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Nine Highlights from the GSCOP Annual Conference 2019

Today was the Annual Groceries Supply Chain Practice Conference by the Groceries Code Adjudicator. Also known as the ‘GSCOP Annual Conference’. Christine Tacon’s final year. In her final-year, Christine is committed to working with each of the 12 large retailers. She continues to ensure that their practices, systems, and behaviours meet the obligations under the law. Christine believes that this is the best way to avoid breaches.

We have rounded up nine of the key highlights to take away from the GSCOP Annual Conference, below:

#1 The Supermarket Compliance Battle

Aldi won the supermarket compliance battle for 2019 and B&M were the worst. Morrisons, Lidl and Iceland went backwards a little, becoming less compliant. Asda improved by 8ppts.

GSCOP Annual Conference, Code assessment

#2 Forensic Auditing Concerns Reduce

In 2014 the main concern was ‘Forensic Auditing’ with 45% of suppliers reporting a concern. It is now only 7% in 2019.

#3 Recent Investigations and Case Studies

In the last 12 months, Tesco and Co-op were investigated. Plus case studies produced by the GCA now total 5. You can read about those case studies.

#4 Progress on Top Issues

There are 9 Top Issues from Suppliers and all made progress. Of most concern was Forensic Auditing, Consumer Complaints, and then Margin Maintenance, respectively.

#5 Key Trends

The most significant trend highlighted at the GSCOP annual conference was a reduction from 79% to 41% in ‘Experienced an issue’.

#6 Supply Agreements Still Lagging

Half of all suppliers still do not have a written supply agreement. Do you know what should be included?

GSCOP Annual conference, Written supply agreements

#7 GSCOP Supplier Training Still Low

Still only half of all suppliers have received training on the code.

#8 Recommendations From the Co-op Investigation

The investigation into Co-op led to these recommendations by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA), Christine Tacon.

#9 New Graphics

The new logo launched at the GSCOP annual conference by the GCA to support Code awareness:

GSCOP Annual conference, new logo

Presentations from the GSCOP Annual Conference

The slides above can also be seen with many other slides from the presentations that were delivered today at the GCA conference. There were 4 presentations at the Groceries Supply Code of Practice Annual Conference. You can download them below. The links for the slides follow the presentation videos:

Christine Tacon: Driving effective compliance risk management – Annual Review 2018/19:

Driving Effective Compliance Risk Management – 14 slides.

Gavin Ellison (YouGov): GCA Annual Survey 2019:

YouGov GCA Annual Survey 2019 – 23 slides.

Christine Tacon: Driving effective compliance risk management:

Driving Effective Compliance Risk Management – 25 slides.

Michael Hutchings: The Supply Chain Initiative – Tackling unfair trading practices in the EU:

Tackling Unfair Trading Practices in the EU – 13 slides.

You can also find these presentations and Christine’s words on the .gov.uk webpage.

GSCOP Training

If you are feeling exposed because you do not have a written supply agreement, check out our GSCOP training course. Also, take a look at our GSCOP book to ensure you are GSCOP compliant.


For further tips and information, you can take a look at our Ultimate Guide to GSCOP and our GSCOP YouTube Channel. Also, check out our award-winning blog to see more tips and articles.

Darren A. Smith

About Darren A. Smith

Darren has been working in the world of UK Supermarkets & Suppliers for over 25 years. He began his career as a buyer at big 4 UK supermarkets and after 13 years he decided to leave to set-up Making Business Matter because he wanted to help suppliers and supermarkets to work better together.

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