Tuesday 5 January 2010

New Groceries Supply Code Of Practice (GSCOP) due for implementation on 4th Feb 2010

Given that the New Ombudsman has yet to be appointed, and with a Government focused upon more important matters like getting re-elected, it means that suppliers will be on their own until after May 2010, minimum….
This means that suppliers are headed for some of the toughest negotiations ever on every aspect of the supplier-customer relationship.

Think about it: Even better, check out the original document on the CC website, factor in the lack-of-readiness on both sides, the usual emphasis on consumer-first, strongest players allowed to win, add a normal dose of cynicism, and capture the result in terms of negative impact on supplier profitability…

In other words, the major multiples have a window in which new ‘norms’ can be established, before a test-case sets realistic and more practical ground rules. This means that concessions on margins, credit periods, settlement discounts, rebates, promotional support, trade funding will be probably be re-negotiated to replace any retailer losses on payments no longer allowed ( such as shrinkage allowances, space-costs, retros, etc)

Add in the costs (and risks!) of putting everything in writing, together with the need for new retailer Code Compliance Officers to report regularly on retailer compliance with the GSCOP, and you begin to see the inevitability of a legally enforceable contract between suppliers and retailers. For guidelines on trade contracts, check with your colleagues in France handling the Carrefour Account.

All of this adds up to a need to quantify every aspect of the supplier-retailer business relationship, counting every penny before, rather than after the negotiation session.
See Namcalc for 34 different ways of calculating cost to you and value to the retailer
Drop me a note on bmoore@namnews to discuss implications for you

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