Weza Tele aims to provide supply chain visibility solutions to small and medium distributors in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) sector. This involves continuous conversations with many small retailers to understand their key challenges with their distributors. As we embark on our market research journey of learning more about the retailers and distribution challengers, we will be sharing our findings and organize open discussions to discuss the challenges, needs and innovative solutions for streamlining the distribution of SMEs. Below are some of the key findings we got after talking randomly to 10 retailers based in and out of Nairobi, who have been in operation for a period of at most one year.
Some of the key challenges retail kiosks are facing:
- Unpredictability: of pricing information from the distributors;
- Unreliability: of the distributors in delivering the goods at the physical premise leading to running out of stocks;
- Expiry of products: delivered by some of their distributors, which are not subject to return;
- Overstocking: sometimes the distributors are not able to predict demand and deliver more stock than expected;
- Distance: some retailers have to travel long distances to get access to their distributors leading to time wasting and loss of business as they have to close their shop to go get the products.
It is on this note, that we will continue to better understand the challenges of the retailers and small distributors through our “Weza Distributor Network” that aims to provide the Fast moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) suppliers and distributors an opportunity to:
- Understand their needs and gaps and provide simple innovative solutions;
- Collaborate and gain exposure;
- Discover innovative solutions and services to manage their businesses more efficiently, gain visibility and scale effectively;
- Share and discover new scalable distribution models to reach more retailers on the ground
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To collaborate or support our continued market research on understanding the retailers, distributorship and gaps in that area. Feel free to contact us, through our contact form here http://wezatele.com/contact/