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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

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

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