What we’ve been up to


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Blakemore sign up to Beam for their Wholesale Distribution and Trade Partners apps

 April 24, 2019
A.F. Blakemore and Son, one of the UK’s largest wholesale businesses has signed up to RNF’s Beam platform. The licence which is for both their Wholesale Distribution and Trade Partners divisions will enable Blakemore to communicate with app users via rich push notifications (images, videos etc.) that can be targeted to users based on their individual in-app behaviour. Moreover, it offers a tailored in-app experience that reflects the buying habits read more

East N West cash in on RNF and Sanderson partnership

 April 18, 2019
RNF have launched East n West’s version of the ordering app developed in partnership with Sanderson. East n West is one of Barking’s largest cash & carry wholesalers supplying over 5000 customers a week from their warehouse, as well as offering a national delivery service. The app which is available on both iOS and Android has a number of useful features such as an instant barcode scanner, pre-populated shopping lists read more

App usage surging

 April 17, 2019
Our latest quarterly stats show that app usage is surging as wholesale customers flock to download RNF’s apps. Downloads increased by 135% over the previous quarter with there being an inexorable shift from desktop to mobile device engagement in the sector. Alongside the massive increase in downloads, total number of orders were also up 17% and total app transaction value up 2% all versus previous quarter. Monday mornings continue to read more

RNF launches Beam Commerce Platform for wholesalers

 April 11, 2019
RNF – the award-winning team behind over 25 apps for retail and foodservice wholesalers, including the Bestway app – has created a new digital platform to help wholesalers of all sizes optimise sales through a suite of eCommerce tools. The Beam Commerce Platform provides a one-stop-shop for all wholesalers’ digital marketing needs, bringing together RNF’s white-label ordering app; its unique content-management and customer-engagement platform; and a new, wholesale-specific eCommerce system. read more

Retailer basket size and spend 18% higher on wholesaler apps versus websites and they are visiting more frequently, says HIM report

 April 5, 2019
According to exclusive research from HIM – a leading shopper insights agency within convenience, wholesale and high street channels – apps are becoming more prevalent across the wholesale channel, with retailers using them more frequently than websites and spending more per transaction. The recently launched HIM Wholesale Online Report 2019, which saw them work closely with digital experts RNF, indicates that the average order value via a wholesaler app is read more

Iain Hill take advantage of the RNF and Sanderson partnership

 April 4, 2019
RNF have launched Iain Hill’s fully branded wholesale ordering app developed in partnership with Sanderson. Iain Hill, who have been trading for over 25 years, are based up in Renfrewshire and sell soft drinks, crisps and confectionery to retailers all over Scotland. They are members of Sugro and the Scottish Wholesale Association. The app enables them to offer convenient on-the-go ordering 24/7 for their customers and has useful features such read more

Win a wholesale ordering app for a year

 January 25, 2019
As part of celebrations to mark RNF’s 10th anniversary and the launch of our own, white-label app offering BEAM COMMERCE we’re giving away four, fully-branded ordering apps. BEAM COMMERCE will work across mobile, tablet and desktop and enables wholesalers across the spectrum to make the most of mobile technology to boost sales. It will also provide access to RNF’s unique BEAM Customer Engagement Platform. Rob Mannion, founder and managing director read more

Bestway Wholesale launches new ordering app

 January 25, 2019
Bestway Wholesale, the UK’s largest independent food and drinks wholesaler, and RNF’s first ever wholesale client, has made ordering quicker, easier and more convenient for its cash and carry retail customers with a refreshed ordering app. The new app allows cash and carry customers to: – Start their order on a phone, tablet or computer and finish it on another device, anywhere, at any time. The customer’s basket is reflected read more

RNF app powers award-winning new marine innovation

 November 22, 2018
Sail Sense, the RNF app-driven sail monitoring and management tool created by SpinLock, has won a DAME Award for marine electronics at the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam beating off 16 other nominees. The DAME Awards are the most significant marine equipment competition of its kind, anywhere in the world. They are judged by a panel of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers, plus user experts and winners are read more

Mobile First: The Power of Push

 November 16, 2018
David Gilroy on the transformative impact push notifications can have on your wholesale business Talking to people in our industry about apps can be a tricky business. Native apps, mobile-optimised websites, et al – it is not the most riveting of subjects. Then again, demonstrating how apps are already driving sales and revenues tends to garner more enthusiasm. I liken this to buying a car. What do we desire? A read more



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