Booker says forward-thinking drives success

Wholesaler claims it’s at forefront of Scottish c-store retail

Ali's Convenience Store in Tranent, East Lothian, was the 500th Scottish Premier shop.
Ali’s Convenience Store in Tranent, East Lothian, was the 500th Scottish Premier shop.

BOOKER says it is confident that its industry-leading package and service sets itself apart in Scotland.

And the opening of the 500th Premier store north of the border within the last 12 months, in East Lothian, arguably gives credibility to the claim.

Bosses at the wholesaler say what makes the Premier fascia a multiple award-winner is the fact that it offers the latest -thinking in convenience retail.

Indeed, they claim its concept-redefining formula results in proven sales benefits and solid profits for retailers.

There is also a dedicated development team to support store owners in growing their businesses, as well as access to what Booker says is the UK’s No.1 buying and promotions retail club, Shop Locally.

The wholesaler also says that competitive pricing across all its packages, including own-label Jack’s and Euro Shopper brands, ensures excellent margins for retailers, while a spend and save incentive provides up to a 5% rebate.

Retailers can also choose to shop with Booker in a number of ways to suit their business – with both delivered wholesale and cash & carry collection.

There has also been ongoing investment in branch operations to improve services.

When ordering, shopkeepers can search for products, upload through a scanner or use Booker’s barcode scanner on their phone or tablet.

And the introduction of live routing allows retailers to track orders from dispatch to delivery.

Generous helping of food for FareShare

WHOLESALER Booker redistributed enough good-to-eat surplus food to provide the equivalent of six million meals during 2023.

Thanks to a partnership with FareShare and Olio, Booker was able to support more than 730 charities and community groups, and feed over 14,000 families.

The wholesaler provides the food via its distribution depots and 196 of its branches across the UK directly to FareShare’s network of charities and to Olio’s Food Waste Heroes.

Through the FareShare Go programme, sites are matched with charities and community groups in the local area that collect the items and turn that into food parcels or hot meals for the people they support.

Olio’s Food Waste Heroes collect food from Booker, which is then added to its app for local people to collect

Simon Millard, of FareShare, said: “Six million meals is an incredible milestone and the vital food Booker provides helps support people facing hunger across the UK.”

Olio co-founder Saasha Celestial-One said: “Alongside FareShare, we’re delighted with impact we helped Booker deliver in 2023, and we look forward to seeing what else our partnership can achieve in 2024 and beyond.”

Catherine Marston, head of sustainability at Booker, said: “It is really important to us as a business to continue the work we are doing and we look forward to seeing our partnerships grow.”