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Retailer/Supplier Code of Practice 'Near Impossible' in Ireland, Says Retailer

Published on Jul 12 2011 8:38 AM in Retail

Retailer/Supplier Code of Practice 'Near Impossible' in Ireland, Says Retailer

Dunnes Stores, Ireland's second largest retailer has said that policing and enforcing a retailer - supplier code of practice (COP) in the country would be "well-nigh impossible", adding that any COP would be biased against retailers and exacerbate cross-stocking from overseas.

The Retail Intelligence newsletter reported on minutes from a meeting between Dunnes' Dick Reeves and COP facilitator John Travers, in which it was discussed how a 'satisfactory' voluntary code was unlikely to be achieved given the "difference in interests between retailers that operate in the Irish market".

Travers released a report last week in which it was claimed that no agreement could be reached on a voluntary code between the supply and retail sides of the industry (which were ultimately represented by IBEC groups FDII and Retail Ireland in the final negotiations). A consultation has been opened on a draft statutory code, which will close on September 1st. (12 Jul)

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