Scottish co-operative Scotmid plans to operate sales-based ordering across all ambient, frozen, bread and milk lines by the end of October.

Chief executive Colin Bird said: “All our Semi-Chem stores have sales-based ordering. It has been set up in all stores for beers, wines, spirits and tobacco and is operational for ambient lines in all but 12 of 68 food stores.”

Scotmid has already rolled out sales-based ordering for frozen lines to 24 stores. It has also been tested on milk lines and is set to go live shortly.

Sales-based ordering for bread lines is being tested in Scotmid’s Pilrig store and the company is considering applying the system to fresh produce and dairy lines.

Bird added that Scotmid was “beefing up” its central office functions so it could have dedicated staff to monitor the progress of sales-based ordering.

He said Scotmid aimed to complete the roll-out programme some time in 2004. “We are seeing more availability in stores and are happy with our progress so far.”