Prizes for top wholesalers

A poll of more than 6,000 retailers and caterers will reveal the customers’ favourite supply chain partners in a special awards ceremony at the FWD’s Annual Conference next month.

Based on point-of-sale interviews with customers of cash and carries and wholesale distributors, the analysis by him! research amp; consulting will reveal award winners in several categories including Best Wholesale Group and Best Delivered Wholesaler. A separate award, voted for by cash and carry managers, goes to the Best Supplier.

The after-dinner presentation ceremony will be the climax of a day-long event under the title of Strategies for Growth, which brings together wholesalers, suppliers, retailers and caterers to discuss co-operation within a thriving supply chain, with sessions covering challenges and threats, operational efficiency and customer insight. This final session reveals the findings of the him! Wholesale Tracking Programme, with immediate analysis from the industry.

Speakers include John Denham MP, the shadow secretary for Features > Business, innovation and skills; Luke Johnson, the former head of Channel 4 and a retail and catering entrepreneur; and FWD chairman Chris Etherington. The event takes place at Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, London on July 14.

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