Registration open for AFGC code training workshops

grocery, food., trolley, shoppingPlaces are still available to attend the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) comprehensive code training program and accreditation for food and grocery suppliers into the retail supermarket industry.

The program, delivered by NextGen, runs over a full day delivering a practical approach to all the code elements and obligations, centered on real world case studies, and explores all major issues that occur in the supplier / retailer commercial relationship.

The voluntary code prohibits specific types of unfair conduct by retailers and wholesalers in their dealings with suppliers and provides a clearer framework for these dealings.

It complements existing protections for suppliers under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, including the unconscionable conduct provisions. Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, and Sydney-based retailer, About Life, have signed up to the code, which came into effect in July 2015.

“The code training provides a great opportunity to ensure your business is best placed and ready to integrate the code into your contracts with trade partners,” said the AFGC.

“Successfully integrating the code across customer facing business functions will ensure its success. The AFGC in conjunction with Nextgen are providing training to suppliers into the Australian retail sector, both members of the AFGC and non-members.

“The training takes place over a full day and has been designed to appeal to those involved in the day to day management of retail accounts. The training is not a legal examination of the code, it is interactive and practical, providing detailed information on each of the core obligations and how best to integrate it within your business.”

The AFGC says there are five critical sections to the training program:

1. The role of the new Grocery Supply Agreement (GSA)

2. Code obligations and their intent and application i.e. waste and shrinkage, deductions, promotions etc.

3. The impact on the trading relationship

4. Consideration on how to manage the code in your day to day engagement with customers

5. Delegate assessment

Code training program will be run throughout 2015 with the following programs available:

Tuesday, October, 20 2015 in Sydney at Novotel Sydney Central
Thursday, October 22 2015 in Melbourne at The Doubletree by Hilton, Flinders St
Monday, November 16 2015 in Sydney at Novotel Sydney Central
Tuesday, November 17 2015 in Melbourne at The Doubletree by Hilton, Flinders St

To register to attend a program or for more information visit www.afgc.org.au

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