Trading rules and accounting checks foil buyer bribery at Ikea
A small supplier, and the retail buyers who accepted his commissions, have paid a high price for giving privileged access to prized retail contracts.
Big store chains have long received ‘slotting fees’ from some suppliers for the privilege of premium shelf space. While the ethics of the practice have been questioned, its legality is not challenged. But when he paid additional fees in return for getting food and kitchen hardware items into retailer Ikea, Adam Hauxwell-Smith triggered an internal company investigation which led to a crown court prosecution.