The future picture of how wholesalers will use the internet to cut costs out of their specific supply chain is a major feature of the annual conference of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. The event, at the Celtic Manor, Newport, on April 15/16, includes a paper on OFSCI, the Optimum Food Service Supply Chain Initiative, designed jointly by FWD and FDF, which has a target of slashing £450m from chain costs. Booker Cash & Carry will give a paper on total electronic trading known as vendor managed inventory (VIM), based on new style partnerships, and FDF director general Sylvia Jay will outline new federation strategies and the link to wholesalers. The afternoon business session covers the Everyday Impulse initiative, which will reveal new retail ideas and ACNielsen will present its updated market analysis. Other speakers include Landmark marketing director Ron Colley on online developments, Ram Gidoomal will speak on ethnic marketing issues, Julian Hunt, editor (designate) of The Grocer, on the role of the trade media, and Wilf Pearce, trading director of 3663, on how his company is expanding into retail. {{NEWS }}