Becoming a distributor of a major brand is a big business. This is so because of the acceptance such a brand has gained among Nigerians. Patronizing the company’s products is quite easy as there is already a big market for it. This huge market has been due to the company’s brand strength. There are several big brands in Nigeria of which Nestle is one of them. With the company’s track record of satisfying consumer’s needs, Nestle Food has become the toast of the consuming public.
S0, how do you become a distributor of Nestle Food in Nigeria and begin to enjoy all the gains and benefits that comes from working in partnership with big brand? Let’s consider some of the important steps you need to take to become a distributor.
How Ready Are You?
This is an important question you must provide a satisfactory answer to. By knowing how ready you are to become a Nestle Food distributor, it helps in streamlining your objectives. It is not wise to be led by zeal and miss the way. There are a lot of things to put in place before starting up your distributorship business. All matters to do with logistic arrangements should be fully settled before engaging or applying for a Nestle distributorship.
Ensure they Belong to Your Niche
distributorship can be an enjoyable experience as well a difficult experience depending on how you make your first decision. Becoming a Nestle distributor for the sole reason of financial rewards is not advisable. Getting involved in a business you enjoy doing is the key to inner satisfaction and joy. It is therefore necessary that you carefully consider your niche.
If Nestle Food offers business you feel comfortable with, then by all means do so. But in a situation where your only focus is the financial rewards it affords you, then such reasons are not enough to become a good distributor, as chances are that you will likely under perform.
Requirements to Become a Nestle Food Distributor
There are certain requirements that must be met to qualify for a Nestle Nigeria distributorship position. These include;
Experience (5 years preferably)
To become a Nestle distributor in Nigeria, there are several procedures that must be followed. First, you will need to be qualified. So what are the requirements for qualification? Simple! First, you should have considerable experience. Nestle prefers its distributors to have at least 5 years experience. Since experience forms an important part of the requirements, it is therefore very necessary that you strongly consider this option when applying for distributorship.
Meeting the minimum financial requirement is very important to achieving your set target of becoming a Nestle distributor in Nigeria. Interested individuals are required to have a minimum of 5 million naira monthly working capital. This is in addition to a 50 million naira average turnover.
The Provision of Vehicles
Nestle requires its distributors to have delivery vehicles in the form of trucks. At least 3 (which is Nestle’s minimum) of such vehicles should be provided by the interested would-be distributor.
Provision of a Warehouse Facility
Having a fairly large warehouse facility is important. This will be used for the storage and holding of products. To become a distributor of Nestle, you will be required to provide a warehouse having a minimum of 300 meters, and should be located in any of these states; Katsina, Benue, Kano, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Kwara, Kebbi, Zamfara, and Nassarawa. Others include Sokoto, Jigawa, Uyo, Ebonyi and Yobe states. In addition to the above, you should also have a manager including 3 salespersons at the minimum.
Having in Place a Feedback Mechanism
Having a feedback mechanism in place is very important to becoming a Nestle Food distributor in Nigeria. The feedback mechanism ensures that there is easy flow of information between Nestle and you. Why is this important? Because it captures vital information such as customer preferences, choices, changing perception on products and lots of other vital information. Your position as a distributor is very strategic in providing most of this information.
Knowing Your Strengths and Taking Advantage
It is important that as a distributor, you have full knowledge of your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Concentrating on your areas of strength while improving on your areas of weakness will most likely benefit your business immensely.
This article has attempted to make available the necessary information on how to become a Nestle Food distributor in Nigeria. Following the procedures for joining, you will be adequately guided on the strategies and steps to follow to achieve your goal and desire.