Spoiled Rotten – drive fresh produce sales and reduce shrinkage

Upskill People’s new online learning course “Fresh Produce – Need to Know” is the latest addition to our comprehensive library of ready to go courses for retail. This course will drive fresh produce sales instore and reduce shrinkage. What’s more it’s fully responsive so the course can be completed on pretty much any Internet connected device – smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

Fruit and veg is the fastest growing category in store, increasing by 8.4% in 2014 (Source: The Local Shop Report, ACS). As well as driving revenue, a retailer’s reputation can rise or fall on the quality of fresh produce offered in store. This effective and highly interactive course gives staff vital skills to look after produce from the moment it’s delivered to when it’s sold. The course covers handling, storing, displaying, and selling fresh produce.USP_1502_Fresh-Produce_Course_Launch_News-SAJ-Clip-3

From tips on merchandising effectively through to giving staff the confidence and product knowledge to persuade customers to try something new, “Fresh Produce – Need to Know” helps retail teams increase sales of flowers, fresh fruit and veg and prevent loss of revenue from spoiled produce.

Demonstrating industry best practice, the course includes interesting facts about where produce comes from, and great tips on how to prepare and present tasty dishes. All aimed at giving your staff that little bit of extra knowledge that goes a long way in delivering legendary customer service.

 “This course is fantastic. It gives all our colleagues not only the basic knowledge but equips them with the information and the skills to drive sales, reduce waste and increase revenue in store. With excellent content and interactivity it’s a great way to learn.”

John Gavey, Health & Safety and Training Manager

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited Store magazine

USP_1502_Fresh-Produce_Course_Launch_News-SAJ-Clip-4Five interesting facts about the fresh produce you sell – a great way to engage with customers

  • Avocados originated in South American, where it was known as ahuacate, the Aztec word for testicle, named for its reputed aphrodisiac properties as well as its shape.
  • The Romans believed that strawberries stopped the symptoms of depression, fainting, fever, bad breath and kidney stones, to name just a few.
  • Potatoes were the first crop to be grown in space when the Columbia space shuttle took them on its mission in 1995.
  • Low in fat and high in dietary fibre, one serving of cauliflower can give you enough vitamin C for a whole day.
  • The rose, according to fossil evidence, is 35 million years old.

“Wow – this course is really good. All our produce staff will complete it.”

Ally Church, Operational Support Manager

 Radstock Co-operative Society Limited

In this course you will learn:

  • How to look after your produce so that it offers the best value for your customers.
  • How it can all go horribly wrong if you don’t look after fruit and vegetables correctly.
  • What some produce goes through before it arrives in your store.
  • How to display items to offer maximum attractiveness and increase sales potential.
  • What you can do to give a little bit more to your customers and improve your sales.

Click to download the latest copy of our Course Catalogue, which includes “Fresh Produce – Need to Know”.

Get in contact with Upskill People to find out more at info@upskillpeople.com.