W H Smith and Bertrams warn small publishers

<p>Small publishers have been dealt a double blow as W H Smith announced plans to cut its base of direct suppliers, while wholesaler Bertrams said it would not stock titles that failed to meet supply chain standards. W H Smith is to reduce the number of suppliers delivering direct to its Swindon warehouse, in a move that mirrors Waterstone's shift in strategy in 2001. Cathy Ferrier, WHS director of books, said buying deals would still be made with small presses, but their titles would be supplied through wholesalers THE and Gardners.</p><p> Norwich-based Bertram Books issued an ultimatum to...

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