After being busted by their suppliers for mafia style stand-over tactics and trying to run a whispering campaign against anyone who welched on them to the Commerce Commission, Countdown are now throwing their toys out of the cot and refusing to attend the Food & Grocery Council conference laters in the year.
There were rumbles around the bar leaners at last years conference from suppliers about Countdown’s behaviour, and it has come to a head this year. They only have themselves to blame, but they continue to blame the industry representative group and have former National party president Sue Wood running around putting pressure on people.
The latest tactic to pressure the FGC into silence is to withdraw from the conference.
I’m pretty sure that Foodstuffs will be pleased with that, having unfettered access to all the suppliers in a convivial atmosphere without the interference of the team from Countdown.
Dave Chambers seriously needs to get a grip and stop playing the bear in the pit. Whilst a few dogs will get mauled ultimately the bear winds up dead.
Supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises will snub its suppliers’ annual industry conference because it has been stung by allegations it bullied them, the Australian-owned company that runs the Countdown chain has confirmed.
But suppliers are reporting an improvement in their relationship with Progressive, says the Food and Grocery Council (FGC).
The council, which represents suppliers, backed claims made in Parliament early this year by then Labour MP Shane Jones that Progressive was demanding retrospective payments from suppliers under threat of having their products removed from supermarket shelves. Â Â Read more »