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4. Order from Australia.
Cable Address :COMERCIO, SYDNEY.”
397, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET,
SYDNEY, 22nd January, 1898.
Alessrs. Baywood & Carling, Dewsbury.
ORDER from HOPWOOD GREEN & CO.
SHIP from London per P. & 0. or Orient Steamer on or about 22nd May, 1898.
MARK AND NUMBER HG 278, over Sydney. Measurements
of cases to be marked on cases and stated on Invoices. Pack in zinc-lined cases.
FREIGHT to be paid in London and charged to us.
Mail and Duplicates by the following mail. Also Invoice direct
on goods leaving the Factory. ALL DISCOUNTS AND ALLOWANCES to be shown on invoices to save Duty. Particulars of all charges to accompany
invoice. INSURANCE INSTRUCTIONS. Advise Messrs. Hopwood & Co.,
29, Gordon Street, London, E.C., as Agents for the Australian Insurance Company, of shipment, declaring invoice value of
goods and charges, with 15 per cent. added. SAMPLES. Three sets of patterns 8 x 5 and one set 12 x 5, flat
between cardboard, per post not later than April 21st. Put number on back of each pattern and enclose list of prices in the
packet. CUT } yard of each pattern, and enclose in case with goods. NOTE.—Quality, Colours, and Weft must be exact to sample
ordered, otherwise omit.
GOODS 6 pieces 54 in. Coatings, 65/68 yards at 2/1 per yard.
ASSORTMENT 1 piece each, patterns 3925, 3927, 3930, 3931, 3932, and 3935.
TERMS 60 d/s dft on delivery, less ?? per cent. discount.
5. Order from the Continent.
Order from REUTER & SOHN,
To Messrs. CHARLES STREET & Co.,
5 pieces 56/7 in. Coatings @ 3/6 per yard.
1 piece each pattern, 2430, 2432, 2425, 2431, and 2428. Terms :-Cash on delivery, less 37 per cent. discount.
Shipping Instructions. 1. Invoices in duplicate. 2. Two sets of 7 x 10 in. patterns of each design, marked with number
of piece. 3. Width in metres and centimetres (list included), and net weight in
kilogrammes, of each piece, to be noted on invoice. 4. Marine insurance to be effected by you. 5. To be shipped through Messrs. Thos. Wilson & Sons, Hull, via
2. EXECUTION OF THE ORDER.
When indents or orders are received, the first thing to be done is to ascertain whether they can be executed at the limits (i.e., the prices and terms) given. In some cases, such as indents for wellknown brands of biscuits, jams, pickles, tinned meats, soap, &c., no limits are given, it being understood that the makers' prices for the day are to be paid. In such cases orders are sent off at once to, say, Huntley & Palmers, Crosse & Blackwell, and so on. When limits are given, it has to be ascertained whether they are practicable. This necessitates the firm's buyer visiting different manufacturers or agents, seeing the goods or samples of them, and bargaining about the price. This being satisfactorily arranged, a written order is sent to each firm confirming the purchase made verbally. In these orders instructions are given as to the assortment of the goods, tickets (if any), packing, marks and numbers to be put on the packages, and generally the port or dock to which the goods are to be sent, and the name of the vessel and her destination. For example, indent No. 3 given above would be transmitted to the makers of the goods by orders somewhat similar to the following :
Order No. 324.
LONDON, 30th September, 1898.
To Messrs. CROSSE & BLACKWELL, LTD.,
MELVILLE BOOTH & CO.
10 Cases Assorted Jams 1 lb. tins (6 dozen) @ 3/9 per dozen.
324 Mark P
To be shipped per steamer “Malay” for Singapore, South West India Dock, sailing 7th October.
Order No. 329.
LONDON, 5th October, 1898.
To Messrs. DURAND & FILS,
MELVILLE BOOTH & CO.
50 Kegs Wire Nails, 112 lbs. each, @ 12/6.
Terms 5%, 30 days, F.O.B., Antwerp.
Ship from Antwerp, per steamer for Singapore, not later than 21st inst.
Order No. 325.
LONDON, 1st October, 1898. To Messrs. BROWN, PINKERTON & Co.,
MELVILLE BOOTH & CO.
50 Barrels Portland Cement, 400 lbs. @ 5/6.
" Bookman for Singapore, sailing 14th inst.
When the order is received by a merchant at the place where the goods are manufactured (for example, London, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, or Birmingham), the goods are bought direct from the manufacturer, generally by means of a personal interview ; but when the order is received by a London firm for goods manufactured elsewhere, copies of the orders are sent to the manufacturers by post, with forwarding instructions, &c., as mentioned above. In the case of piece goods, however, the goods are frequently bought through another merchant at the place of manufacture ; for instance, an order for cotton goods received by a London merchant might be forwarded to a merchant in Manchester, an order for woollen or worsted goods might be sent on to a merchant in Bradford. The reason for this is, that the London merchant, being at some distance from the place of production, cannot exercise the same supervision over the goods as a person on the spot. The latter therefore assumes all responsibility as regards the proper execution of the order, for it must be remembered that when once goods are shipped, the exporter (in the absence of special circumstances) loses his right to claim on the manufacturer should any imperfections be found in the goods. In case of such imperfections the local merchant is responsible to the London merchant, who in turn is liable to his foreign customer. The orders, whether sent direct to the manufacturer or to another merchant, are of course exact copies of those received, except that in some cases the price has to be modified in order that each merchant may secure his commission. Here is a copy of an actual order given to a provincial merchant by a firm of commission agents in London, for the goods specified in Indent No. 1 above :-
LONDON, August 5th, 1898.
ORDER from WM. THURSTON & CO.
4 Cases 54 in. Worsted Tweeds, 30/32 yards, each case containing
8 pieces =3.2 pieces.
wrapped in white cloth.
Marks and Numbers
WM. THURSTON & CO.
This order would be acknowledged by filling up a printed form as follows :
Bradford, 6th August, 1898.
Messrs. WM. THURSTON & Co.,
LONDON. DEAR Sirs,
We are in receipt of your Contract, No. B 727 dated 5/8/98 for
and hereby confirm the same.
HALLINGS & CO.
# Cases Wosted Tweeds