Wickes enhances product buying through partnership with global product sourcing platform RangeMe, creating visibility to more than 200,000 suppliers. Through RangeMe, suppliers around the world will have a direct and unified journey to present their products to Wickes buyers.
This partnership presents Wickes with innovation and scale opportunities for sourcing products for their customers. With 232 stores across the U.K., Wickes exists to help customers feel house proud, and now through RangeMe, their buyers can access the most relevant products their customers demand.
RangeMe first launched in 2014 and is used today by more than 15,000 retail buyers in the U.K., Europe, North America, and APAC region. It has quickly established itself as the industry leader for retail product discovery, sourcing and buying by becoming the world’s largest source of brands and products purchased by retail buyers.
RangeMe helps retailers and buying teams scale product sourcing efforts with streamlined submissions, simplified discovery tools, and the industry standard digital sell sheet. Buyers can filter searches to find brands and products meeting exact sourcing needs, seamless connectivity and collaboration with suppliers, and offering curated collections to help identify and understand category trends and emerging brands.
Andrew Cotterill, Director of Strategic Procurement and Responsible Sourcing, at Wickes commented: “Wickes are very excited to begin working with RangeMe to expand our access to new products and innovation and to streamline the procurement process.”
RangeMe is the global online platform where retailers and suppliers can discover, connect, and grow their business. Suppliers can showcase their range, bring new products to market, increase brand visibility, and grow sales, while retail buyers use RangeMe to discover new products, search trends, and communicate directly with brands.
“This partnership forms part of the Wickes wider digital strategy and we are thrilled to be a part of this journey with such a loved household-name retailer in the U.K. as they transform their product sourcing experience. This is also an extraordinary opportunity for suppliers around the world to connect directly with Wickes buyers and showcase their products” said Nicky Jackson, CEO of RangeMe.
This news presents suppliers around the world with a front-row audience with one of the biggest names in home improvement. “Our mission has always been to empower retailers and suppliers to be productive and successful whatever their objective. The platform offers retailers hyper-local choices as well as innovative global options. We exist to help them offer an extraordinary experience for their customers” added Nicky Jackson.
RangeMe, an ECRM company, is the leading online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers. The platform empowers retail buyers to efficiently discover innovative and emerging products, while streamlining the inbound product submission process. For product suppliers, RangeMe enables them to grow their retail relationships with a platform that gives them the tools to manage their products, market their brand, and build awareness. Now integrated into the ECRM product offering, RangeMe adds increased breadth and depth to the industry’s most complete sourcing solution for top retailers and product suppliers.
Wickes is a digitally-led, service-enabled home improvement retailer, delivering choice, convenience, value and best-in-class service to customers across the United Kingdom making it well placed to outperform its growing markets. In response to gradual structural shifts in its markets over recent years, Wickes has a balanced business focusing on three key customer journeys – Local Trade, DIY (together “Core”) and Do-it-for-me (“DIFM”).
Wickes operates from its network of 232 right-sized stores, which support nationwide fulfilment from convenient locations throughout the United Kingdom, and through its digital channels including its website, TradePro mobile app for trade members, and Wickes DIY app. These digital channels allow customers to research and order an extended range of Wickes products and services, arrange virtual and in-person design consultations, and organise convenient home delivery or click-and-collect.