CO-OPS. AND TRAAPORT RATIONALIZATION
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AT a meeting in Glasgow last week, the Sottish SectionalBoard of the Co-operative Union decided to call a , national conference to discuss the rationalization of transport. The conference will be held in Glasgow on January 24, and'all Scottish retail societies have been invited to send delegates.
This decision was taken following a meeting of the Sectional Board and Cooperative Conference Associations at teith. when Mr: R. W. Leckie, secretary of the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, proposed that a special emergency conference be called to give a lead to the Conference Associations, which could then deal with the problem in the various areas. Mr.*Leckie emphasized that action must be taken immediately. They could lay down the principle that co-operative goods must be delivered by coop4rative vehicles.
Mr. If. M. Steel, a director of the Wholesale Society, said that from experience in wholesale food distribution they had learned that where the transport was organized gongs proper lines the various ministries were not disposed to interfeee, 'and if the retair societies would get together and present a watertight system then there was a chance that distribution of co-operative foodstuffs would be left in their own hands.
Mr. Neil S. Beaton, president of the Wholesale Society, stated that it was an issue that must be faced by the retail movement, as many societies were overlapping and going into each others districts.