Consulting

Online Grocery Shopping; eCommerce Solutions

HometownGrocers.com

We provide valuable products and services to retailers, not just the hype of our competitors. We deliver genuine retailer value and true labor savings while increasing sales, not just words on a page. We deliver a smart solution at a fair price point, not just a lot of talk about how smart our solution is. We have everything our competitors have and much, much more. 30% of U.S. consumers are technology-averse or impaired.   We understand you still want to sell them groceries.  We do, too. We provide the tools to sell groceries to 100% or your customers.  Our competitors don’t. Customers can buy groceries from your store using: PC or MAC Tablets or any other web enabled device Their Smartphones Our toll-free staffed call-center (that 30% of your customers we just mentioned) You want your customers to have the same experience online as they have in your store. Again, so do we. That’s why our products will allow your customers to: Pay with food stamp benefits (EBT), credit and debit cards, personal checks and gift cards Build, view and order from their list of frequently purchased items or Last Order Enter manufacturer coupons during current order View and order from your digital circular (one of many circular formats we offer) Multiple methods of easily understood navigation: images, text and brands Build, modify and save their recipes and order the ingredients with a single click. View nutritional information, warnings, product descriptions and manufacturer information. Search for items using keyword, UPC or 24 different product attributes (gluten-free, etc.) View personal savings in your current circular based on purchase history Opt-in to email campaign that shows their personal savings and includes a link to your site Easily access all store specials (TPRs, Manager Specials, etc.) Easily continue shopping across multiple devices without losing order progress Access toll-free technical support 365 days including holidays (for consumers and retailers) Pay the price they see online. We maintain price integrity for the whole shopping experience. These are some among many features and benefits available to your customers through HTG, but we didn’t stop there. Loyalty program We have relationships with several loyalty providers and can integrate to your system seamlessly. Homegrown? No problem. We have our own loyalty program that supports six price-tiers per item per store. Percent off, dollar off, pay-with-points…however you want it to work is how we’ll set it up. Promo Codes Set up on demand. Want to advertise your specials? We’ll set up promo codes for you. Potent Cross-Merchandising With our unique cross-merchandising feature, you can hang all the digital clip-strips you want in your digital aisles. We offer an entry level, minimum-fee solution. Start selling groceries half an hour after you sign up online. We also have a flat-rate robust, mature solution that will provide additional sales channels and growth opportunities for years to come. HometownGrocers.com’s Express Shopper, a digital dashboard, is our order fulfillment feature that was designed for individuals with limited computer knowledge, to process multiple online grocery orders easily and simultaneously.  Express Shoppers features include: Minimizing store labor by allowing store personnel to shop, bag and checkout up to ten orders at one time in the store's aisles.  Reduces the total labor involved in the order fulfillment process to an average of fifteen minutes per order.  Saves the labor cost of baggers and checkers by eliminating the need to check orders out through the store's point of sale equipment.  Automatically updates the store’s inventory and accounting information in the store's point of sale and/or corporate systems.  Design to protect against sweet-hearting Integrates easily with the store's bookkeeping procedures and supports GAAP accounting disciplines.  Eliminates “bait and switch pricing” by assuring full price integrity for consumers.  Protects from governmental agencies that assess fines for price switching. Provides complete order information to customers.  If an item is substituted or is out of stock, notes are printed on the customer's receipt informing the customer what has occurred with the item.  Notes on the customer’s receipt indicate the savings for items on special and any electronic store- or manufacturer-coupons the customer received.  Conveniently identifies ingredient items for the recipes the customer ordered. Eliminates customers' concerns regarding why they did, or did not, receive an item.  Saves labor costs by eliminating customers' telephone calls to store to receive an explanation of their order. Has a "walk before run" concept that allows stores to start inexpensively. As the order volume grows, stores may add devices that increase efficiency and are cost effective.  The Express Shopper process initially starts with a paper-picking document.  As order volume grows, the store may choose to graduate to the ExpressPOS (Tablet) and hands-free scanners. Request a full demo to see why HTG is the clear choice for your ecommerce needs.   +MORE

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Inbound and Outbound Communication and Sales Solutions

West Corporation

STAND OUT WITH A BETTER BUYING EXPERIENCE You want people to buy (and continue buying) from your business, and we know that nothing inspires brand loyalty more than exceptional customer service. In a consumer-driven market, intelligent containment and communication solutions can help you deliver multi-channel care that lives up to your brand’s reputation throughout the buying process — from promotion and purchase, to loyalty programs and account management, to shipping and satisfaction guarantees. High-touch. High impact. High visibility. Low cost. You’ll empower representatives to deliver high-touch customer service where it matters most, and simplify and speed up interactions across the board. West has decades of experience analyzing the customer journey and data points to build inbound and outbound communication solutions that cater to specific challenges while dramatically reducing the costs of service. We’ll help you innovate, relate, respond and truly connect with the people who keep your business in business. Make your brand available for self-service inquiries about order status, store hours and more — 24/7, even during peak sales seasons Streamline customer identification and authentication, and improve first-contact resolution Save on inbound care costs by delivering well-timed order confirmations, delivery notifications and more  Prepare and deliver scheduled or ad hoc campaigns across customers’ preferred channels Increase sales with personalized promotions, informed by purchase history and demographic trends Mitigate fraud risk by protecting buyers’ personal information, payment data and call recordings Gather and honor any array of customer preferences, from centralized to store-level functions Readily reply to customers on the channels they choose Minimize stress on your IT department, and provide more meaningful information about each transaction Optimize call flows and outbound campaigns using customer data, market trends and voice of the customer Connect with customers more often, more quickly. Increase productivity in your business center. Deliver consistency, convenience and joy. Improve your market perception and reap ROI. +MORE

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Analytics, Advisory & Executive Education

RetailNet Group LLC

Analytics: The best analytics source in the industry. Nobody gives you a better view of the drivers shaping the future of retail, and then translates them into the real implications for your business. You'll get exactly what you need in the fewest steps and have immediate access to leading analysts who will help see the future retail landscape – and the best ways to prepare for change. Advisory: From insights to impact. Our Advisory practice produces answers to your business questions. Global, forward-looking perspective of factors shaping the industry. We help to translate a vision of the future landscape into steps to take today. Get the right capabilities and resources in place to capitalize on growth opportunities. Executive Education: Bringing the future to your organization. We don't just teach — we turn executives into experts. Our professional and organizational development programs offer advanced classes from leading retail experts and business school faculty. The result is real-world insights that serve as a catalyst for exciting new business transformations. You'll also have the unique opportunity to network with retail and brand thought leaders. +MORE

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Sales, Marketing & Consulting

F&M Merchant Group

Since 1999, F&M has worked with everyone from Fortune 100 Companies to new, emerging brands to gain placement on store shelves in Grocery, Drug, C-Store and Mass. We become your national sales team, establishing a direct relationship between you and our valued retail partners. With over 140 years in combined experience on our team in the roles of Retail Vice Presidents, Grocery, Drug and C-Store Buyers, Store Layout/Design Executives and Manufacturer’s National Sales Executives, F&M Merchant Group partners with a select & limited number of manufacturers to drive retail placement and sales. +MORE

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Consulting

Burke Gillis Juliano Group

When it comes to entrée to the retail chain and its executives, industry intelligence, and connections to the C-Suite, the Burke Gillis Juliano Group provides incomparable influence to meet the challenges of today's global marketplace. The company's three principals represent a unique confluence of thought leadership and innovation, with a depth and range of experience that they use to successfully address all and any challenges and initiatives involved in the retail, distribution and supplier sides of the business. The firm provides guidance for clients in every stage in the life cycle of their clients' organizations, brands and initiatives. No matter how complex, how unprecedented or how international the challenge, the Burke Gillis Juliano Group delivers not only exceptional solutions, but uniquely, the means to implement them.  +MORE

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Strategic Consulting

Acosta Sales & Marketing

Backed by more than 250 years of combined consumer packaged goods experience encompassing strategy consulting, brand management, sales, market research, advanced analytics, and category management, Strategic Advisors consultants provide shopper research, advanced analytics and advisory services to  brands and retailers in four areas. +MORE

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Research, Identify and Connect with Innovative Technology Companies

Venture Scanner, Inc.

The rate of innovation is exploding, and it’s more important now than ever before to stayup to date. Venture Scanner specializes in helping you to understand complex startupecosystems. Sector Scans We can provide you with a Venture Scanner account to access a comprehensive scan of any sector. The sector scan is a web-based report that includes the following: -Landscape of categories and companies to help you make sense of an overall sector ecosystem -Data on companies (summaries, funding, team, etc.) with our scoring to allow you to analyze the sector and prioritize companies. You can also export the data into a CSV file for further analysis -Continuous coverage that is updated daily by our technology and analysts to help you track the latest companies, data, and insights -If you’re looking to quickly get up to speed on a specific sector and persistently monitor a space, then our sector scan is the solution. Innovation Consulting When your innovation needs are more specific, our consulting services are the solution. The following are just some of the services we provide: -Sector and Category Deep Dives enable you to identify major trends, understand future possibilities, and note key companies so you can fully understand the innovation occurring within an industry -Category Shortlisting uses our proprietary technology along with our data, analyst insights, and your specific strategic needs to identify the companies that should be on your radar -Company Deep Dives provide a comprehensive overview of a specific company’s products, operations, and differentiators -Our consulting services guide you through the full life-cycle of the innovation process: from initial research to finding the right partner. +MORE

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Pharmacy Ownership

McKesson

Buy, Sell or Start a Pharmacy. McKesson's pharmacy ownership consultants offer personalized, confidential consulting tailored to your personal ownership goals and a self-service website to guide and support independent pharmacy owners-or those interested in becoming an owner-through the purchase or sale of an independent pharmacy. +MORE

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Specialty Pharmacy Strategy

D2 Pharma Consulting, LLC

The Specialty Pharmacy market is undergoing significant growth.  In 2007, the specialty products market constituted 23% of the overall pharmaceutical sales, representing a 9% increase from the prior year. This growth is impacted by several market drivers, including a robust FDA pipeline in the specialty sector leading to more products requiring specialized distribution as well as increased administration and special handling. These products often treat complex disease states requiring comprehensive patient management strategies increasingly targeted at smaller and smaller patient populations. Payer models and other cost containment factors dictate efficiency and expertise in reimbursement efforts many times driven by an efficient and effective distribution channel strategy.. +MORE

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Trade

D2 Pharma Consulting, LLC

D2 Pharma Consulting brings together decades of combined experience, to ensure our clients optimize their overall potential in the market.  Leveraging, our multiple channel experience across the spectrum of health care categories provides insight and direction for you organization.   D2 will work with your team to build an effective plan with the appropriate channel partners to ensure your revenue targets are met. We will establish key performance indicators encompassing obtainable goals.  In addition to our team of trade experts building your plan, we offer complete outsourcing of all trade functions. The key benefits to your organization include lower costs, accelerated corporate learning curve, avoidance of costly mistakes. This allows limited internal resources to focus on other strategic activities. +MORE

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Commercial Business Planning

D2 Pharma Consulting, LLC

There are many facets that need to come together to ensure successful commercialization of a new product or extending the life of an existing product. It is crucial to build a business plan that will prioritize opportunities to build maximum brand value by fully understanding all of the current market drivers that impact success. For new products building this business plan begins 12 to 18 months prior to commercialization. Our team of experts will provide a rigorous review resulting in a complete market assessment, competitive analysis and comprehensive business plan. +MORE

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Business Consulting Services

AmerisourceBergen

Make Smart Business Decisions to Accelerate Growth and Improve Patient Care. Our strategic consulting and business coaching services deliver proven solutions to benefit your business and your patients. We can help you make decisions that maximize profitability, generate new revenue streams and enhance the quality of care you provide to patients. +MORE

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Business Protection

Fortalice Solutions

Cybercrime fighters protecting against internet predators. We design, develop, and deploy affordable customized services and strategies that fend off the bad guys. +MORE

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Management Consulting

Humanyze

Humanyze helps companies improve by understanding their people. With unmatched technology from the MIT Media Lab, we combine wearable sensors and digital data to deliver people analytics and insights to our customers. Create lasting client relationships with Humanyze What if you were able to work with twice as many clients as you do today?  What if you could use your insights to build custom solutions for your clients that ensured their continued success and generated recurring revenue for you?  What if you could provide hard ROI numbers on your services? Humanyze Consulting Edition is for you. +MORE

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Strategic Marketing

Compass Marketing, Inc.

With a nation-wide sales strike force, we provide our clients a deep understanding of the marketplace and tailor sales, marketing and merchandising programs to help our clients achieve optimum sales goals and objectives. We are fortunate to work with the world's leading consumer products manufacturers and we understand their desire to drive brand awareness and expanded sales opportunities. We have developed and maintain excellent relationships throughout the industry and around the world to help our clients achieve their objectives in an ever-increasing world of competition. +MORE

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IT Consulting

Pythian

Agility through continuous transformation and operational excellence. Today’s IT professionals are expected to be experts in everything from emerging technologies to new regulations to business innovation. Keeping up with the latest advances in technology and understanding how they impact your business is one challenge. Finding and hiring the people with the skills and expertise to integrate, optimize, and manag At Pythian, we help companies adopt disruptive technologies and plan, implement, and manage complex systems that directly contribute to revenue growth and business success. +MORE

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eCommerce Consultants

McFadyen Solutions

McFadyen Solutions understands the strategies, tools, and processes that can be used to enhance the Return On Investment (ROI) for online commerce. -Personalized Customer Experiences. -Multi-Channel Customer Interaction. -Programmed Customer Campaigns. -Reporting and Analytics. -Supply Chain Integration. +MORE

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Promotional Products

Innovative Marketing Consultants

The first rule of beverage promotion – get them to try it. We design all sorts of promotional eye-candy that can get attention on-premise, off-premise and at point-of-sale. Bars, restaurants, events, and retail outlets are our favorite places to play. Awareness: IMC designs promotional items that are specifically geared to the beverage industry. We design event and on-premise promotional give-a-ways that get your brand noticed! Consumer Engagement: Promotional solutions that trigger an emotional connection between consumer and brand, increase engagement and stimulate trial. Get them to remember with a unique approach! Point of Sale: IMC’s point-of-sale promotional beverage products give your brand the ability to stand out in the crowd. +MORE

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Technology Consulting

PMC

Our approach to consulting is unique - we work with retail IT leaders to take the time and cost out of your decision making processes. We understand the market intimately and can help you quickly and cost effectively pull together all the relevant information needed to make high quality, informed investment decisions about your key IT capital and services. +MORE

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Synchrony Connect

Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Connect is a value-added program where we share Synchrony Financial’s expertise in non-credit areas. Synchrony Connect services are delivered across a variety of channels: one-on-one best practice sharing engagements, consulting projects, multi-client webinars and events as well as access to our online portal. +MORE

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Management Consulting

Kurt Salmon

If you are a retailer or maker of consumer goods, Kurt Salmon can help turn your operations into a competitive advantage. Kurt Salmon works with its clients to build inherently advantaged retail and consumer goods businesses. By helping them design and align the way they operate in order to fully satisfy the desires of their customers, their operations become a strategic competitive advantage.We are strategic implementers. We combine deep functional knowledge of the key processes along the retail and consumer goods value chain with a strategic perspective across a company’s entire business system. Moreover, we understand the interdependencies, the opportunities for leverage—and the risks of unintended consequences. So even when we’re working on only one process or function, we do so in a way that optimizes the whole. +MORE

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Supply Chain & Business Consulting

Pente Consulting Group, LLC Pente Consulting Group, LLC

Use experienced professionals combined with the strengths of internal resources working in a highly collaborative manner to develop and implement practical, cost-effective solutions.   +MORE

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Retail Consulting

Dionco, Inc.

We specialize in creating and successfully implementing state-of-the-art strategic and practical solutions for corporations' needs in the areas of retail, marketing, technology, and leadership. Using a process of working collaboratively with our clients, we help accelerate individual and organizational change and achieve sustained performance improvement through strategic development consulting services, action-based learning workshops, and cutting-edge previews of the future. +MORE

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Retail Consultants

Davidowitz & Associates, Inc.

The Davidowitz & Associates team has generated significant capital for transactions and has performed hundreds of engagements in almost every area of a retail enterprise. +MORE

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Management Consulting

Market Performance Group

With all of our collective years of experience, it would be easy to take a “been there, done that” approach to our clients’ marketplace challenges. And, with all of the world-class analytics that we put behind our work, it would be easy to publish thick binders of data with textbook solutions from the proverbial “ivory tower.” Neither approach, however, will get you to the robust, game-changing strategies and solutions that lead to growth and competitive advantage. Instead, we start with a foundation of experiences and knowledge of best-in-class approaches. Then we mine the data and marketplace for insights and understanding. Finally, we stir it all up with our Senior Executive Advisors who offer unique perspectives and challenge each other for productive debate. The results? A clear path forward that leads to stronger market performance. +MORE

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Marketing Consultants

Barr Benedett Group LLC

BBG is an experience-based marketing and promotional marketing consultancy offering a variety of services for manufacturers, retailers and agencies.  +MORE

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Marketing Services

The Mars Agency

We are converters on every level imaginable. We link brands to consumers & shoppers, manufacturers to retailers, and retailers to shoppers. We instigate change and make connections that achieve profitable results. We create impact.  +MORE

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Neuromarketing

Marketing Brainology

Marketing Brainology is focused on helping companies better connect to consumers and shoppers by helping them to understand the art and science of the decision-making process. We believe the most valuable thing you can learn from consumers is what they can’t tell you. Traditional marketing research methods can only measure the brain processing that consumers are consciously aware of—what they can put into words. Combining nonconscious and conscious measurements to provide a deep understanding of the hearts and minds of consumers, our insights and experience empowers clients to make more informed and strategic business decisions. +MORE

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Professional Leadership Coaching and Consulting

Sage Strategies

At Sage Strategies we promise to care deeply for your professional success. In your vision for career success, what do you see? Sage Strategists thrive in bringing out clarity and direction from emerging, new and legacy leaders. We are committed to your professional success. Our unique and confidential approach will plan and implement the process to: Get promoted, Transition your career, Develop management / leadership skills, and Rebrand “you”. Our approach and process is completely unique to you. We start where you are in your career assessing your successes and challenges. Then, working together, we clarify the vision to create the plan for achievement of those end goals. There are many roads leading to success…we guide you to identify success and define the right path for you. +MORE

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Retail Consulting

McMillanDoolittle

Create Winning Strategies: We help create winning strategies for retailers and suppliers to the retailing industry. We are experienced in guiding companies through the strategic planning process to achieve fresh insights and solutions.  Optimize the Customer Experience: We help companies develop a unique, consistent and sustainable customer experience that aligns strategy and positioning with execution to win with customers. Our combination of proprietary analytical frameworks and deep expertise helps clients identify opportunities to enhance and differentiate their ongoing relationship with their target customers. Develop New Concepts: We lead the development of innovative retail concepts, formats and programs. We have developed ground-up prototypes, refined existing concepts, and created successful programs, shops and departments within stores. Analyze and Improve Performance: We evaluate and optimize retail concepts, strategies, and businesses. This includes feasibility assessment of startups and new concepts, performance improvement for existing concepts, and due diligence activities as part of mergers and acquisitions. Intelligence: We provide critical research, information and insights on the retail industry. +MORE

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