The NFRN is to take “an explosive document” to the Competition and Market’s Authority (CMA) on 11 April detailing problems with the newspaper and magazine supply chain, which includes its recent dispute with wholesaler Menzies.

The dispute came after bad weather hampered delivery to more than 17 newsagents who must honour payment of carriage charges despite not receiving orders.

“Refusing to do so is yet another example of the abuse retailers suffer on a daily basis at the hands of their news suppliers,” said NFRN president Linda Sood.  

In the NFRN’s document, it will urge the CMA to investigate the supply chain, warning that more independent retailers may give up on the category.

Read the full column from the NFRN.