Costcutter Supermarkets Group has appointed Daniel Quest as its new retail director. Also joining the convenience symbol group is Matthew Dashper-Hughes, who takes the position of interim managing director of Rhythm & Booze.
As multiples shelve their plans for out-of-town expansion and consumers re-discover the benefits of shopping closer to home, the time is right for suppliers to shift their emphasis towards wholesalers and the one million small businesses they supply and support. FWD’s David Visick reports
JJ Food Service has brought in forecasting and purchasing optimisation from tech specialists Relex to improve the efficiency of its supply chains.
Staff of Spar wholesaler A F Blakemore & Son got green-fingered last week to take part in Give and Gain Day 2013.
Australian research reveals negative impact of plain packaging
The Government’s decision last week to abandon – at least for the moment – plain packaging on tobacco may have caused controversy in many quarters, but will come as a relief to much of the convenience channel, which had feared an increase in red tape, employee workloads as well as an increase in the illicit trade.
Our business was transformed
The Health Store is one of the UK’s leading wholesalers of natural and organic products to the independent health food trade.
Confex recognises trade excellence
Confex members and suppliers gathered at its annual trade show held in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Ice cream and frozen desserts are perfect for consumers wanting a low-cost treat. The top suppliers talk us through the main trends and how wholesalers can profit.
Costco launches subscription website for online exclusives
Wholesaler Costco has launched a new subscription service aimed at non-Costco Wholesale members. For £15, a costco.co.uk online annual subscription allows shoppers to make purchases at the previously published member-only price, shaving off the usual 5% non-member surcharge. The site will also offer lines not available to warehouse shoppers.
It’s a Chunky Mint champion
Nestlé has crowned Kit Kat Chunky Mint its newest Chunky Champion and it will be on permanent sale from next week.
New fleet for P&H Direct
Palmer and Harvey has taken delivery of a new fleet of 50 Isuzu trucks to power its new P&H Direct business.
New look for L&B
Imperial Tobacco will be introducing a new design for its entire Lambert & Butler portfolio later this month.
Online or on the edge?
Rising global competition, a shifting and consolidating retail sector and increasingly sophisticated technology, mean many wholesalers are looking for ways to adapt their business processes to stay lean and ahead.
Today’s Group makes profit planning a priority
Today’s Group will launch its Plan for Profit range guide during the first week of May.
CJ Lang brings in new sales controller
C J Lang & Son has appointed Roy Williams as its new independent sales controller.
RH Amar makes key wholesale channel appointment
Fine food distributor RH Amar has recruited Karen Jones to grow the company’s presence in the wholesale and convenience retail sectors.
P&H honours its leading retailers and suppliers at Pro-retail gala dinner
Delivered specialist Palmer and Harvey, honoured some of the UK’s top retailers and suppliers at its annual awards (April 30) at its Pro-retail gala dinner.
Landmark Wholesale adds some sparkle
Landmark Wholesale has introduced a new sparkling white wine called Santa Loretta to its range.
Blakemore brush strokes help local communities
Blakemore employees have been busy helping their local communities with a spot of decorating as part of the company’s volunteering programme.
Musgrave remains focused in face of “challenging economic circumstances”
Musgrave Group, the Irish retailing and wholesaling operator, this week reported sales up 11% to €4.9bn across its Irish, UK and Spanish operation for the year ended 31 December 2012.
OFT examines Costcutter and Mace merger
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering the implications of the Palmer & Harvey/Costcutter deal which last month saw Mace stores merge into Costcutter Supermarkets as part of the formation of the new £5bn buying group The Buyco.
Specialist new member for Landmark
Halls Drinks, a specialist beer, wine and spirits wholesaler servicing the North Wales, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Shropshire and Cheshire areas, has joined Landmark Wholesale.
P&H detail Pro-retail show exclusive offers
Palmer and Harvey has revealed more of what visitors to its trade show Pro-retail 2013 can expect next week saying independent and symbol retailers attending will have access to more than 100 exclusive deals from top UK brands.
Spar raises more than half a million pounds for ChildLine
Spar retailers, staff and customers from around the UK have helped raise an £567,000 for ChildLine over the past year, smashing the symbol group’s target donation of £500,000.
“Sales still down” – CBI survey
The CBI’s Distributive Trades Survey of 46 wholesalers this week reported the majority (35%) were still experiencing a sales down-turn, with just 9% saying sales volumes were up on a year earlier.
Londis gives retailers tools to personalise web pages
Londis claims it is the first UK convenience chain to offer retailers personalised web pages for their stores. The new pages form part of the Londis consumer website, which was upgraded last year.
Wholesalers climb the Asian Rich List
Wholesalers and other figures in the food business were among those featured in the 2013 Asian Rich List.
Palmer and Harvey set to launch new foodservice van sales operation
Delivered wholesaler Palmer and Harvey is set to unveil two business developments at its Pro-retail event at the end of April.
> The views of all the main players in the UK Wholesale industry and their plans for 2013
> Insight into the main issues facing the industry and predictions for the year ahead
> Category information and data
> Listings of all FWD members and their depots by location
> Guide to preferred suppliers