1. Business-to-Business unfair 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Product Safety Members of Independent Retail Europe are deeply committed to ensuring that only safe products are on the market. This is essential for their relationships with customers and their reputation.
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  5. European Retail Action Plan In its European Retail Action Plan, the European Commission acknowledges the importance of groups of independent retailers in the EU retail market.
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  • The Supply Chain Initiative – Year 2: Achievements and Perspectives

    The Supply Chain Initiative (SCI), an initiative aimed at promoting good trading practices in the food supply chain, publishes today its second Annual Report.


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  • Groups of independent retailers are paving the way to seamless multichannel

    Independent Retail Europe’s annual conference was a great success this year. Co-hosted with Spanish member association ANCECO, groups of independent retailers and associations representing independent retailers from across Europe met in Barcelona to network, share experiences and discuss the future direction of the sector.

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  • Did you know that Independent Retail Europe members directly employ nearly 5 million people?

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