FCL Hosts Successful Second Virtual Buymart

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) successfully hosted its second ‘Virtual Buymart’ tradeshow October 18 and 19. Over 190 vendors and 600 local co-op associates connected online to discuss product and program opportunities for 2022. The first day opened with a welcome from Cody Smith, director home and building solutions, congratulating local co-op home centres on a successful sales and operational performance in 2021. Smith highlighted key initiatives, projects in development, and future opportunities designed to position the co-op retailing system for continued growth. As well, category managers hosted informational sessions for local co-op associates on day one of the show outlining strategic program opportunities for the upcoming year. Local co-op associates connected with vendors at Buymart through chat and video to explore, discuss, and review product offerings.