Nisa has extended its short-term supply contract to Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) effective imminently after having agreed the same deal with McColls on Monday. Both retailers were previously supplied by Palmer and Harvey.
The strength and flexibility of Nisa’s distribution model has enabled it to provide continuity to independent retailers at a time of significant industry turmoil following the sad demise of Palmer and Harvey. Nisa has moved at pace to mobilise its support, while ensuring existing availability levels will be maintained for all members throughout this important Festive Trading period.
Affected CSG stores, which have already been contacted by CSG, will be supported with a phased approach up until the proposed Co-op and CSG supply agreement in the Spring.
Arnu Misra, interim CEO of Nisa, said: “Our two companies have a successful history working together and I’m pleased that we will be supporting Costcutter at this crucial time. Combined with our agreement to provide a short-term supply contract to McColl’s, this arrangement will increase our buying power for the benefit of all of our members. We look forward to working with Costcutter over the peak trading period, and providing our traditionally high levels of service to them, as well as to the rest of our membership.”
Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO of Costcutter Supermarkets Group, said: “We are rolling out an interim wholesale delivered solution for the majority of our stores. Four wholesale suppliers (Musgrave, Bestway, Nisa and the Co-op) are providing support based on their geographic delivery services. Additional Cash & Carry solutions are also being provided by Bestway, Musgrave and Dumecha, and we have expanded our existing direct to store service providing a wide range of fresh, chilled and ambient products for direct to store supply. Additional wholesale delivered supply will continue to be introduced with the intention of providing a delivered service wherever possible ahead of our transition to the Co-op.
“We would like to thank all the wholesale suppliers for the support they are providing. We fully appreciate how disruptive the collapse of P&H has been for all our retailers and providing an interim supply solution is our priority.”