New football season brings orders for Premier League Retail Units
Rapid Retail is delighted to be heading into the new season with an order for a number of Premier League Retail Units from Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Leicester City football clubs. The company now counts all but three of the Premiership clubs as customers, as well as a growing number of other league clubs and sporting venues.
These contracts come hot on the heels of additional orders from leading European football club and 2014 league title holders, Paris St Germain, where the company has finalised a long-term deal to supply a further three units. Rapid Retail’s bespoke units will allow the French club to boost its football team strip and merchandising sales on match days as well as at other key events.
Spurs, Southampton and Leicester are all using units to deliver potential merchandise sales to more than 100,000 match day fans. The Premier League retail units will also be used for new season football strip launches and to take the pressure away from the main ground retail shops when they need to undergo refurbishment. A growing element of retail activity within the units is the supply of custom-printed club shirts to the fans. Nick Daffern, Managing Director of Rapid Retail said: “In 2007, when we launched the business, we had just one key customer, Manchester City, which still retains our units. The fact that so many football clubs in all divisions now call on us to supply a diverse range of retail units illustrates the confidence that they have in us and in the flexibility we can offer. We are also seeing more inquiries coming from other sporting and retail areas.”
Matt Payne, Head of Retail, Licensing and Merchandising at Leicester City Football Club added: “It is important that the fans enjoy a complete match day experience. The fact that Rapid Retail can supply such high quality units enhances that experience and relieves pressure in other retail areas of the ground, meaning the fans are served more quickly”.
Football merchandising sales in the UK are reported to be the highest in the world. Fans of all ages seem keen to buy new season home and away strips, as well as other football-related merchandise, with the average price of a home shirt being £50. Manchester United shirts remain the highest selling in the world, with 1.5 million shirts sold last season.