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Aldi wants to learn from the corona pandemic and prepare for further crises

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Aldi Süd is drawing lessons from the corona pandemic and wants to arm itself against future crises. The discounter wants to make its suppliers more responsible for this, reports the “Lebensmittelzeitung”. Aldi Süd is demanding a supply guarantee from some companies in order to be able to purchase more goods at short notice. Because the dealer does not want to risk empty shelves again due to hamster purchases.

Aldi wants more goods from manufacturers in the event of pandemics, war or social unrest

Aldi sets the framework conditions for the manufacturers: The prerequisite for making use of the supply guarantee is “that there are circumstances that objectively justify the assumption that the demand for the goods to be delivered by the seller will increase significantly in the short term,” says Aldi Süd, reports the “Lebensmittelzeitung”.

“Such circumstances are in particular pandemic, war or social unrest,” adds the discounter. If the dealer declares increased demand, the manufacturer should undertake to deliver between 130 and 150 percent of the otherwise agreed quantity for a period of three months. If the manufacturer does not comply with this agreement, he must pay compensation, according to the “Lebensmittelzeitung”.

Such a clause is controversial. Manufacturers in particular could thus face major challenges. A manager of an affected company made it clear to the “Lebensmittelzeitung”: “We are doing everything we can to supply the trade and we did well last year.” For him, Aldi’s demand went too far.

Another manager makes it clear that these are questions that need to be resolved in partnership. Aldi Süd is interested in fair solutions with the manufacturers: “Our suppliers should not suffer any unreasonable disadvantages through stocking.” However, Aldi wants to act primarily in the interests of its customers and to have a certain supply of particularly critical articles in certain product groups in the event of a crisis , reports the “Lebensmittelzeitung”.

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