Wippet Launches Online Marketplace For The Healthcare Sector
Launching at the Care Show at the NEC, Wippet is a new online marketplace for the healthcare sector. Hosting a wide variety of healthcare suppliers across all sectors on one platform, Wippet sells everything a healthcare provider might need from beds to detergents, from uniforms to food and even services.
And with multiple suppliers in the same categories Wippet will promote both choice and competition.
Wippet allows customers to buy with ease from one site, with one login, one basket and one consolidated invoice each time they place an order. What’s more – Wippet is free to the customer.
The brainchild of Matt Oxley – who has had extensive experience across the care and acute care sectors – Wippet makes buying healthcare products and services simple.
With a sophisticated search function and easy navigation, Wippet makes it simple to source products and services from trusted suppliers. It is a B2B online platform that has the ease and fluidity of a B2C marketplace.
Offering consolidated invoicing that radically reduce administrative burdens, Wippet also reduces the costs, inefficiencies and errors that can arise from managing a fragmented supplier base.
Many care providers do not have the time or resources to conduct even rudimentary checks on their suppliers, but reassuringly, all suppliers on Wippet must go through Wippet’s due diligence checks prior to being listed, providing the assurance to customers that they are buying from known and trusted supplier brands.
PICTURE: Wippet Founders (from left to right) John Barrowcliffe, Matt Oxley and David Meikle.
Oxley says: ‘From the smallest residential home to the largest healthcare group, we know that time spent on unnecessary admin is ultimately time that cannot be spent delivering care – and that’s a major problem.
‘Wippet offers a simple one-stop shop, where you can consolidate all your transactions into one place. We can even accommodate your existing suppliers. Operators can ask their suppliers to upload their existing catalogue and pricing, safe in the knowledge this sensitive information will only be visible to the specific customer. We’re bringing buyers and sellers together to provide greater choice and value in one place. I don't believe there is a care provider out there that could not benefit significantly from the efficiency Wippet brings.’
Wippet has already signed up some of the biggest players in care supplies and services. Two of the biggest suppliers to the care sector, Care Shop and Renray Healthcare, are already onboard. Such is the confidence in Wippet’s business plan that Oxley and his co-founders - ecommerce expert John Barrowcliffe and marketing expert David Meikle – have already secured investment with the sale of the business to leading logistics firm Clipper PLC.
Barbara Meeks, Managing Director of Care Shop, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of care equipment, chemicals and consumables, says: ‘We are delighted to be a primary Care sector supplier on the exciting Wippet platform, which allows us to promote our fantastic product range to whole new set of customers.’
Wippet launches today, and customers and suppliers can go to to login.