Endeavour Group has hosted its second Supplier Forum for 2023, bringing more than 1000 suppliers together virtually to hear about the latest industry trends, customer insights and innovation.
Endeavour Group CEO and Managing Director Steve Donohue and Director of Buying and Merchandise Tim Carroll were joined by key leaders from the merchandise, supply chain and commercial teams. They gave Supplier Forum attendees a preview of the latest data tools designed to give them greater visibility of stock and ranging.
Pictured clockwise from left: Karly Georgiou, General Manager, Merchandise Transformation, Endeavour Group; Tim Carroll, Director of Buying and Merchandise, Endeavour Group; Paul Walton, Interim Managing Director, ALH Hotels; Steve Donohue, CEO and Managing Director, Endeavour Group; Gourie Fordyce, Head of Network and Replenishment, Endeavour Group.
Carroll said: “In recent years, we have seen huge changes in the drinks and hospitality industry, and by hosting forums like this, we have an opportunity to share knowledge and insights that can really enhance innovation and growth for our suppliers.
“In addition, we are pleased to be able to continue to improve the services we offer our suppliers, and today we are previewing a brand new tool that will give many of them real-time access to their stock-on-hand across our network, including visibility of where their products are ranged.
“We are also pleased to share that it is now 87% quicker to be onboarded as a supplier with Endeavour Group than it was just a year ago, which is absolutely crucial for us as we help our customers discover new and exciting drinks.
“Drinks discovery is a trend that is showing no signs of slowing despite the current cost of living pressures many Australians are facing, demonstrated by the fact that we have increased the number of products we range from small suppliers by 20% over the last three years.
“Small suppliers now make up more than 90% of our total suppliers, and we have added 2200 new products to our range in the last year alone.
“We’re thrilled to have such a huge number of registrations once again, and in conversations with our suppliers, we know many of them are coming together in their offices for this forum, which they haven’t done for some time.”
Reflecting on the changing macroeconomic environment and growing demand for value, Carroll said it is more important than ever for Endeavour Group to work in partnership with its suppliers to meet customer needs.
“Working together to innovate is essential in the current environment, and we are absolutely committed to helping our suppliers grow and elevate the category,” he said.