Landmark Wholesale could launch its own delivery service for ambient goods.

The group will carry out a feasibility study to determine whether members would benefit from having products delivered to them via a third-party provider rather than making their own distribution agreements with suppliers.

"We have offered this service on chilled, frozen and toiletry lines for years but we have never needed it for ambient," said managing director Martin Williams. "As suppliers increase minimum orders, there could be a demand for it now."

A central distribution service for ambient products would put Landmark in line with key rival Nisa-Today's, which offers central distribution across all categories.

But where Nisa-Today's owns its own depot in Scunthorpe, Landmark said it had no plans to buy a depot.

Williams also revealed that Landmark is to roll out its data gathering system to all its members. The system allows suppliers to see 'sales out data' from wholesale members to their retailer and caterer customers.

"We will be the only buying group to have this system across all our members and it puts us head and shoulders above the competition," Williams claimed.