Yorkshire-based cash and carry Batleys has been conducting low key trials of a delivered wholesale service for several months, revealed MD Len McCormick.

“Cash and carry is not growing as fast as delivered wholesale and we are not going to bury our heads in the sand as the market changes around us,” he said. “We’ve got to look at all possibilities. The service is available from four of our depots, and we’ll take a decision on whether to roll it out shortly."

The company has developed a computer programme to process delivered orders, and would develop dedicated picking centres - along the lines of Booker’s new delivery hubs - if the service is rolled out.

Separately, Batleys is still on the acquisition trail and has earmarked a site in the south to add to its 18-strong C&C portfolio.