Grocery Codes Adjudicator looks at payment for positioning

by Tim Mudge

Grocery Code Adjudicator consults retail supply industry on payment for positioning.

Following her investigation into Tesco plc, the GCA announced a consultation on the proper scope of indirect requirements for payment to secure better positioning of goods or increased shelf space within a store (paragraph 12 of the Code). The GCA is aware of a range of practices relating to such payments and would like to know more about them and their impact on direct suppliers. This consultation is not an investigation, but an opportunity to constructively influence the GCA’s work in this area.

Responses will help the GCA understand how widespread these practices are, what forms they take, their impact on suppliers and their effect on competition and consumer choice. The GCA will then determine the proper scope of paragraph 12. In doing so, the GCA can only take account of the views submitted in response to the consultation. It is therefore important to ensure that all views are represented, including from those who are content with the way things operate now.

Confidentiality will be maintained in accordance with section 18 of the GCA Act and Part 9 of the Enterprise Act, which give additional protection to those usually available to responses to public consultations under the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act. There will be no published list of respondents to this consultation.

You can access the consultion document by clicking here

It is also possible to dowbload the form or write to the GCA on this matter.