Know your leasing options before your next capital purchase 

When it comes to making a decision about a critical capital acquisition, your company generally has one of three choices. You can rent the equipment, buy new equipment outright or you can look for a leasing solution. 

Depending on the nature of your need, leasing can be the most effective solution, particularly in cases where you don’t plan to use the capital often or for very long. However, leasing solutions carry with them their own list of considerations, and this blog will walk you through them.

Explore the points below and use them to help you determine if leasing is the right choice for your next capital purchase. 

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Topics: leasing options

Planned vs. unplanned MRO purchases: What’s best for you

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Maintenance, repair and operating supplies, often referred to as MRO, are not any grocer’s favorite line item on the budget but they are a necessary cost of doing business to ensure your store(s) meet or exceed corporate standards.

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Topics: MRO purchases

Collaborative transportation solutions help today's grocery needs 

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The transportation industry is at a crossroads. E-commerce, increased competition and new markets have made the shipping of goods more vital to continued growth than ever before, but finding people to handle the transportation of those goods has never been harder. The industry faces a severe driver shortage, and while grocers may not be involved in the day-to-day struggles the industry faces, it affects them in the form of higher costs and additional difficulties to get the goods they depend on to deliver to their customers every single day.

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How to choose the best balloon and helium program for your organization

Helium and balloons: They are two peas in a very distinct pod. But while their value to your store is directly reflective of each other, the manner in which you acquire them couldn’t be more different.

The purchasing of helium is less complicated than purchasing balloons. Yes, helium is packaged in tanks, and those tanks are roughly the same anywhere you go, HOWEVER, you still need to understand your strategy and how it will be supported. It is an easier pricing game than balloons but be sure to know your plans when sourcing it.

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Topics: The best balloon & helium program, balloon program for retailers, helium program for retailers

Top third-party apps that every grocer should utilize

There’s an app for everything these days, and as a grocer, you may have an app of your own that you use to market your store and support customers' needs. Yes, it's great to have an app that can do so many things for your business but many companies overlook third-party apps and how they could support their overall mobile strategy. 

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Posted by Rich Duda, Senior Category Analyst, Marketing

Tue, Jan, 09, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

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Topics: third party apps, smartphone apps for grocery

Are you making the most of e-commerce opportunities?

In the modern grocery market, e-commerce solutions are no longer niche, they’re necessary. At Topco Indirect, we estimate about 75 percent of our members are active now in some type of e-commerce model. Seventy-five percent! This is no longer a business channel exclusive to Amazon. Grocers all across the country are involved in e-commerce.

Are you? More importantly, are your competitors?

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Posted by Rich Duda, Senior Category Analyst, Marketing

Wed, Jan, 03, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

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Topics: e-commerce opportunities for grocers, e-commerce solutions

What can a work order management system do for your business?

There was a time when all you needed to finalize a business agreement was a handshake between colleagues. That was it, a simple handshake.

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Topics: work order management system

Do self-service coin machines make cents for you?

When it comes time for customers to pay in our stores, the phrase "credit or debit" seems to ring out a lot more often than "cash or check" does, right?

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Topics: coin machines

Cash recycling instead of counting cash...see how it works!

No grocer is ever going to turn down an influx of cash, but I think we can all agree it would be nicer if we didn’t have to spend so much time handling it, right?

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Topics: cash recycling, cash technology options

Four ways grocery stores can reduce food waste

In the grocery industry, food waste is simply a fact of doing business. In fact, about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. is wasted along the path from farm to fork, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

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Posted by Topco Indirect

Wed, Nov, 08, 2017 @ 09:11 AM

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