David Boothby

David Boothby

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution has appointed David Boothby as its new head of vending.

Boothby joined Blakemore Wholesale Distribution, which forms part of the AF Blakemore Group, last month, and has more than 20 years’ experience across the vending sector.

“I am delighted to join AF Blakemore at this stage of the company’s evolution and am committed to placing the customer at the heart of everything we do,” said Boothby.

“Integral to this will be a review of the way we service our customers via technology and the creation of new approaches towards online ordering and e-commerce.”

Boothby said the importance of establishing a comprehensive one-stop solution would play a central role in his future strategy.

“We want to be the number one choice for vending operators in the supply of both consumables and associated ancillary products,” he added. “It is great to be part of a family-run business with strong values, and a core element of this culture is to develop strong partnerships across the supply chain for the benefit of customers.”

James Russell, Blakemore Wholesale Distribution MD, commented: “David brings huge experience and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the vending market, which will complement our expertise in impulse and play a pivotal role in helping us deliver our vision as the go-to partner for all vending operators. The vending and automated retailing industry is worth in excess of £1bn, and continuing to grow and evolve.”