Fopp puts a hold on book supply

Fopp puts a hold on book supply

<p>Music, books and DVD retailer Fopp has told publishers to cease supplying it with book stock. In an email sent to about 20 publishers and book suppliers today (14th June), the retailer instructed them to cancel any orders for new and backlist titles. It blamed &quot;unforseen circumstances&quot; for the cancellation. However, a Fopp spokesman told <em>The Bookseller</em> that it was a temporary measure as the chain moved warehouses.</p><p>The email, sent to publishers on behalf of book manager Sarah Callaghan, stated: &quot;It is with regret that I need to instruct you to immediately cancel any dues you have recorded for Fopp; including new titles we have placed pre-orders for prior to publication and any backlist range replenishments.&quot; Publishers contacted by <em>The Bookseller</em> expressed surprise at the development.</p><p>The Fopp spokesman stated: &quot;We manage nearly all of our books supply via a warehouse in Bristol. We are moving this warehouse function to new and much larger warehouse facility in Stockport. During this period of transition we don&#39;t want any new stock arriving at either of the warehouses. Therefore, our book buyer, has merely cancelled outstanding orders until they are required and has already contacted her suppliers to explain the situation.&quot;</p><p>Fopp celebrated its 25th anniversary as an independent retailer last year, after starting life as a market stall in Glasgow. It operates 46 stores across the UK. In February, it bought the 67 stores owned by rival retailer Music Zone after the chain went into administration.</p>