Exclusive Manufacturer Partners
Here at First Choice Group, we pride ourselves on the relationships we hold with leading OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). Through carefully crafted MDAs (master distribution agreements) with manufacturers who have chosen us as their exclusive spare parts distributor, our team can offer an unrivalled genuine spare parts supply solution to customers, whilst also supporting manufacturers of catering equipment, refrigeration equipment and more. These agreements give our customers access to a full range of genuine OEM spare parts, accessories and consumables.
First Choice Group’s portfolio of exclusive MDA partners includes:
- Blanco Professional
- Husky Commercial
- Mareno, part of the Ali Group
- Middleby UK (multiple brands)
- Roller Grill
- Synergy Grill
- Welbilt (multiple brands)
What benefits do our MDAs bring to customers?
The MDAs First Choice Group hold allow us to deliver a heightened level of service, by guaranteeing unprecedented access to genuine OEM spare parts from leading manufacturers. This means that no matter the part the customer is searching for, we can deliver a speedy solution to the problems faced in commercial kitchens every day with next day and same-day delivery options available.
The combination of our industry-leading warehouse automation and logistics facilities, longer operating hours and later order cut-off times plus innovative delivery solutions like ByBox and the in-boot service provide a complete solution for genuine OEM parts for foodservice equipment.
Specialised Customer Support
Our customers don’t just receive access to the UK’s largest stock of OEM spare parts, we also offer added support including assistance with part identification, equipment manuals, up-to-date parts & operation information as well as investment in parts photos and 360° spin imagery.
Every member of our Customer Service team receives specialist training on each of our MDA partners in order to provide better support to all of our customers.
Tailored Manufacturer Technical Training
Our partnerships with manufacturers enable us to deliver tailored technical training for engineers on specific equipment brands. Delegates receive in-depth technical training on service and maintenance in fully functioning commercial training kitchens from experts with decades of experience.
Through our MDAs we can also deliver a whole range of demonstrations to help customers develop their product knowledge of our exclusive manufacturers. Our First Choice Training facilities play host to a range of equipment demonstration days available for chefs, operators and equipment distributors in order for visitors to experience a brand’s equipment firsthand and learn more about the features.
How do we support our manufacturer partners?
Support with Distribution and Growth
Through working together, we are determined to help our manufacturer partners grow. By offering the right part, at the right time, we can help to develop the relationship between the manufacturer and the customer through our full-service spare parts supply solution.
We offer joint manufacturer marketing to actively promote our MDA partners, using a range of digital tools such as SEO, PPC, video, content, email and social media. This in turn helps boost sales of their genuine parts and we share reporting on our digital campaign performance so our partners gain valuable market insights.
Facility hire and event support is also available at FC HQ for industry events and demonstration days, as well as trade events and conferences which are covered by the industry media.
Our enhanced reporting platforms and data transparency policy provides information on manufacturer performance levels – including turnover, first time ship, lead times, part usage statistics and more. This data enables both us and the manufacturer to optimise our partnership and service performance.
Significant Stock Investment
To ensure we are fully supporting our exclusive partners, we place extra investment in acquiring our MDA manufacturer’s parts, accessories and consumables to ensure our in-stock levels always remain high. The high stock levels we hold enable us to provide an excellent level of service to customers and help maintain the manufacturer’s brand image.
Our streamlined stocking processes mean that we place fewer, larger orders, instead of many small daily orders. This makes it simpler and less resource intensive for the manufacturer to fulfil parts orders.
The fact that we significantly invest in parts stock for MDAs means that the manufacturer can reduce their own parts inventory, lowering their own costs and resource usage such as packaging and shipping.
Managed Warranty Process
We can manage the full warranty process for our exclusive partners, providing a seamless experience for customers while also freeing up the manufacturer’s resources. Our warranty management processes can be tailored specifically to work in tandem with the manufacturer’s own internal processes.