Smaller volume producers could benefit if they couldn't find distributors willing to take them on, as would small volume one-offs from large producers which might create a new market segment. Producers could still avail themselves of the economies of scale of distributors (or direct to big-box retailers if they wanted) for their large volume products.[/QUOTE]
I agree with this. I love the option of using a distributor, but I hate the requirement to do so. I may have gotten my knickers in a knot when someone condemned retailers for wanting to take advantage of the efficiency of distributors, but the regulations of the current system are crap.