One Stop Franchise, the franchise model for independent retailers launched by the Tesco-owned convenience chain, has introduced a news solution to help independent retailers capitalise on the news and magazines category.
Supported by its existing news provider, FORE Retail Consultancy, as well as its own team, the new service from One Stop will improve promotional activity, availability and ranging, whilst also allowing HND (Home News Delivery) to be managed via the store’s EPoS system, the retailer claims.
During the course of its franchise pilot, it became clear that franchisees would benefit from One Stop’s expertise in news and magazines, the retailer said.
The new package will provide retailers with a consistent range that allows the addition of locally required titles, supported by regular promotions on both news and magazines, including national campaigns.
One Stop and FORE will share their knowledge on the category with franchisees, with access to publishers also helping to build their understanding. And, in a further move towards helping retailers, franchisees will have an internet-driven solution for each wholesaler (Connect2U and iMenzies), which will allow them to easily manage standing orders, returns and credit queries.
Andrew King, One Stop Franchise director, said: “Our news solution will help franchisees to manage an often complex and time-consuming category, ensuring they have the right range in place and a strong promotion programme. Franchisees will retain responsibility for invoicing, returns, credits and HND accounts, although the integration of HND within our EPoS system will assist greatly in this respect.”
The solution is being launched to all existing franchisees on 22 September 2014.