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08 October 2021, 15:04

Lukashenko: Belkoopsoyuz can compete with chain stores in work with suppliers

MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies Belkoopsoyuz can compete with chain stores in the work with suppliers, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the general meeting of the Belarusian National Union of Consumer Societies Belkoopsoyuz on 8 October, BelTA informs.

“The formation of a unified system of wholesale purchase remains an important task for consumer societies. From 5% to 10% of added value can be lost in this segment. You know my attitude to unjustified mediators,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

Such a system has been created on the basis of a wholesale and logistics center. This center should serve as the single operator in the work with Belarusian manufacturers.

“However, this work has not been finished yet. I am told that suppliers use different approaches to the provision of discounts to consumer societies and large chain stores. As a result, prices are different. I want to warn you that you are playing with fire. I want the trade minister and the vice premier who are attending this meeting to pay attention to the matter,” the head of state said. “Look at what trade networks are doing. They virtually dictate their terms to suppliers and have an aggressive pricing policy. What are you doing? Every structure is a separate purchaser. You even compete with each other. You need to join efforts. Please remember that Belkoopsoyuz is the largest trade network in the country.”

According to the president, it is time to walk the talk. “The project should be competed in a year. I will not return to this topic again,” Aleksandr Lukashenko warned. He instructed Chairman of the State Control Committee Vasily Gerasimov to keep an eye on these issues.

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