Metcash defends overseas trips and supplier rebates

 In Australia, Metcash/IGA, NewZealand
Australia’s third-biggest supermarket, Metcash, has defended the "overseas study tours" and rebates it applies to suppliers – practices at the heart of an unconscionable conduct claim brought against it by two suppliers. 
Canned food wholesalers and distributors Cofco Distributors and Fasttrack Logistics have alleged in the Federal Court that Metcash, which runs the IGA grocery chain, demanded more than $10 million in rebates and demanded they pay for Metcash staff to take business-class trips to places including Japan, Las Vegas and Hawaii.
In the wake of the statement of claim, multiple suppliers and employees have told Fairfax Media that Metcash allegedly profits from the trips, which cost tens of thousands of dollars. The suppliers and employees say the trips have "nothing to do" with suppliers’ business, and suppliers are under "extreme pressure" to attend.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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