Nuts and Grains is a family-run Irish business that started out as a simple brick and mortar store selling - you guessed it - nuts and grains. 16 years later, Nuts and Grains has an enormous catalogue of healthy products and supplements that they sell both off and online, aiming to deliver the highest quality Irish products that make a real difference to their customers. Click here to visit the Nuts and Grains website.
Nuts and Grains use Shiptheory in conjunction with Retail Management Hero (RMH), an EPOS system distributed by Positive System Solutions, to help manage their shipping with seamless integration between the two platforms. Click here to learn more about RMH and Shiptheory.
Our account manager at PSS recommended the Shiptheory module for RMH. The integration was seamless, and we've never looked back! The support from both Shiptheory and PSS has been excellent. Previously a label could take between 5-10 minutes, so even on a day with a few dozen orders, you can save hours!
A: Nuts and Grains is predominately a bricks and mortar store that's been running for around 35 years. In the last 5 years we expanded online and are now an omni-channel business and online sales have gradually built to about 10% of our business. We're like a natural products mini mart - we sell everything from fresh fruit and veg, wholefoods, grains, nuts, seeds, cosmetics, but the major part of our business is supplements and herbal remedies, which make up the majority of our sales, particularly our online ones.
A: The beauty of a small business is we're lean and nimble and can change depending on trends and customer requirements. With Covid, we've trended towards more local Irish food produce for our in-store products, for example. Our catalogue for our customers has grown significantly over the last 30 years, but it's always been supplement driven. People are always looking to boost their health and treat problems with natural remedies and supplements.
A: It's lovely to look back. My aunt set up the store and my mum ran it, and it was a shop about the size of a back office. We sold a few gluten-free products and supplements. It was still quite small when I took over the running of the store 16 years ago, but we expanded the physical store and decided to really go for it. Now with our online store, it feels like we're growing in the right direction.
A: All our supplements are good quality and well-researched, so they really make a difference. I think in the next few years people are going to be a lot more careful with their money, so if they're taking something they want it to be good quality and know it works. We think focusing on quality will pay off.
A: I guess our biggest challenge is competing with supermarkets - even petrol stations are trying to get in on the act! We have to stay on top of the game and we do that with excellent customer service. We aim for high speed of deliveries to match our service in store, to give our customers something they won't get in the supermarkets. We're trying to expand more into local artisan food produce too.
A: We are predominately a brick-and-mortar store therefore our POS system is central to day-to-day activities. We use Retail Management Hero (RMH) by PSS to manage our stock, sales, and customers. As our website is fully integrated online orders come through our POS system. Connecting our EPOS system to Shiptheory has been a dream for processing online orders!
The work begins when we must pick, pack, and do the labels, which nobody wanted to do! Our account manager at PSS recommended the Shiptheory module for RMH. The integration was seamless, and we've never looked back!
A: No one's ever asked me that before! To be honest, every other day we have a customer tell us how much one of our team or products has made a difference. That's really heart-warming, and we know we're going in the right direction. I can't give you a single one, but just knowing we're making a difference is amazing..
A: I would highly recommend it, it's just another string to your bow. As customers enter their details, mistakes and error codes are picked up as they do it, so things are caught instantly. When using the Shiptheory module for RMH was suggested to me, I was a little sceptical. I thought, oh you know, what's a couple of hours sitting down doing labels? I said I'd look at it, but now I'm so glad that we implemented this technology! The support from both Shiptheory and PSS has been excellent. It's just great, especially on a Monday morning – previously a label could take between 5-10 minutes, so even on a day with a few dozen orders, you can save hours!