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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

Don’t switch off to tech

 November 8, 2018
With mobile technology now gaining serious traction in wholesale, our MD Rob explains why 2019 is a critical year for the industry’s business owners to embrace digital commerce.  When FWD hosted its Future of Wholesale Conference at St. George’s Park earlier this year, it brought sharply into focus a key area that the industry urgently needs to address further: customer engagement. For any wholesaler hoping to keep up with the increasingly read more

5 considerations when choosing a wholesale ordering app

 October 4, 2018
Ordering apps are proving to be a critical tool for businesses wanting to stay viable in the increasingly competitive market that is UK wholesale. But with so many options out there it can be hard to navigate and ensure you choose the right option for your business. So if you’re looking to drive up customer engagement and increase sales make sure you consider the following: 1. Review your web and read more

Wholesale News and Red Bull roundtable on e-commerce opportunities within wholesale proves to be a valuable forum

 September 27, 2018
Having been invited to take part in a roundtable on e-commerce in wholesale I was keen to see how mobile is perceived within the digital mix. The key question for the day was whether wholesalers are making the most of e-commerce or still lagging behind other channels? My conclusion is that whilst huge advances have been made in recent years when it comes to traditional e-commerce i.e. websites, and there read more

HT Drinks Wholesale Ordering App Goes Live

 September 20, 2018
RNF have launched an ordering app for the award-winning drinks wholesaler, HT Drinks as part of the Sanderson partnership. Founded in 1998, HT Drinks is the largest independent drinks Cash & Carry business in the UK with depots in Park Royal, Brighton and Blackpool. The company has a strong emphasis on technology systems and e-commerce solutions, with the app being the latest addition to this strategy. The fully branded app read more



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