An increased amount of single pick lines from One Stop has led to franchisees saving an average of £100 per week on markdown and waste.
More than 280 lines are now available, with a strong focus on chilled and produce, accounting for 10% of sales across the business.
Other categories that are benefiting include grocery, off-sales and non-food. The change has reduced stockholding and improved franchisees’ cash flow. It has also delivered a significant improvement in on-shelf availability and freshness of product, particularly when paired with One Stop’s auto-replenishment system.
“My customers already love the range and prices, so it’s great that the wider choice of single pick products allows me to offer them even better availability and freshness”, said One Stop franchisee Aleem Choudhry (pictured right, with John Miller).
“One of the key benefits to us is not having to worry about waste and markdown as much, when wanting to introduce new products into the range. It’s also much simpler to manage with a reduced need to replenish from stock.”
Over the last few months One Stop has also added more than 20 slow-selling tobacco lines to the single pick range. The introduction of these should free up more cash and help franchisees to grow their sales in a challenging category. To further support franchisees, One Stop has protected their margins by absorbing the increased picking costs of all the additional single picked lines.
John Miller, Head of Operations, commented: “In franchise we focus on driving sales, reducing costs and creating efficiencies that help franchisees’ margins. Single picked lines help with all of the above and more importantly, delivers a better customer shopping experience through greater availability.”