New tech helps consolidate multiple suppliers

01 November, 2019 by Andy Young

A new ordering and payments platform has been launched which aims to make life easier and simpler for pubs, bars and bottleshops by bringing multiple suppliers into one easy system.

Kaddy has been created by Rich Coombes and Mike Abbott and the platform offers venues a more streamlined option for dealing with the growing number of craft suppliers and also means suppliers can be available to a growing number of venues and all under an easy payment system.

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Coombes, who has previously co-founded several beverages companies including Batlow Cider, Capital Brewing and Will & Co Coffee, said: “To get access to the best and freshest products that today’s consumer demands, pubs and retailers are buying across multiple distribution channels, often with lots of direct to supplier business.

“Ordering from so many different suppliers is a messy and inefficient process that usually involves text messages, emails and phone calls, not to mention the time-consuming process of setting up a credit application for every individual supplier, each of which may have different trading terms and requirements.”

So far leading operators including ALIA’s Bar Group Operator of the Year, Applejack Hospitality, as well as Mary’s Group, Australian Heritage Hotel and Camperdown Cellars Group have adopted Kaddy.

Coombes added: “Rather than have 10, 20 or 100 different beer suppliers, for example, a venue can access their suppliers’ products with a single Kaddy account. It’s free to use for customers and they’re deriving a lot of value from it.”

Co-Founder Abbott, who previously co-founded Uber in Australia in 2012 and headed up its operations for Australia & New Zealand, said: “From working closely with the Uber Eats team, I got a very clear sense of how difficult ordering and administration can be for hospitality businesses, and technology’s huge potential to make their processes so much more efficient.”

Kaddy also offers benefits participating suppliers, with over 30 on board already, including craft brewers such as Bentspoke Brewing Company, The Grifter Brewing Company, Two Birds Brewing Company and Endeavour Brewing Company.

“The suppliers we are working with are very highly regarded, but running an efficient back office and accounts receivable department is generally not what they love doing,” says Coombes.

“A supplier never has to send an invoice or chase a dollar of payment, they can focus on what they do best and love doing – making great products and building an amazing brand.”

Already up and running across NSW and ACT, Kaddy expects to be able to facilitate orders nationwide by the first quarter of 2020, Interested parties whether venues or suppliers, can express their interest by visiting www.kaddy.com.au.