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 supplymanagement.com
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".