The environmental awareness of consumers is increasing rapidly and so is the demand for organic and sustainable products. The market for sustainably produced products is growing faster than the trade of conventional consumer goods.
The topic of sustainability and environmental-friendliness is not only about the direct business impacts of its revenue and profit - It also aims to minimise the consumers bad conscience when it comes to consumption or disposal and increase the buying mood.
However, sustainable products offer even more opportunities for the retail trade: They are regarded as trendy, reflect one's lifestyle, and are highly demanded despite their higher prices and often also margins. The business is booming and more and more participants can benefit.
zentrada, Europa’s largest sourcing platform for the wholesale purchase of consumer goods online, is now offering its retailers a special Buyer World starting with 1,500 articles from the household, cosmetics, and food sectors that have a sustainable character. The selection will grow rapidly with the existing and new suppliers and provides ideas paired with a direct channel for purchasing for resellers.
Not everything can be “organic”. Sustainability relates to many aspects in production, packaging, transport, and disposal of products. For example, cotton shopping bags, reusable products or innovations that replace plastic and aluminum with natural raw materials also offer environmentally friendly alternatives that benefit climate and retailers simultaneously.
But retailers and consumers are and will remain realistic. The advantage of a global division of labor and mass production, which are both necessary for the large business of consumption, are also likely to have a superior environmental balance compared to the many smaller local production sites. The increasingly digital and innovative logistic chains have also worked on more ecologically efficient systems.
“Everything that increases efficiency is also ecological - We as a digital trading platform and logistic service provider also have the goal of shortening the path from manufacturer to retailer, bundling transactions and thus improving the ecological balance of trade,“ says zentrada CEO Ingo Schloo about his task for an ecological future.
Following the digitalisation of sales and the new opportunities in online sourcing, the retail sector is experiencing another wave of opportunities and change to be mastered by the “greening” of consumption and assortments.
-“Independent retailers are really close to the customers, but often far away from the best suppliers-“. Therefore, more and more retailers see the chance to make their assortments more attractive and diversified through online sourcing, to survive the tough competition.
The zentrada.network connects more than 363.128 registered and reachable retailers across Europe with leading assortments and brands of the big suppliers from Europe through the zentrada sourcing platforms and TradeSafe order processing system.
Since 2005, zentrada added separate teams and marketplaces in France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, and an English EU version to its German headquarters to facilitate this connection. zentrada is pioneer, technology, and market leader in the free European wholesale sourcing for resellers.
More than 500 European importers, manufactures, and wholesalers offer almost 400.000 products, trends, and brand products, as well as stock lots, from all product groups of consumer good trade in their own zentrada-Shops.
The integrated TradeSafe order and payment processing allows retailers to handle orders across suppliers easily, with 100% buyer protection, and enables both parties to be part of international trade without risks and language barriers. Since 2017, zentrada.Distribution offers central delivery and invoicing for product assortments of big international suppliers.
The zentrada Membership and TradeSafe are always free for commercial wholesale purchases. The membership can be extended for a small membership fee to add PREMIUM Services and the FreeD! Flatrate for free deliveries.