1. Digital Single Market Ensuring the competitiveness of groups of independent retailers in the context of the growing digital market is a key priority.
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  2. Business-to-Business trading practices Independent Retail Europe members are the final link in the supply chain to consumers and will be affected by the policy outcomes of discussions related to supply chain behaviour.
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  3. SME policy and entrepreneurship Independent Retail Europe member groups are composed of, or provide services to, independent SME retailers.
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  4. Horizontal and vertical operational flexibilty Certain types of agreements are indispensible to the functioning of groups of independent retailers. They have many pro-competitive effects, undoubtedly benefitting consumers.
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  5. Official Controls of Food and Feed As fees (potentially to be paid by supply chain operators) can be significant for groups of independent retailers, Independent Retail Europe advocates that Member States should adopt fee systems that are fair and affordable.
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  • Supply Chain Initiative appoints Independent Chair

    The Governance Group of the Supply Chain Initiative (SCI) is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Hutchings as its Independent Chair. This is a decisive step in strengthening the governance and impartiality of the Initiative, following up on a commitment made at the High-Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain last year. Mr Hutchings will bring enhanced impartiality and a keen eye to the work of the Initiative. He will help strengthen the dispute resolution mechanism, to make it work even better for all players in the supply chain.

    The press release is available here.

  • Claire Bury discusses digital future with Independent Retail Europe members

    At this year’s annual conference, Independent Retail Europe members discussed the digital progress as well as the transformation of the European retail sector and their impact on groups of independent retailers with Claire Bury from DG CONNECT and Alejandro Mondragón from GfK.

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  • Did you know that Independent Retail Europe (formerly known as UGAL) exists for more than 50 years?

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