‘SMEs can get in on click & collect’

Peter Gunning

A NEW partnership between Manchester-based nettl.com and Epos Now is promising to transform the click and collect opportunities for independent retailers.

The two companies say click and collect is no longer the preserve of high street giants and is set to revolutionise the independent retail market.

They say by lowering the barrier to entry the partnership makes the move to click and collect suddenly a viable and cost-efficient SMEs.

Until now, smaller businesses have struggled to compete with larger retailers due to the lack of a single solutions provider which can manage the process from web shop to order transactions, through to delivery and pick up.

During the last 12 months nettl.com, based at Trafford Park, and web transaction specialist Epos have been collaborating to bring the new integrated concept to the market.

The result is “Nettl :click&collect”, tailored for independent retailers on the high street and online.

Chief technical officer at nettl.com Peter Gunning said: “Click and collect is poised for explosive growth in 2015 so it’s essential that independent businesses embrace this concept and include it as part of their long term business planning.

 “Shoppers are increasingly time-poor; they want to check an item is in stock before they leave home, and they expect to be able to reserve it online so they know they will not have a wasted trip.

“It’s often perceived as too complicated to implement, especially by smaller retailers, but with Nettl :click&collect we have developed a straightforward approach which  enables Epos Now customers to compete with larger retailers, and launch their next shop as an online webshop.”