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Supplier Availability Criticised

Supplier availability criticised

Wholesale News  reports that Dawood Pervez, MD of Bestway Wholesale has criticised supplier availability. He says: “Availability this year has been the worst ever seen in wholesale even before the hot weather and the CO2 shortage.” He regularly walks around multiples to see stock of products that suppliers say are not available, on allocation or are not currently produced.

BAT says that C-stores are about to miss out on the big vaping opportunity

Convenience Store online reports that Nigel Hardy of British American Tobacco (BAT) says the convenience industry must act now to become the champion of the UK’s vaping market. This warning comes just weeks before one of the UK’s major multiples is expected to move its vaping offer from behind the counter to the main sales floor.

Lomond Wholesale launches “Nom Stop” food-to-go solution for convenience

Wholesale News  reports that Lomond Wholesale is supporting convenience retailers looking to add food-to-go to their offering. Lomond has launched “Nom Stop” an all-in-one food to go “turnkey” solution, which includes kitchen set up, marketing material, set-by-step guides plus legal and food safety guidelines.

Direct to Consumer & Amazon Threat

The Grocer reports a further threat to retailers through the continued digital growth threat from Amazon as they seek to enter the food & drink market. And the direct to consumer threat from suppliers as they work to bypass wholesalers and retailers by selling direct to consumers.

High street store closures accelerate

Linked In  reports that high street shops closed at a rate of almost 14  a day in the first half of 2018. Analysis of 500 high streets by PwC and the Local Data Company showed town centres were enduring their worst period for five years with 2,692 stores closed down between January and June.

Merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda will increase prices

Linked In reports that the merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda will result in higher prices for shoppers, rival supermarkets and suppliers have told the competition watchdog. CEO Mike Coupe urged regulators to approve the tie-up as he warned discounters Aldi & Lidl threaten Christmas sales.

David Gilroy

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