Woolworths New Zealand has signed a wholesale agreement to provide groceries to the National Retail Group’s KwikMart membership group.
KwikMart is a new dairy and convenience oriented retail membership group established by the National Retail Group that unites dairy and convenience retailers with scale and ranging.
Following this agreement, New Zealand Grocery, Woolworths New Zealand’s wholesale business, now has 15 wholesale customers and is distributing groceries to 25 customer sites.
Sandeep Aggarwal, Executive Director of National Retail Group, said New Zealanders and New Zealand need a thriving dairy and convenience sector that moves beyond selling what it has always sold.
“KwikMart was formed when the restrictions on sales of smoked tobacco was signalled. We have to adapt to survive. In Woolworths New Zealand we have an excellent proactive partner that gives franchise members truly competitive offerings and range of groceries.
“This can be passed onto our customers, so they see us as part of their weekly shop. This ensures a future for the dairy with us going back to grocery and other goods to create a future.”
Steve Sexton, General Manager of New Zealand Grocery Wholesalers, said the new deal is reflective of the company’s growing wholesale business, which was formed in just 2022.
“It’s fantastic to have National Retail Group on board as part of our ongoing work to provide better options for Kiwi shoppers across the board. We’ve already started making deliveries to their site and look forward to working with the KwikMart members around Aotearoa to help ensure a great range of supply for their customers.”
Sexton said they’ve recently implemented a significant IT enhancement that improves their onboarding of new customers and sites like the National Retail Group.
“We have more work underway to continue improving our IT infrastructure and supply chain capabilities, and we’re focused on building our capacity to satisfy the demand we’re seeing for better wholesale access.”