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Smiths News are sending out a letter to all news retailers detailing their plans amid the current fuel crisis. The letter will be arriving in all news retailers’ tote boxes tomorrow (29 September 2021)

The letter reads:

Impact of petrol shortages at filling stations

We have been working closely with all our partners in the supply chain to ensure that access to fuel does not impact our ability to distribute newspapers and magazines to our customers.

Where we have identified runs at risk, or geographical areas of concern, we have put plans in place to keep deliveries going out as normal.

Whilst our hope is that supplies become more readily available over the course of this week, we have agreed to provide some flexibility to publishers, and for ourselves, on inbound deliveries to our depots over the coming week. One aspect of this is that we will not re-run any newspaper products delivered up to 15 minutes after our agreed inbound cut off time.

We have agreed with publishers this will remain in place up to and including 4 October. The situation is under constant review and, if it improves dramatically, we will ask for the flexibility to be removed early.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Williams

Interim Head of Retail

Click here to view the letter.


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