Welcome to the Autumn issue of Wholesale Manager. Here we are heading for the fourth quarter. It’s been a strange old year, with the long winter, the late spring and the blazing summer. Here’s to a sunny autumn before the fog and snow start up again!
In this issue we update you on the latest industry news, along with stories from a host of suppliers. We have exclusive features on Dairy and Big Night In, plus our regular ‘The Warehouse’ section.
Speaking of which, the British Industrial Truck Association says demand for warehouse trucks in the wholesale and distribution sector has nearly recovered to pre-recession levels, an indicator that things are looking up for this part of the economy. The latest Close Brothers Business Barometer supports this forecast, saying 36% of respondents in wholesale and distribution expect their business to expand in the next year.
There’s a lot of noise about e-cigarettes and e-liquids these days, and they enjoy much more of a presence in retail, in particular convenience outlets and forecourts. With so many products on the market, the only guarantee of quality for delivered wholesalers and cash ‘n’ carries to ensure they offer their retail customers the best possible range, is to buy from a reliable and reputable supplier. Liberty Flights are now giving cash ‘n’ carries and delivered wholesalers the chance to profit from this fast growing market by selling a selection of their proven, high quality products. Established in 2009 Liberty Flights is one of the leading specialists in e-cigarettes and e liquid, and recognised by customers throughout the world as one of the best suppliers in the industry. You can find out more about Liberty Flights on our front page and in our exclusive interview.
It’s tough being young and trying to find work. The IGD is bringing the food and grocery industry together during September to give out of work 16-24 year-olds pre-employment training during its Skills for Work Month. The initiative builds on last year’s Skills for Work Week, which reached out to thousands of young unemployed people.
According to the IGD, numerous food and drink-related companies will be offering site visits for young people to find out about the jobs on offer, learn how to enhance their CV and practise being interviewed. As well as doing some talent spotting, there is the chance for employers to give something back to the local community. Wholesalers involved in this praiseworthy initiative are understood to include Appleby Westward, Blakemore, Booker, Brakes, Compass and Musgrave. It’s important to keep the momentum up after the Skills for Work Month ends. If you’re doing something in your business to give youngsters a start, tell us!