Confex closes Central Distribution Centre amid crisis

Buying group Confex has been forced to suspend all activity of its Central Distribution Centre due to the coronavirus crisis.

In a letter to members, distribution director James Loffet explained that sales have reduced drastically since shutdown, with the company planning to reassess the situation once the Government removes the current restrictions on daily life.

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The Central Distribution Centre is a facility strategically situated in the Midlands in order to provide suppliers, who previously had a minimum drop policy, with significant economic advantages in delivering in bulk to it.

It allows Confex to provide members with the ability to order in smaller quantities than would be possible direct with the supplier – helping cash flow and stock planning in the process.

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Confex’s buying group operation runs as a separate business to the Central Distribution Centre and the company is currently running as normal apart from staff working from home. “We are focusing on digital and have four new members up and running with their own online ordering apps in just the last week,” explained marketing and HR director Jess Douglas.
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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Paul can be found on Twitter on @BW_PaulHill, or can be contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 020 7689 3376.

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