Retailers agree joint buying deal on alcohol

6 March 2006
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06 March 2006 | Anusha Bradley

Retailers Thresher Group and Nisa-Today's have created a buying alliance to reduce costs and share best practice on the purchase of beer, wines and spirits.

With 4,000 off-licences and convenience stores between them, the coalition of Nisa-Today's central distribution and Thresher Group means they control 7 per cent of the UK beer, wine and spirits market and 20 per cent of the convenience store market for alcohol.

A Thresher spokesman told while Thresher has expertise in "space planning" for beer, wines and spirits - the space and location products get on the shop floor - Nisa has a track record of developing successful marketing campaigns and promotions.

He said as a result of the alliance, suppliers' products can be on promotion simultaneously across all stores. Suppliers can also gain access to a single source of sales data and a sales plan, he said.

The two companies, who have worked on e-procurement and supply chain projects together in the past, described the move as a "natural progression".


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