Some supermarket buyers have never heard of the code of trading practice, according to The Grocer's Reader Panel survey this week (page 28). And as well as ignorance among buyers, it is clear the code has had little impact at supermarket head offices. In our survey, 62% of buyers said the code had not affected the way they did business as most believed they were already following best practice. However, 77% agreed the code was needed. Many were critical of the policies contained in the code, labelling them "a vague list of recommendations". And one said it had added complexity to negotiation for the sake of it, "bringing us close to requiring legal help at times, actually further punishes small suppliers who cannot afford to do so". {{NEWS }}