Wondering how B2B online marketplace helps boost operational efficiency in restaurants

One of the most sizeable influences of Covid-19 is the changing consumer behaviour. And as we are slowly pivoting from managing the crisis to recovery and the reopening of economies, it is clear that the changed behaviour patterns are here to stay. Additionally, many of the longer-term changes in consumer behaviour are still being formed, giving companies an opportunity to help shape the Next Normal.

One of the changes that is inevitable is the digitalization of B2B e-commerce. In 2020, B2B has overtaken B2C sales through online transactions, with B2B reaching a worldwide market value of $7.7 trillion, as opposed to the $2.3 trillion of B2C.The World Economic Forum has estimated the UAE’s 2020 e-commerce market to be valued at $27.2 billion. The e-grocery market grew by 300 per cent during the third quarter of 2020 in the UAE, while Saudi Arabia’s market has grown by 500 per cent.

The new consumer behaviour spans all areas of life. The decision-making process on how we work, how we entertain ourselves to how we shop in our personal lives and even while procuring elements to run our business, is also evolving. Rapid delivery, greater product choice and transparency over pricing are elements we have come to expect in both personal and professional settings.

When it comes to B2B F&B market, the industry has stayed traditional over the years and now has a lot of space for improvement when it comes to innovation, going paperless, and overall business optimization.

SupplyMe, an online B2B marketplace that connects local food suppliers with restaurants, hotels, cafes, supermarkets, and other foodservice businesses of all sizes helps businesses move forward. The online marketplace strives to improve the online B2B food marketto simplify and speed up the process of buyingwithout any phone calls, bunch of documents, and bothersome paperwork. Igor Nikolenko, Co-founder &CEO of the online marketplace lists down the top benefits that F&B operators get when they start purchasing online with the suppliers listed on the platform.

  • Instant overview of the market propositions

Being smart in the F&B industry essentially means giving the customer what they want: choice, price and service. An online marketplaceis a business model that have integrated these core principles to offer increased product choice, competitive pricing and a superior customer experience, without the restraints of inventory and logistics. It also grants customers a 360-degree view of every product – including pricing, origin and availability.Customer support isan added advantage, as it helps put customers at the core of the business.

  • Intuitive order process

Product selection is a complex process and quite time-consuming for buyers if purchases are made without efficient systems and without formal purchasing agreements from various suppliers. With the use of technology such as big dataand machine learning, online marketplacescan help businessesidentify their purchasing pattern and ease the process of placing repeat orders. Vendor evaluation, spend analytics, and demand forecasting are some of the most popular benefits of data analytics in the F&B sector.

  • Complete transparency in supply chain

The food industry and modern-day shoppers have changed beyond recognition. One of the biggest challenges faced by the F&B operators is the reliability of the supplier with regards to the quality of the product delivered and the delivery timing.

As online marketplaces, it is essential for us to list suppliers that can provide the best of authentic products and also provide timely delivery to ensure the customers keep coming back. To gain a competitive edge over business rivals, meet customer expectations, and keep costs to a minimum, major supermarkets, and food companies large or smallare now much more conscious of the need to map out and understand their supply chains. In this day and age of age of the experience economy, B2B online marketplaces can enhance the customer experience by making the journey easier and seamless and provide more than just functional and rational benefits

SupplyMe, the new B2B online marketplace for the F&B business aims to complement your business and profoundly impact the myriad other corporate priorities. The digital transformation in the F&B industry has turned processes that were disorganized, time-consuming, and burdensome into something simple and convenient helping organizations recover the lost revenue and to save more.