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15 March 2018

The Groceries Code Adjudicator has published the latest edition of ‘News from the Adjudicator’

There’s a reminder to take part in the groceries sector survey - the findings will help shape the GCA’s work programme for the year ahead and alert the GCA to emerging issues and developments. The survey is open until 22 April and you can respond at

You can also register to attend the Conference on 25 June.


Top Five Issues – payments for better positioning

The GCA has published an Addendum to the previously published response to her consultation on payments for better positioning to deal with retailers’ grocery sales online. This makes clear that the GCA will consider physical and virtual positioning of groceries in the same way when interpreting the Code and that retailers should consider whether their activities in relation to groceries for resale online are compliant with the Code.

Retailers are expected to make clear on their websites where goods not on promotion appear more visible to customers as a result of advertising paid for by a supplier or any payment received from a supplier to secure more space or better positioning.

As websites develop and increasingly complex consumer choice algorithms emerge, retailers should be able to demonstrate that they are minimising the risk of any breaches of the Code arising in this area, not just in relation to payments for better positioning of goods but in all relevant areas of the Code.

Suppliers should report to the GCA or to CCOs if they find they are directly or indirectly being required to make a payment to secure better positioning or increased allocation of space on a retailer’s website.

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