Anything that makes a laborious, time consuming process faster and more efficient has to be good news! Our raison d’etre at Acopia has always been to see procurement from the client’s side of the table and we wanted to not only bring tremendous value to this area but to actually transform it from a tedious time consuming task to a positive time and cost saving activity. Working closely with our clients, listening to their challenges, we were able to understand and see first hand how to simplify the whole process and develop a bespoke ordering platform, My Acopia, designed for garden centres just like yours in mind.

 

All in one place with My Acopia

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My Acopia allows you to get back to what you love – you customers and your plants!

Multi-centred garden brands such as Dobbies are already using our platform, but the platform is equally at home with single site centres. No matter the size of your organisation – saving precious time and costs will be important to you. What My Acopia allows you to do is have complete visibility of our spend on all your consumables. From the trolleys and baskets, to the plant ticketing and labeling, to your irrigation systems to your point of sale materials such as plant sleeves and carry home trays – it’s all in one place for easy stock control and re-ordering. We can also supply your cafe and staff rest room with catering supplies – no more petty cash receipts to process and maverick or unexpected spending to deal with! Hassle free procurement!

How does it work?

Spend on consumables, or goods not for resale, can represent up to 25% of your operating costs so it’s important to know you are making the most of this investment. Unlocking the associated costs around procurement and gaining that control over all spend will be key for you. It puts you in the driving seat by being able to see all your products in one place, authorise all spend and decline orders where necessary. You can make repeat orders and have these delivered directly to store location exactly when it’s needed.

My Acopia also allows you to free up precious management time and resource – allowing you to get on with running your business.

If you want to know why Dobbies and other garden centres just like yours are using My Acopia – why not get in touch!

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GNFR can typically represent over 25% of a retailer’s operating cost. That’s a significant investment with no direct income generated from this outlay. Whilst Goods For Resale (GFR) undergoes intense scrutiny to ensure the best possible returns, cost optimisation for GNFR, in the most part, is rarely approached in the same manner. What does this mean? A huge opportunity for retailers!

Making the most of your GNFR strategy is not just a case of simply clamping down on costs and slashing budgets – it actually requires an entirely different approach. Embracing a holistic attitude is key to its success as this needs to be championed across the business. Harnessing the power of optimising GNFR and adopting best practice can deliver real savings.

What is GNFR?

There is a misconception that GNFR purely consists of simple products such as carrier bags or cleaning items – it is actually more far reaching than that. A typical retailers GNFR shopping list could look something like this: packaging, first aid equipment, safety clothing, kitchen and bathroom essentials, anti-theft devices, stationery, POS/check out systems, branded consumables, signage, labelling, shop fittings and merchandise display solutions.

The scope to save on valuable resources such as time and money are considerable. The reality is that a retailer could be working with a huge number of suppliers to achieve this ‘shopping list’, having to negotiate costs and terms, organising product research, purchase orders, deliveries, invoicing, returns a multiple of times – when time is money, is this really the best approach?

Creating Order out of Chaos

Consolidating the whole procurement process can dramatically free up internal resource as well as driving down hard and soft costs. All product expenditure can be ratified and sourced through one preferred supplier. The associated hidden ‘soft costs’ (administration and procurement process time) can be virtually eliminated. The price paid for products ‘hard costs’ can also be reduced as well as delivery expenditure. Receiving products with one delivery with one invoice from one supplier can save thousands of pounds a year.

Finding a supplier with a vast portfolio that can cater for a complete range of products and essentials is rare – but they do exist! Do your homework to find out if they supply products relevant to your business and continue to innovate to add real value for you. And of course, do your due diligence on making sure the time you are saving isn’t lost on high pricing – it needs to work for you.