Whilst somebody working at the store may be really interested in OLIO’s work, if they can’t decide to sign up with OLIO or get you in touch with someone who can, you won’t have any luck.
If you’ve already got a target in mind, call them ahead of time to set up a meeting with the store manager to make sure they are expecting you.
Use your experience
If you’re already collecting from another store as a Food Waste Hero, talk about how positive your experience doing this has been! Stores will love to hear how passionate you are, and any happy stories about you giving back to the community will go a long way. This will demonstrate to the store that other businesses nearby are already doing the right thing, and they need to catch up being a more sustainable business.
If you’re not collecting from another business, don’t worry! You can mention the names of all the businesses we’re already working with, and talk about your experience sharing food or other items from your household (if you’ve done this already), or the impact OLIO has in other areas.
Here are some of the shops our Food Waste Heroes pick up surplus food from.
3. Sign them up!
*Remember, you only need to take this step if the business wants free collections*
Carry all the documents with you printed and ready to fill out
There’s nothing worse than being ready to sign up a business for free collections and then realising you’ve forgotten the paperwork at home!
Allergen information – to be filled in by the business, or you can also submit a document or website if the business has this already. A photograph is accepted if high quality and easy to read.
Be positive and confident
Remember that it can take a few no’s until you get a yes! Even our OLIO staff have to deal with business rejection – all the time! Take a look at our objection handling page for help with the most common concerns.
We’re proud that you’re representing OLIO to your local businesses and are relying on you to continue to expand our work.
Have a look at the forum on the app, or our Volunteer Facebook page for lots of positive inspiration!
Once you’ve successfully convinced a business, please follow along the process to register them with OLIO and we’ll let you know when collections can begin.
Now is the time for you to step up and become the Squad Captain for the group of FWHs collecting from this store!