Nisa-Today's has finally put the infighting and back-biting that has dogged the buying group for the past two years behind it, claims chief executive Neil Turton in the latest issue of Nisa's members' magazine.
Members could feel justifiably proud of what the group had achieved in the past three years despite the difficulties arising from the failed merger with Costcutter, he said.
"The company is trading well and has just finished yet another year of excellent growth in sales," he said. "Nisa-Today's now looks and feels like our organisation has recovered from the various challenges it faced, stronger and better."
Turton highlighted the development of its ambient warehouse, major investment in new technology and a new head office as evidence of the progress the company had made in the past few years.
He called on members to work together to drive the organisation forward. "The lesson of the past two years is that discord drags the organisation down," he said. "Everyone connected with Nisa-Today's must now seize the day and work together on a new and refreshed agenda of sustained sales development and the creation of new and enhanced benefits in the future."
Nisa will take ownership of the new head office, or Member Support Centre, this month. Situated next to the warehouse in Scunthorpe, the office would help keep central operating costs low, said Turton. A united board and membership, growth, improved corporate governance and member representation gave the company the platform to achieve success, he added.
Meanwhile, Nisa is launching a new initiative this month to offer shoppers lower prices on everyday fresh products. The 'Fresh for Less' scheme will initially focus on own-label ranges but is expected to be broadened out over the next year to offer a core range of products covering all fresh food categories.