The NFRN has welcomed a restructure at Menzies Distribution, saying that this reaffirms the news wholesaler’s commitment to the news supply chain.
Under the move, a newstrade business unit has been created, with Grant Jordan, the news wholesaler’s general manager newstrade, becoming managing director.
Responding to the news, NFRN National President Narinder Randhawa said: “We are pleased to hear about this business restructure at Menzies and congratulate Grant Jordan on his promotion. Such a move demonstrates that Menzies remains committed to the news industry.”
Mr Randhawa continued: “The NFRN and its members have worked closely with Grant for many years, in his roles at Menzies and also as he is a key figure within the Press Distribution Forum (PDF).
“Grant has also been a frequent guest at our Annual Conference and he presented at our event last October so he understands the NFRN and appreciates the challenges and issues we face, as well as the need for a timely supply of newspapers and magazines.”
Mr Randhawa concluded: “We look forward to meeting with Grant shortly to hear more about his plans.”
Setting out the reasons behind the restructure, Menzies Distribution chief executive Greg Michael said this would enable the company to “build on our dedicated focus on best in class service and customer satisfaction for all our customers, across all our markets.”
In a letter to the NFRN, he added: “Grant and the team will continue to focus on delivering our newstrade solution for our retail, publisher and distributor partners.”
Mr Michael added that this move was “another critical milestone in Menzies’ growth story,” whilst promising: “On a day-to-day basis there will be absolute business continuity, with no change to existing relationships.”