If your garden centre has an on-site cafe then you will be wanting to host a number of different refreshment solutions for your customers. There are many suppliers and distributors that sell disposables and machinery to save you purchasing from different outlets.
Consider sourcing locally, and with someone that is dedicated to help you offer a personalised experience to your customers.
Ask for Testimonials
It is important that you find someone that you can rely on, is cost effective, and already have good reviews and feedback from their customers. Ask yourself whether or not they can deliver the goods consistently for your business?
Visit their website, and check to see what customers they showcase and what they say about the quality of service they have received. If they are local, the visit them in person.
Try to source your products and services locally if you can, to save on time, and to impress your customers by making the most out of what is available to you on your doorstep. Are the products home grown and ethically sourced?
Give your customers a reason to buy your products from you locally rather than looking elsewhere.
You may also want to be considering what items you would like to purchase in bulk, from vending machine supplies, to cold beverages, sugar and toppings and syrups and sauces. Do your research. Get to know the products you want to sell off by heart.
That way you can ask the right questions and have an in-depth discussion with your chosen supplier, to ensure you make the best possible decision for the business. Crates to store the coffee beans, to ensure easy handling.
Imagine the convenience of having your suppliers provide you with all the extras too, including food, catering, and barista training. There is no harm in asking. Find a supplier that is flexible and can adapt to your business needs.