In Tesco’s results briefing on 10 January, CEO Dave Lewis confirmed there are plans to use its warehouses as well as Booker’s to stockpile goods.
“We’ve worked through every single category in the big-volume lines and built deliberate plans for each of them,” he said. “We’ll use our network and their network as appropriate as we develop into the end of March. It’s good quality, rational planning.”
Lewis added, however, this isn’t happening yet: “We sat down with each individual supplier and decided what, if any, stock might be needed and where it might be kept and maintained.” Booker refused to offer more detail. Space shortage is a big reason why other wholesalers aren’t doing the same.
Sugro’s managing director, Neil Turton, noted: “Ninety per cent of our membership is delivered wholesale, but we’ve heard nothing about wholesalers saving goods to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.”