The Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ Supplier Council brings together wholesalers, suppliers and their associates to examine the machinery of wholesale distribution and to improve the efficiency of the supply chain. The aim is to increase knowledge and co-operation by investigating, communicating and addressing the needs of each stakeholder – the brand owner, the distributor, the … Continue reading FWD’s Supplier Council
Easter holidays are one of the largest events of the year for food, second only to Christmas. The holiday not only allows Family gatherings but also extra time to shop in preparation for the Summer months ahead! The Easter period sees a strong increase to food and drink sales; in previous years, retailers enjoyed a … Continue reading What does Easter mean for Retail… ?
Spring Fair is Europe’s leading presentation of gift and home products and the largest exhibition in the UK. The show attracts a wide variety of buyers, from independents to high profiles multiple and department store buyers, with visitors from across the UK and abroad, visiting Spring Fair annually to source new stock and places orders. . Over 300,000 new … Continue reading Spring Fair 2016 at Birmingham NEC
Suze, our Marketing Manager, was bugging me for a caption for my avatar, so I said “keeping the hub spinning and the spokes clean”. Seemed quite simple, really… not too much blah blah blah. But scratch the surface of my new catch phrase and you discover a seam of truth. (Google it and you come … Continue reading Keeping the hub spinning and the spokes clean
In April, a new National Living Wage (“NLW”) of £7.20 per hour is being introduced for all employees over 25. For employees under 25, the Minimum wage (“MW”) of £6.70 will still apply. It is estimated that 1.9 million workers will have their hourly pay increased as a direct result of the change in the … Continue reading The impact of the National Living Wage
Having cleared out their last batch of red-and-green merchandise, retailers across the country are now stocked up on red and pink. Valentine’s Day can be one of the busiest holidays for retailers; many shoppers will make a last-minute dash to the stores for gifts. All retail business owners know that Valentine’s Day has become a … Continue reading Love is up for sale
Government has established ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) to implement the EU Energy Efficiency Directive all aimed at reducing carbon emissions and combating global warming. Conducting an ESOS energy assessment audit every 4 years is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. You wouldn’t immediately think that eXPD8 would be the … Continue reading ESOS – A load of hot air?
The Toy Fair is the only dedicated toy, games and hobby trade event in the UK. As a Mother of a 9 year old Son, I thought I was quite up-to-date with the world of toys… and then I entered this magical arena full of 200+ exhibitors displaying their best and latest toys and at … Continue reading A magical day at the Toy Fair 2016