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November ’22 – Evolution…Not revolution

November ’22 – Evolution…Not revolution

After being officially anointed as Country Range Group’s new chief executive, following more than 20 years of working in the business, Martin Ward reveals what to expect from the foodservice buying group.

August ’22 – TWC wins two new SmartView retail clients

August ’22 – TWC wins two new SmartView retail clients

Data and digital expert TWC has onboarded two new wholesalers to its growing portfolio of clients. United Wholesale Scotland and DeeBee Wholesale are embedding TWC’s SmartView technology, with its market leading dashboards, to track product sales through depot, into retail and out to the consumer.

August ’22 – TWC wins two new SmartView retail clients

August ’22 – TWC wins two new SmartView retail clients

Data and digital experts, TWC, has onboarded two new wholesalers to its growing portfolio of clients. United Wholesale Scotland and DeeBee Wholesale are embedding TWC’s SmartView technology, with its market leading dashboards, to track product sales through depot, into retail and out to the consumer.

August ’22 – More than 6 in 10 consumers ‘regularly buy from Amazon’

August ’22 – More than 6 in 10 consumers ‘regularly buy from Amazon’

The case for Amazon is therefore clear. More than 6 in 10 consumers ‘regularly buy from Amazon’, according to TWC Trends research, which calculated that if just one of these customers did one £40 shop with Amazon per month, then Amazon’s share would rocket to 7%, making it the sixth-biggest retailer in UK grocery.

August ’22 – Scottish Consumers cutting back as cost-of-living squeeze starts to bite

August ’22 – Scottish Consumers cutting back as cost-of-living squeeze starts to bite

New research from digital and data experts TWC in collaboration with the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has revealed that two-thirds of Scottish consumers are having to reduce their spending to pay their bills. Consequently, cutbacks are being made including reduced treats, trading down on groceries and reducing the frequency of meals out of the home.

August ’22 – Scottish consumers cutting back as cost-of-living squeeze starts to bite

August ’22 – Scottish consumers cutting back as cost-of-living squeeze starts to bite

New research from digital and data experts TWC in collaboration with the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has revealed that two-thirds of Scottish consumers are having to reduce their spending to pay their bills. Consequently, cutbacks are being made including reduced treats, trading down on groceries and reducing the frequency of meals out of the home.

August ’22 – Consumers In Scotland Trading Down On Groceries

August ’22 – Consumers In Scotland Trading Down On Groceries

New research from TWC in collaboration with the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has found that two-thirds of consumers in Scotland are having to reduce their spending to pay their bills. Consequently, cutbacks are being made, including reduced treats, trading down on groceries, and reducing the frequency of meals out of the home.

July ’22 – Digital Horizons

July ’22 – Digital Horizons

E-commerce experts from across the industry unite to tackle three common issues wholesalers are currently facing in their quest for digital delight.

July ’22 – Treats taking a hit as consumers tighten their belts

July ’22 – Treats taking a hit as consumers tighten their belts

New research from digital and data experts TWC has revealed that 42% of consumers are buying fewer treats in a bid to reduce their spending. Two-thirds of consumers are using at least one tactic to cut back on grocery spending, with trading down on product choice the next most used strategy.

June ’22 – New horizons

June ’22 – New horizons

“Data is going to be at the heart of everything we do. We’ve brought on Confex Data Insight with TWC last year and are now working towards having a massive chunk of the business in the group going through our data portal”.

June ’22 – Charity cyclists complete Bike Bosnia challenge

June ’22 – Charity cyclists complete Bike Bosnia challenge

A team of 24 people from the UK convenience and wholesale sector has completed the Bike Bosnia challenge, cycling over Bosnia’s mountain passes and through dense forests into Sarajevo to raise funds for Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the Manchester based landmine clearance charity.

June ’22 – Sweet Data

June ’22 – Sweet Data

Confectionary makers Swizzels Matlow is working with digital consultancy TWC to develop a data-led sales strategy to drive incremental growth within the wholesale channel.

June ’22 – MEDAHUMAN backs Bike Bosnia 2022

June ’22 – MEDAHUMAN backs Bike Bosnia 2022

Functional drinks manufacturer MEDAHUMAN has become a sponsor of Bike Bosnia 2022, the upcoming wholesale and convenience retail charity bike ride, which is aiming to raise almost £100,000 for the landmine clearance charity MAG (Mines Advisory Group).

May ’22 – e-Commerce: Turn it on!

May ’22 – e-Commerce: Turn it on!

A selection of the industry’s digital-facing service providers give their verdicts on how wholesalers can use e-commerce to benefit their business.

May ’22 – Independent C-Stores Missing Out On Food-To-Go Opportunities As Discounters Gain Ground

May ’22 – Independent C-Stores Missing Out On Food-To-Go Opportunities As Discounters Gain Ground

Data and digital consultancy TWC, in partnership with food-to-go and out-of-home tracking programme MealTrak, has revealed that the food-to-go market has grown by 9% in value within independent convenience stores in the latest 12 weeks (vs. the same period a year ago). However, the total market across all channels has grown by 31% over the same period, and total grocery retail outlets have grown even more at 51%.

May ’22 – TWC

May ’22 – TWC

Creating three distinct divisions to better serve its expanding client base, TWC offers services utilising data to drive growth.

May ’22 – CATERFORCE APPOINTS TWC FOR CUSTOMER RESEARCH PROJECT

May ’22 – CATERFORCE APPOINTS TWC FOR CUSTOMER RESEARCH PROJECT

Foodservice buying group, Caterforce, which brings together nine of the largest independent wholesalers in the UK, has appointed data & digital experts TWC to conduct a customer research project for the group. The purpose of the study is to better understand how foodservice operators decide what to offer their customers and how they are engaging with them, including digital engagement.

May ’22 – Caterforce appoints TWC for Customer Research Project

May ’22 – Caterforce appoints TWC for Customer Research Project

Foodservice buying group, Caterforce, which brings together nine of the largest independent wholesalers in the UK, has appointed data & digital experts TWC to conduct a customer research project for the group. The purpose of the study is to better understand how foodservice operators decide what to offer their customers and how they are engaging with them, including digital engagement.

April ’22 – Big names in convenience join Bike Bosnia challenge

April ’22 – Big names in convenience join Bike Bosnia challenge

From 10 – 15 June 2022, twenty-four intrepid convenience, wholesale, grocery and on-trade experts, including Store Group owner Mital Morar, md of Sewell on the Go Patrick Sewell and Central England Co-op CEO Debbie Robinson, will cycle across the Western Balkans in just four days.

February ‘ 22 – Data and digital experts TWC continues sponsorship of industry bike ride

February ‘ 22 – Data and digital experts TWC continues sponsorship of industry bike ride

TWC is delighted to announce that it will be one of the main sponsors of the annual wholesale and convenience charity bike ride ‘Bikes Against Bombs’, raising funds in support of Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The Bike Bosnia 2022 ride – which takes place from 10th to 15th June – will see the participants cycle 300km from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo and is the sixth international ride. The previous rides, including the UK rides during 2021, have raised a staggering £730,000 to help rid the world of landmines.

February ’22 – Data & digital experts TWC continue sponsorship of industry bike ride

February ’22 – Data & digital experts TWC continue sponsorship of industry bike ride

TWC has announced that it will be one of the main sponsors of the annual wholesale and convenience charity bike ride “Bikes Against Bombs”, raising funds in support of Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The Bike Bosnia 2022 ride – which takes place from 10th to 15th June – will see the participants cycle 300km from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo and is the sixth international ride. The previous rides, including the UK rides during 2021, have raised a staggering £730,000 to help rid the world of landmines.

February ’22 – Data & digital experts TWC continues sponsorship of industry bike ride

February ’22 – Data & digital experts TWC continues sponsorship of industry bike ride

TWC is delighted to announce that it will be one of the main sponsors of the annual wholesale and convenience charity bike ride ‘Bikes Against Bombs’, raising funds in support of Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The Bike Bosnia 2022 ride – which takes place from 10th to 15th June – will see the participants cycle 300km from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo and is the sixth international ride. The previous rides, including the UK rides during 2021, have raised a staggering £730,000 to help rid the world of landmines.

February ’22 – The Year Ahead

February ’22 – The Year Ahead

Three of the most-respected wholesale service providers in the sector provide their take on what is coming for the industry in 2022.

February ’22 – TWC – Changing times

February ’22 – TWC – Changing times

The wholesale market is being influenced by a number of consumer trends, according to research by TWC – The Wholesale Company. More people visited a hospitality outlet than a supermarket in October 2021. Broadly speaking, people are entertaining at home, they are...

February ’22 – Cyclists bound for Bosnia

February ’22 – Cyclists bound for Bosnia

The annual grocery, wholesale and convenience retail charity bike ride, set up by Sugro Managing Director Neil Turton and TWC Development Director Tom Fender in aid of landmine clearance charity Mines Advisory Group, will return as an overseas trip in 2022.

January ’22 – Bike Bosnia

January ’22 – Bike Bosnia

The annual grocery wholesale & convenience retail charity bike ride, set up in 2015 by Sugro’s Neil Turton and TWC’s Tom Fender to raise money for the landmine clearance charity Mines Advisory Group (MAG), is returning as an overseas trip this year.

January ’22 – Wholesale and convenience charity bike ride set for Bosnia

January ’22 – Wholesale and convenience charity bike ride set for Bosnia

The annual grocery, wholesale and convenience retail charity bike ride, set up in 2015 by Sugro Managing Director Neil Turton and TWC Development Director Tom Fender, to raise money for the Manchester-based landmine clearance charity, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), will return as an overseas trip in 2022.

November ’21 – A stance to make you feel good

November ’21 – A stance to make you feel good

With a tranche of new legislation in the pipeline looking at better diets and how the channel markets the products it sells, health is definitely at the front of the queue of issues wholesalers will need to be familiar with in the coming months and years.

October ’21 – CONFEX APPOINTS TWC IN NEW DATA PARTNERSHIP

October ’21 – CONFEX APPOINTS TWC IN NEW DATA PARTNERSHIP

Confex – a unique wholesale buying group, with nearly 50 years of trading experience with an annual turnover of £2.16 billion – has partnered with data and digital experts, TWC, to launch Confex Data Insight, a new sales reporting platform which is set to bring competitive advantage to its members and identify opportunities for suppliers.

October ’21 – Confex appoints TWC in new data partnership

October ’21 – Confex appoints TWC in new data partnership

Wholesale buying group Confex, with nearly 50 years of trading experience and an annual turnover of £2.16 billion – has partnered with data and digital experts TWC, to launch Confex Data Insight, a new sales reporting platform which is set to bring competitive advantage to its members and identify opportunities for suppliers. The wholesale reporting solution, which went live this week, has already seen strong engagement from key suppliers who now have access to the new system.

October ’21 – Confex appoints TWC in new data partnership

October ’21 – Confex appoints TWC in new data partnership

Confex – a unique wholesale buying group, with nearly 50 years of trading experience with an annual turnover of £2.16 billion – has partnered with data and digital experts, TWC, to launch Confex Data Insight, a new sales reporting platform which is set to bring competitive advantage to its members and identify opportunities for suppliers. The wholesale reporting solution, which went live this week, has already seen strong engagement from key suppliers who now have access to the new system.

August ’21 – TWC Trends – The Rise of Subscription Services

August ’21 – TWC Trends – The Rise of Subscription Services

Latest stats from TWC Trends have highlighted the extent of the online explosion when it comes to digitalisation and delivery of food and drink and the impact on convenience and foodservice with more recent data showing that subscription services are rapidly taking hold.

August ’21 – TWC Trends – The Rise of Subscription Services

August ’21 – TWC Trends – The Rise of Subscription Services

Latest stats from TWC Trends have highlighted the extent of the online explosion when it comes to digitalisation and delivery of food and drink and the impact on convenience and foodservice with more recent data showing that subscription services are rapidly taking hold.

June ’21 – CJ Lang and Son Limited/SPAR Scotland Sales Track goes live

June ’21 – CJ Lang and Son Limited/SPAR Scotland Sales Track goes live

At their virtual tradeshow back in November 2020, Scotland’s largest independent retailing and distribution company, CJ Lang and Son Limited (SPAR Scotland) announced they had appointed data and digital specialist, TWC to partner in the development of a new sales data reporting service that would be available to suppliers and stakeholders.

June ’21 – ARE WE TURNING INTO PROFESSIONAL AVATARS?

June ’21 – ARE WE TURNING INTO PROFESSIONAL AVATARS?

A new study* shows that 60% of workers believe that City Centres won’t recover from the pandemic for many years, Managing Director Tanya Pepin says that “60% of respondents also reported they found working in cities less attractive now.”

June ’21 – New look and feel for TWC

June ’21 – New look and feel for TWC

TWC – the company that sits at the heart of Wholesale, Foodservice and Convenience has reshaped its business in order to drive customers’ growth and help them understand how they can harness data more effectively than ever.

May ’21 – Harnessing Data – Empowering Wholesale

May ’21 – Harnessing Data – Empowering Wholesale

TWC – the company that sits at the heart of Wholesale, Foodservice and Convenience has reshaped its business in order to drive customers’ growth and help them understand how they can harness data more effectively than ever.

May ’21 – Technology: Tech crunch

May ’21 – Technology: Tech crunch

Zoom calls, video streaming, remote working. Coronavirus has turbo-charged the uptake of new technology in many aspects of our daily life – and independent convenience retailers are no exception.

May ’21 – The retail view

May ’21 – The retail view

With consumer behaviours starting to change as the nation reawakens following the Covid-19 pandemic. TWC Director Tanya Pepin outlines the role convenience can play to maintain the share of the market.

April ’21 – Amazon Set to Become Sixth Biggest Supermarket?

Inaugural TWC Trends Report suggests that Amazon could be in line to become the sixth biggest grocer in the UK. Intelligence and technology consultancy TWC launched a new series of planned regular reports last week with the headline - grabbing predictions that Amazon...

April ’21 – Ready for Reopening

In a survey of 1,200 consumers across the UK, TWC - the sponsor of the Arena webinar - found that there is a huge eagerness to return to hospitality outlets.  Nevertheless, many people remain nervous and this will affect their behaviour, said development director Tom...

April ’21 – TWC reveals three factors “threatening” wholesale

An industry study carried out by TWC has identified three factors that could “threaten the very role of wholesale” in the future. The TWC Trends Spring 2021 Report found shifts in consumer behaviours could gradually have a big impact on the sector if actions aren’t...

April ’21 – Amazon Could Become UK’s 6th Largest Supermarket

New consumer research suggests that Amazon could be the 6th largest supermarket in the UK if current shoppers swapped just one grocery shop per month to the online giant. The new Trends Spring 2021 Report, from intelligence and technology consultancy TWC, examines how...

April ’21 – Consumers Welcome Vaccine Passports.

Research undertaken by data and digital experts in Hospitality and Wholesale, TWC taken across 1,200 consumers recently within a new tracker, TWC Trends has shown that 65% of us feel comfortable with pub/restaurant owners requiring customers to hold a vaccine passport...

24th March ’21 – Amazon Fresh and a four letter word

TWC's Tom Fender discuss the two new Amazon Fresh 'Just Walk Out' stores and highlights the point most people seem to forget. Those of us who have insisted either of Amazon's new Fresh stores in Ealing and near Wembley have been impressed by the technology. They have...

22nd Feb ’21 – Prime Minister’s statement Monday

Further to the Prime Minister’s statement Monday 22.2.21, and commenting on how the easing of restrictions is likely to impact on convenience retailers, Dawood Pervez, Managing Director of Bestway Wholesale, says: “There are a number of key factors to take into...

Feb ’21 – Aiming to be the Benchmark.

CJ Lang is addressing consumers demands in the current retail environment while also driving ahead with initiatives to fulfil it's longer - term ambitions. In January, SPAR Scotland wholesale and retailer CJ Lang and Son reclaimed the No.1 spot among SPAR wholesalers...

February 2020 – Wholesale News – What the hack?

As the industry continues to get its head around the most effective ways to embrace e-commerce in wholesale, Wholesale News teamed up with some of the sector’s brightest minds – and brands – to hold a workshop to get some answers.

December 2019 – Cash & Carry Management – Using data to accelerate growth

A wholesaler was once heard to say that he would give away his sales data to any supplier who would help him grow his sales! And, why not? It is exactly what happens in the multiples – who then have a raft of penalties in place in order to manage non-performance and retrieve back lost income in other ways.

November 2019 – Wholesale Manager – Transforming how wholesalers use their sales data

Tom Fender, newly appointed Development Director of route-to-market (RTM) data specialist TWC, has worked in the wholesale/RTM and convenience sector for 20 years. He was co-owner of the research firm HIM! Research and Consulting from 1997-2012, before investing in Bolt, which was acquired earlier this year, He now joins TWC’s Tanya Pepin and the team at a pivotal point for TWC and the sector as a whole.

October 2019 – Scottish Local Retailer – Eyes on Tomorrow

The #ThinkSmart3 festival of tech, data, digital and innovation for the convenience channel took place on 25 September at Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, where the audience got a glimpse of what will be driving success in c-stores of the future.

28 August 2019 – Wholesale Manager – IT gives wholesalers the power to change their world overcoming ‘tech’ fears and grabbing the growth opportunity

As UK wholesalers embrace digital technology and become ever more sophisticated, IT providers like Business Computer Projects and RWF are targeting the wholesale sector with technology designed for their needs. Wholesale buying groups like Confex are also bringing out solutions for their members. Among the wholesalers JJ Foodservice have embraced social media, running a ‘How did we do?’ campaign encouraging customers to rate their favourite employees on JJ’s Google My Business listings, generating over 2000 Five Star Google Reviews across 11 branches.