Iâ€™ve forgotten how many weeks itâ€™s been for Countdownâ€™s PR mess thanks to Shane Jonesâ€™s exposing their mafia stand-over tactics against Kiwi suppliers.
Now we see Australian supermarket giant Coles up s**t-creek without a paddle.
TheÂ Australian watchdog the ACCC has fired a 50cal Gatling gun against this supermarketÂ for similar tactics Countdown is under the pump in New Zealand for.
â€śThe ACCC alleges that in relation to 200 of its smaller suppliers, Coles required agreement by the supplier to the rebate within a matter of days.Â Â If these suppliers declined to agree to pay the rebate, Coles personnel were allegedly instructed to escalate the matter to more senior staff, and to threaten commercial consequences if the supplier did not agree.Â The ACCC alleges that, in a number of cases, threats were made when suppliers declined to agree to pay the rebate. Â Â Read more »