Headline sponsor VME Coop

We are delighted that the Co-operative Retail Conference 2019 headline sponsor is VME Coop.

Here, we speak to VME Coop's Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Gill, on why a link-up between the retail conference and VME makes such sense. 

Stephen Gill said: "I’ve been working with co-ops for over 23 years and I’ve helped 18 different UK co-ops solve their technology problems. Our FRTS Link software runs in nine of the 13 independent co-ops, and 44% of their 1,400 stores run VME Coop software.

"Customers use us because our solution includes everything needed to run a consumer co-op; because it’s a proven system that is constantly keeping VME’s coop customers on the latest technology; and because they know the more coops using VME, the lower the price for all consumer co-ops.

"VME Coop’s purpose is to see consumer co-ops grow market share." Stephen Gill, VME Coop

"VME Coop’s purpose is to see consumer co-ops grow market share; by helping the independent co-op movement thrive, opening new stores, and hopefully new independent co-ops. We do this by reducing their costs, and helping them be as efficient as possible, by using technology.

"We believe that all co-ops, regardless of size, should pay the same price per store. This helps the smaller co-ops grow, and larger co-ops benefit by spreading the cost of new technologies; like self checkouts and mobile co-op apps."

Stephen is also running an important session at this year's conference which examines the rapidly changing landscape when it comes to payment technology and consumer trends. Discover more about the full programme here.

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