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The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Trading Partner Forum (TPF) is pleased to announce the release of the Common Delivery Guidelines, a free downloadable tool for industry.

The Common Delivery Guidelines provide a standard approach to requirements for suppliers delivering into retail/wholesale distribution centres.

Project Lead Mr John Cawley said that the Guidelines focus specifically on delivery conditions for which clear, unambiguous agreement has been reached across major retailers and wholesalers, for common requirements regarding Trade Units, Logistics Units/Pallets, Advance Shipping Notifications (ASNs) and Delivery on Time (DOT).

“Suitable for deliveries into ALL Coles, Metcash and Woolworths distribution centres the guidelines provide guidance to suppliers to ensure they are in the best position to have product receipted smoothly and without the impediments and rework that can be caused by product, process and equipment.”

“The direction provided by the guidelines are consistent across Coles, Metcash or Woolworths, and the requirements are no more onerous to suppliers than currently, said Mr Cawley.

“This Project will continue to develop ways of improving supply chain efficiencies and will continue to deliver member services by developing toolkits and advice to achieve this objective,” concluded Mr Cawley.

The toolkit is freely available here.


The Trading Partner Forum (TPF) is a forum of the AFGC. It is a joint supplier and retailer body representing the Australasian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and supermarket retail industry. The mission is to bring together the industry and pursue business practices that contribute to greater supply chain efficiency.

To find out more about the TPF click here.

AFGC Media Contact: James Mathews 0407 416 002