Nisa Strikes Gold at the Grocer Awards
Last week The Grocer hosted their Grocer Golds annual awards virtually in which Nisa was announced as winner of the Symbol Group of the Year 2020. This is a fantastic result and one which is testament to the incredibly hard work of all Nisa colleagues. Everyone should be immensely proud of the role they have played both individually and as part of their wider team. In the award announcement the judges praised Nisa’s “impressive integration” with Co-op and were also “impressed by the changes to the look and feel of Nisa stores”. Other areas highlighted included the reinvigorated Retail Academy e-learning platform for Nisa partners and the improved range of goods available to retailers via the Co-op own label range.
The judges were blown away by the improvement as the Co-op-owned symbol operation has recruited stores in their droves while continuing to evolve
In an article from The Grocer about the win, it said: "Even before the lockdown, Nisa was on a roll. The judges were blown away by the improvement as the Co-op-owned symbol operation has recruited stores in their droves while continuing to evolve its offer and improve availability, with next-day delivery a new feature".
The Co-op deal, completed in May 2018, has been a real game-changer. Judges were full of praise for the "impressive integration", and said Nisa had “fully landed the real benefits” of the deal, as sales rose 16% in the 12 months to March 2020, while gross operating profits increased a whopping 62%.
Central to its success has been the increase in sales of Co-op-branded goods across the estate. The range now accounts for 16% of all group sales, and is stocked by 90% of its retailers.