Coles tightens noose on agents

 In Australia, Coles, NewZealand
Coles is considering extending a controversial overhaul of its supermarket supply chain to its almost 1500 Coles Express convenience stores and liquor outlets.
The likely shake-up would touch every grocery item from beer to bread.
A confidential tender document obtained by BusinessDay sets out Coles’ plan to restructure the relationship between it, suppliers and field agents – also known as ”reps” – and proposes the new arrangements could be implemented at its petrol station network as well as Coles liquor arms Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars.
BusinessDay has also learnt that Coles is now drawing up a shortlist of interested parties to fill the ranks of its maiden panel of ”approved” field agents for its supermarkets after its first tender round under the radical new plan closed last Friday.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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