Garden centres' late ordering causes costs to rise

Incoming Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) president DLF-Trifolium Johnsons Lawn Seed sales manager Spencer Goodall has said costs are rising because of late ordering by garden centres.

Goodall, who takes over at GIMA from Gardman marketing director Jane Lawler this month, said one of the biggest problems this spring had been just-in-time ordering, which had led to big increases in overtime costs. People are ordering later and carrying less stock to help cash flow, he added.

"Orders are coming through now - it's gone daft," he added. " But we'd like garden centres to order better in pre-season. Then we wouldn't be in the big overtime situation we are now because the warehouse shelves are empty.

"There's extra costs for temporary staff, but that's the nature of the business today. It's the same with the compost companies."

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