In July 2021 I received an email…
“Just to make you aware we are prewarning all of our customers of a huge lack of HGV drivers in Europe and the UK which is affecting ourselves. We are advising (you) to keep stock in to cover in case of a delay in your delivery.
As much as we will try not to let our customers down, we are just asking… to keep in mind. Due to this, from 1 July our order minimum has been raised to £300. Sorry for any inconvenience.”
BIimey, I can’t believe this supplier had just doubled their minimum order from £150 to £300!
They were trying to persuade me to take more produce, to order greater quantities, take it early, take loads…
The problem is that I am a small producer – a single hander. There are plenty of us, we are small and we don’t have so many places that we can store all this food we are now expected to buy twice as much of.
But then they didn’t have it anyway:
“We do not currently have any stock of… And I have not put them on backorder as we do not expect them to be here until 2022″