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Wednesday
16
August
2017

The roads are paved with good intentions

What does the future of distribution look like? At the recent FWD conference there was a lot of talk about drones, robot couriers, electric vehicles and even good old-fashioned bicycles delivering not only to stores and restaurants, but also direct to homes and businesses.

There
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Wednesday
12
July
2017

Change creates opportunity and creativity

At last month’s FWD conference we heard some straight talking about the current challenges and opportunities in wholesale. It’s certainly a time of great change, but that is by no means a bad thing. Change creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes creativity.

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Monday
10
July
2017

A weak government works for us, not us for them

As a trade association that can trace its roots back almost 100 years, we’re well aware of the power of a coalition. Competing parties coming together for the benefit of everyone, with no dominant players and all interests represented in decision making; that’s precisely how
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Thursday
18
May
2017

In for the long run

All of us in this industry know that we are involved in a marathon rather than a sprint. It’s a curious kind of race, one where we can’t see the finish line and don’t always know the route. We may sometimes have to accept we have gone the wrong way, and be prepared to
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Thursday
20
April
2017

Three main concerns for Brexit - and how we can fix them

Nearly a year has passed since a majority of the UK decided our national interest was best served outside the EU, but now the starting gun has been finally been fired on Brexit, the real work begins for FWD, the wholesale sector’s representative in that important process.


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Monday
13
March
2017

Why we’ve fought to change the law on how we sell alcohol

After the end of this month all trade buyers of duty-paid alcohol will have to check they are buying from a registered wholesaler. It’s the first time that the supply chain of beers, wines and spirits has been regulated in this way, and it’s something which FWD welcomes. In
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Thursday
16
February
2017

Cradle to grave, we’re there for you

Back in the 1980s there used to be a popular bumper sticker that you would see in school car parks: “If you can read this, thank a teacher”.

It was a simple but powerful message from a group of professionals whose contribution was often overlooked, and who at the tim
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Wednesday
25
January
2017

So what will Brexit serve up?

It’s fair to say that we’re really in a pre-Brexit world right now, with much of the real work ahead.  Whilst we may feel that we are leading our businesses in a climate of ambiguity at the moment, there are ways in which we can get ahead of the game and challenges we n
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Friday
9
December
2016

Gold Medals show the value of investment in talent

Our Gold Medals Awards dinner is one of the best events in the FWD calendar, not just because it’s a huge celebration for all our members and the suppliers they work with over the course of the year, but also because it gives us a chance to recognise and reward outstanding individ
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Monday
21
November
2016

We’ve got the industry talking and the Government listening

Well, where have the last three years gone? It’s hard to believe such a long period of time has passed since I wrote my first Chairman’s blog. What started as a two-year stint for me was extended to three when I was honoured to be asked to stay for an extra year.

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Monday
17
October
2016

Choppy waters as we drift away from Europe

This summer has seen a period of unprecedented political and economic upheaval and the one thing we can be sure of in a rapidly-changing trading environment is that things are going to get more complicated before they get any easier.

As the great ship HMS Brexit trundles slowly
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