What we’ve been up to

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How to get your customers to use your app – and why it’s worth it

 October 24, 2019
How to get your customers to use your app – and why it’s worth it We all know that for businesses to survive in this ever-changing world they need to embrace digital. But it’s one thing to embrace it and another to actually maximise on all that it can offer. Take mobile apps for example. If a customer can self-serve, then this can massively reduce costs plus there isn’t the read more

MacDonald Plumbing & Heating Supplies becomes the first wholesaler to profit from RNF Sharp-aX partnership

 October 22, 2019
MacDonald Plumbing & Heating Supplies Limited, a Scottish based merchant, is the first business to takeadvantage of RNF’s partnership with Sharp-aX Computer Systems Limited. The partnership enables seamless integration to RNF’s new Beam Commerce Platform for any wholesaler using the Sharp-aX ERP system. The Beam Commerce Platform will enable MacDonald to offer 24/7 online ordering via a multi-platform app working across desktops, tablets and mobiles. MacDonald will also have access to read more

Total number of orders up a massive 24% in Q3

 October 9, 2019
Our latest quarterly stats are out, and we’ve seen a massive 24% increase in total number of orders compared to Q2 of this year. Total transaction value is also up 16% and monthly active app users up 6%.  Against this we have seen that average basket value in retail is pretty much static at £1,139 but looking specifically at foodservice customers it has increased by 9% versus the previous quarter read more

App usage continues to rocket

 July 31, 2019
Our latest quarterly stats are out, and we’ve seen a massive 24% increase in total app transaction value compared to Q1 of this year. Total orders are also up 13% and average basket value up 11% to £1,142. App downloads have gone down but this is compared to a phenomenal Q1 where we saw Bestway launch their new app. And in spite of this quarterly decline, downloads are still up read more

Winner of Q2 Big App Giveaway Announced

 July 25, 2019
The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd. has been chosen as the quarter two winner of RNF’s Big App Giveaway competition. The Sussex-based fishmonger and wholesaler, which operates from its Haywards Heath store,  supplies farm shops, delicatessens, speciality grocers and online food retailers with its own premium-packaged fish, as well as selling direct to the public from its shop, online and at a number of farmers’ markets. Sebastian Candelon, managing director at read more

Wholesalers are clear on the critical importance of technology in the sector

 June 28, 2019
I spent a fascinating day yesterday at the FWD annual conference which this year was entitled Next Generation Wholesale: Trends, Technology and Talent for the 2020s. As a tech provider to the sector, it was great to see how far things have come since we launched the first ever ordering app for our client Bestway Wholesale back in 2014. Through a number of polls run throughout the day I was read more

RNF launches latest wholesale app into the pet food sector

 June 11, 2019
RNF has launched a new ordering app for Bestpets, the specialist pet products division of Bestway Wholesale, as it looks to expand its offerings to wider wholesale markets outside of food and beverage.  The app will make ordering quicker and easier for Bestpets’ delivered customers including pet shops, grooming parlours and online retailers. It enables those customers to browse and order the full Bestpets range of over 10,000 pet products, has read more

Giro Food 10th app to go live as part of the RNF/Sanderson partnership

 June 10, 2019
RNF have launched an ordering app for Giro Food, a food service wholesaler based in Birmingham – the 10th as part of the Sanderson partnership. Giro Food Ltd, established 1969, is an innovator in the ethnic food industry. They are pioneers in food service and have become trusted catering and wholesale suppliers specialising in food from all over the world. The new mobile ordering app which is full branded allows read more

ReactEurope Conference 2019

 May 22, 2019
Our team of developers are off to Paris this week to attend the third annual ReactEurope conference which brings together the most talented and passionate developers from around Europe. The conference is full of talks that inspire and explore new futuristic ideas dealing with all the techs from the React ecosystem such as React.js, React Native, GraphQL, Relay, Universal apps, ReasonML, Webpack, inline CSS and more. Specifically, the team will be read more

First winner of RNF’s Big App Giveaway announced

 May 3, 2019
Multihope – the Yorkshire-based foodservice wholesaler which operates under the KE Bland and JG Bellerby brands – has been chosen as the first winner of RNF’s Big App Giveaway competition. Multihope win their own fully-branded Beam Commerce app for a year and access to RNF’s award-winning Customer Engagement Platform. Unlike traditional apps which are device-specific, the Beam Commerce app works and synchronises across mobile, tablet and desktop devices and the read more

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