Sir; If it is true that Asda now terminates suppliers’ contracts with 12 weeks’ notice (‘Hard lines for suppliers’, The Grocer, January 21, p4), it is not surprising Andy Bond is upset that fewer and fewer suppliers are prepared to invest in Asda.
Why would they? Why would any supplier invest millions and employ hundreds of people knowing that Asda could move the business and close them down in 12 weeks? In fact, 12 weeks’ notice doesn’t even allow the supplier to comply with employment law, which requires 90 days’ notice of redundancy.
Any supplier about to make a substantial people