(Source: Sun Star | 01 February 2017)
New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) affiliated brands merge to form one, stronger company – the LTS Retail Specialists Inc.
These brands include NCCC Supermarket, Choice Mart by NCCC, HB1 Pharmacy, Breadfactory, Citifoods, and Munchies.
NCCC Supermarket and Choice Mart by NCCC were previously under LTS Supermarkets Inc. while HB1 Pharmacy was under LTS Community Stores Inc. The Breadfactory, Munchies, and Citifoods belonged to LTS City Foods Inc.
LTS Retail Specialists Inc. consultant Bobby Mabanta emphasized the advantage of the merger, “We get more leverage from our business partners for merchandising and marketing, plus all the stores will benefit from the best practices of our operations. This way, we provide the best shopping experience for our shoppers in all our stores.”
The Davao City based retail chain has a total of seven business units namely LTS Retail Specialists Inc.; LTS Malls Inc. which manages all the mall operations in Davao, Palawan, and Tagum; LTS Department Stores Inc.; and LTS Hardwares Inc.
Also under the NCCC Group of Companies are LTS City Foods Inc. which operates the commissary; LTS Community Stores Inc. which runs PrintLife; and LTS Pinnacle Holdings Inc. which provides the support services for the store operations, with such departments as Finance, Information Technology, and Human Resources, among others.
Advocating local farmers
In support of the program of Department of Agriculture, LTS Retail Specialists Inc. advocates buying direct from local farmers.
“We actually had a talk with Secretary (Manny) Piñol of the Department of Agriculture when he was working on the idea of giving fruit farmers direct access to supermarkets. He did mention that DOA (Department of Agriculture) is working out on a system with which the onion farmers of the country, especially those from Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, will be able to deliver their produce to these chains of Supermarkets,” NCCC Consultant Tjader Regis said.
In support of the said system, LTS Retail Specialists Inc. vice president Teresito Canda said, “We are already sourcing fruits and vegetables from local farmers. We buy from them directly. We are committed to do this program for sustainable development. Our Merchandising Department – Fresh Category is still looking for more farmers so we can increase exposure of our local farmers to more shoppers.”
Regis added the NCCC Group of Companies is glad to be part of this advocacy and that giving a chance to local farmers will definitely contribute an improvement on their farming practices, resulting in higher production levels and better quality crops while conserving the country’s environmental resources.
In turn, the partnership will lead to secure supply of quality and fresh local produce where all the shoppers can benefit.
– By Stephanie Mae M. Tujan