakemore Wholesale, the cash & carry and delivered wholesale arm of AF Blakemore and largest member of the Landmark Group, has partnered with Torex to develop EPoS solutions for retailers trading under its Lifestyle Express fascia.
According to Torex, the solutions have been tailored to meet the needs of Lifestyle Express stores. They include an entry level version for outlets with a one or two lane operation and versions for larger convenience and forecourt stores with multiple lanes and service desks.
Blakemore Wholesale services over 500 Lifestyle Express retailers from 10 distribution centres.
Torex said the choice of tiered solutions means Lifestyle Express retailers can enjoy the benefits of an EPoS without a large initial investment but can upgrade to a more advanced version as their business grows.
The solutions will link with Blakemore Wholesale to give stores the power to manage their orders, margins, promotions and price changes automatically.
They will also be able to produce Lifestyle Express branded shelf edge labels for the shop floor, enabling outlets to optimise pricing.
Torex said its solution also gives staff access to back office information and reports, allowing them to manage their stock level more effectively, ensuring shoppers can rely on being able to find what they need on the shelf at all times.
Investing in technology that makes sales and stock processes more efficient, Lifestyle Express retailers will be able to spend more time with their customers and focusing on how to make their store more profitable, Torex said. Transaction times will also be faster at the till, which will reduce queues, it added.
Tony Bromwich, sales director, Blakemore Wholesale, said: “EPoS is a key tool to enable our Lifestyle Express retailers to manage their business more effectively. Our partnership with Torex to develop a bespoke solution is a key element in our strategy of retention and recruitment of better quality, disciplined retailers who want to develop their business.”
Domenico Antonucci, account manager at Torex, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Blakemore Wholesale to build the EPoS for its retail partners. This partnership reflects our pedigree in this market and our continued commitment to the convenience retailer. Our remit from Blakemore Wholesale was quite simple – we want to help our retailers sell more and make more money – Lifestyle Express POS has been designed to do just that – at a price any store can afford.”