One Stop Stores reports it is set to expand its single pick facility across fresh fruit and vegetables, following endorsements from its franchise stores.
The convenience retailer has also completed a conference roadshow for 1,100 colleagues and welcomed 100 franchisees to its brand.
One Stop introduced single pick across 27 fresh meat lines towards the end of August, with 26 ready meals and desserts being added last week. A further 44 products within the produce category are now available to order, appearing in-store from 29 September 2014.
The launch of single pick within One Stop’s chilled range has initially been focused on the key growth categories of fresh meat, ready meals and desserts, as well as the fruit and vegetable ranges which are so vital to a convenience offering, the retailer said. Allowing retailers to order single quantities of respective items will greatly reduce food waste and associated costs, as well as benefiting the consumer via a greater choice and fresher product, said One Stop. Further lines are planned to be introduced to the scheme over the coming months.
The initiative has been introduced across the entire One Stop estate, incorporating both company-owned and franchise stores.
Franchise director Andrew King said: “It’s been a really popular change and our franchisees are delighted. It’s also been seamlessly integrated within our auto-replenishment ordering system, so our franchisees have full confidence in their order quantities. Giving retailers the opportunity to order single products rather than full cases will allow them to grow sales in these developing areas, without incurring high known losses. It takes a lot of the risk away and will further strengthen the chilled offering, which is performing strongly since its re-launch earlier this year.”
One Stop’s roadshows kicked off at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium on 16 September. Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium (23 September) and the Ricoh Arena in Coventry (25 September) provided the settings for the other two events. One Stop franchisees were invited to the conference, as well as all store support centre colleagues, area managers, regional managers, distribution managers and all store managers.
Under the theme of ‘Growing Together’, the roadshows celebrated recent successes, before looking ahead to an exciting future and encouraged input from attendees. Delegates heard details of One Stop’s future plans, including how it will build on its major strengths, and also had their say in a Q&A session with the board. In addition, the event encompassed a mini exhibition during breaks, to provide delegates with a greater insight on key aspects of the business such as the Christmas strategy, community, distribution and franchise.
One Stop CEO, Tony Reed, said: “We continue to work hard to stay ahead of the game and it’s been great to share our plans with such a passionate group of colleagues. Franchise is a key component of our future growth of course and the relationship we have with our franchisees is very much a partnership. They have a vested interest in how One Stop develops, so it made sense for them to attend the event as well – they are part of our current and future success and I know that lots of our colleagues in other areas of the business have enjoyed meeting them.”