Third wave of Co-op products reaches Nisa-supplied stores

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The third wave of Co-op own label products has just been made available to Nisa-supplied stores, with retailers and shoppers reacting positively to the bolstered range.

Nisa retailers now have access to 750 Co-op own label products, across all categories.

Latest additions include ambient groceries such as rice, table sauces and free-from foods.

Sally Croft, co-owner of Croft Stores (Nisa) in Stocks Hill, Silverstone, said she was “delighted” with the offer.

“It’s all been really positive. We started off with a small number of Co-op products but customer feedback and sales have been good so we will be getting more and more in. The cracked black pepper biscuits in particular have been a huge hit!

“A brand like the Co-op is so well known and respected, it’s a great boon to us alongside our other products,” she added.

The entire Co-op own label range should be available to Nisa retailers during the first quarter of 2019, a Nisa spokeswoman added.

Readers' comments (18)

  • Why does nobody report on all the negative margin co-op goods?

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  • Tell us more NISA Retailer.

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  • Another talking point that should be made public as well as the very poor or non-existent margins being offered to Nisa retailers, is the shear incompetence in being able to supply product.
    Since the CoOp have taken over it has gone from bad to worse.
    CoOp own label is not available, promotion availability is a farce with Nisa unable to supply products they put in the leaflet.
    The whole thing is now a shambles.
    Margins are poor, promotions are poor and availability is a travesty.
    You the trade press keep heaping the praises on this takeover and how it is performing. Stop listening to the Executive and their flunkies and get out and talk to proper retailers to really learn how bad things are.

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  • Either CS has been paid for the article or writer has just talked to useless suits at nisa . The reality is way far removed from facts on ground. When we grumble on nisa forum the basic response of is go suck your thumb . Supply situation is bad , promotion products have many times not available or poor availablity . co-op products on promo with negative margins . Case size of some chill products too large , generally the customer feedback is positive.

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  • Totally agree with the last two comments.
    Low or negative margins and no stock.
    CoOp own label being supplied more expensive than CoOp stores therefore making Nisa stores look expensive against their competition.
    Promotions are laughable, not very competitive and then no stock.
    I bet all the people who voted for this deal are sitting there with their heads in their hands asking what did they do.
    The sooner we get our share money the better, then let’s start talking to some serious suppliers who know how to Wholesale.
    What we have seen so far, this lot are a waste of space.

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  • Perhaps early days?

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  • Early days?
    If they cannot get the basic principal of getting the goods delivered then what hope is there for the future.
    Retailer after retailer is complaining about availability, particularly on promotions.
    Nisa is putting out hundreds of thousands of leaflets and the stores do not have the stock.
    It is huge embarrassment.
    Unfortunately publications like Convenience Store lap up all the PR that Nisa put out and report it as gospel. That is not journalism.

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  • I have always said Costcutter is the place to be, Yes there is settlement in the supply and distribution, but on the whole things are very favourable. Perhaps its terms which is the important factor.
    Often, moaning, which has always been endemic in Nisa is exacerbated by the challenging trading conditions at the mo. Moans from shopkeepers usually indicate distress.
    Brexit will bring the next great relief when foodstuffs from the world market flood in at a much cheaper price.

    Up with the Coop and CC.

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  • No matter which supplier the story is about, you'll always find an alleged customer (or competitor) slagging them off in the comments. The grass is always greener on the other side.

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  • Here guys, I’ve got a great idea for Britain’s independent grocers. Let’s flog the wholesaler we mutually own to an outfit that’s been our enemy for generations. We’ll stock its own label rather than our own and we’ll sell some of the products at less than cost so they get a decent margin. We’ll forget all we’ve ever learnt about marketing by confusing our loyal customer so they don’t know if we’re independent or part of the coop. We might need to explain why we can’t offer them. The 5% rebate on Coop brands their card entitles them to in coop group stores. We might be bottom of the pecking order when it comes to priorities but are we really bothered about performance levels?
    After we’ve achieved all this we’ll get Bernard Mathews turkeys to campaign for a bigger better Christmas.

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