Retail & Wholesale

Retailers forced to halt abuse of suppliers

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply wants to implement a licensing scheme for supermarkets to require workers who deal with suppliers, such as buyers, to have a licence. The system would be designed to clamp down on supply chain abuse and malpractice. CIPS has held talks with key bodies in the industry and with government officials and believes licensing is necessary to improve supply chain oversight and transparency. Research by the body found that 72% of UK businesses said they cannot say for sure that there is malpractice in their supply chain. Tesco and Morrisons both received 18 complaints from suppliers relating to potential breaches of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice in the past year, while Tesco admitted it is likely to have breached the code on a 'number of instances', meaning it could face sanctions from the Groceries Code Adjudicator.


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