Welcome to the Winter 2012 issue of Wholesale Manager. As 2011 turns into 2012, we hope you’ve had a successful last twelve months. We also hope you’ve had the chance to grab a break from your business during the holiday season, and are ready for the year ahead!

In this issue we’ve got features on Ethnic Food & Drink and Household, two key categories in the independent retail sector.

Over the decades Indian food, the biggest success story in UK Ethnic Food & Drink, has crossed over from the Asian community into the mainstream, and the major brands are in the Premiership of grocery food and drink brands. Below them are a host of other products at different stages in the transition from ‘incoming ethnic’ to mainstream crossover, including recent incoming foods such as Polish. And all represent a major opportunity for Britain’s wholesalers and cash & carries to capitalise on the continuing growth in ethnic food and drink.

Household takes in a host of product categories, including springcleaning. As the gloomy winter days draw to a close, it just needs a few minutes’ sunshine to send Brits rushing for cloths and buckets and going on a cleaning spree. And cleaning products are enjoying increased demand, thanks to the spending squeeze.

Our feature on The Warehouse takes a look at the engine room driving every wholesale business. In our current tough climate, reducing operating costs is a sure way for wholesalers and cash & carries to protect their profitability. Whether you’re a delivered wholesaler or a cash & carry operator, one of the most effective ways to improve the profitability of your business is to improve the efficiency of your warehouse operations, with the help of your warehouse equipment suppliers.

Here’s to an enjoyable winter, and successful trading.

James Surridge,

Publishing Editor,

Wholesale Manager


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