Stationery wholesaler ACCO is adding a 2.5% freight levy to all items from August 1 this year. They are also deleting from that 2,100 SKUs from their inventory range. They are also focussing on a tight list of products they are targeting for competition with major stationery outlets.
Here is the letter from ACCO explains the freight decision and some of the challenges they have been dealing with around this.
ACCO are not alone in dealing with this challenge. I know of suppliers who have adjusted prices without an announcement while others have adjusted other fees, such as in-store freight.
The freight situation, for the reasons ACCO explain in their letter as well as others, is impacting everyone. There is no escaping it.