Understanding true shopper behavior in the store has become the latest battlefield in the fast moving consumer goods industry. And little wonder when studies show an estimated 76% of purchase decisions are made in the store1. For retailers, the cumulative impact of adding even one more product to a small percentage of shopping trips equates to significant gains to annual sales.
While in recent years there have been a growing number of tools that have come into the market to help retailers and...
The Hanger Caddy™ hanger storage system from SPC Retail Display Group is a real money saver. It's easy to forget how much hangers cost, but employee time spent carting hangers around, as well as untangling and sorting them, adds up fast. And it's time these employees could be devoting to customer service. You also should consider hanger breakage and the simple unsightliness of boxes full of tangled hangers in your stores.
The Central Group is a performance at retail company that ensures the highest possible return on your Marketing-at-Retail investment. To achieve your maximum result, we combine the most unique shopper research techniques, the best of applied innovation through design, excellence in operations and retail execution, all offered at the highest possible value.
Perk Dynamics has created specific solutions to cater to the Grocery and Convenience market. With our integrated systems you can sell coffee and espresso drinks at the register as well as offering walk-up self service in your stores. The demand for high quality consistent coffee and espresso drinks in the store environment is growing rapidly and Perk Dynamics has the user friendly, easy to integrate solution you have been looking for. Our turn-key solutions enable you to meet the demand for quality coffee and espresso services without becoming an expert barista and spending countless hours training staff to meet these requirements.
With AutoPerk “The Automated Barista” you can quickly bring your offering up to speed. AutoPerk Reporting provides you with an easy to use tool set accessible via web dashboard that gives you the reporting, maintenance data and service alerts needed to effectively manage these operations for one or multiple store locations.
Our Fulfillment services offer quick assembly and pack-out of your product in a secure environment. We provide the services your company needs including display assembly, product packaging, warehousing and shipping. By offering an ‘all in one’ solution, from concept to delivery, Carolina Container saves you both time and money.
We can offer a turn-key proposal for your packaging requirements. As a contract packager of private label products, we serve as an extension of your business as assemblers and packagers, therefore allowing you to concentrate on the marketing and selling of your products. Contract packaging capabilities include Clamshell, Blister Pack, Shrink Wrapping, Skin Packaging, Poly Bagging, Sonic Sealing and Foam Fabrication as well as contract manufacturing.
As a total end-to-end solution provider, Menasha offers products and services that include POP Displays, graphic packaging, folding carton, POS signage, pre-printed linerboard, brown box, warehousing, contract manufacturing, assembly, pack-out and distribution. As a preferred supplier we have on-site employees at multiple CPGs and retailers which enable us to provide enhanced service and support to our customers because we are fully integrated into their systems and processes and understand the retailer’s requirements.
For maximum planning, nothing is more important than inventory control. Inventory should be organized, easy to control and as accurate as possible. Without organization, it is almost impossible to accurately cost out your menu, replenish stock properly, control operational cost and make important financial based decisions.
Inventory plays an crucial part role in developing and maintaining desired profit margins. In any industry, nothing is more critically important than inventory control.
With a nationwide network of warehouses and delivery agents, Millennium Logistics Management can deliver your products to your store when promised. With every major and medium market covered, we can offer the largest network of final mile delivery agents in the US. We become your single point of contact for last mile deliveries.
Your business day ends with satisfied customers, but it starts with making sure products are ordered and on the shelves. Now you can do so with a CipherLab mobile computer and your wireless network. With proper software installed, you can check with your shelves, low quantities can be instantly ordered and transmitted to your supplier or an internal application. Whether you work wirelessly or in batch mode, a CipherLab mobile computer will help you keep the products you need on your shelves.
Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion UX
When was the last time you attended a retail or food and beverage trade show? If you have to pause to think of the answer – or know immediately that the answer is, “Never” – then it might be time to find a show or expo near you. Trade shows are the best places for those within the industry to get out of their stores and network; find new products and stay abreast of the cutting edge technology offerings; and gain invaluable education in the areas you need it most.
In short, even if you spend time every day trying to stay current, you could never see it all – or know what to search for. There is no better place than a trade show … from seeing new products, meeting new people, becoming educated on a new way to engage your customers, or finding out about technology … this is the place to find what you don’t know!
Here are some of the top reasons you should attend a trade show this year:
Network with Decision Makers
When you think of networking, perhaps the typical “mixer” scenario comes to mind with people you don’t know awkwardly milling about a bar or restaurant, trying to strike up conversations with random people in the hopes that you might be able to benefit one another in some way. Networking at a trade show couldn’t be any more different. As an attendee, you can specifically find exhibitors with the products you seek; attend educational sessions that pertain to topics you are interested in, therefore attracting other audience members who share the same challenges; and be assured that your peers in the same industry as you are seeking similar solutions as you. And you might even run into a colleague you haven’t seen in years!
Find New Products and Foods
You subscribe to industry periodicals and get Google Alerts in your inbox every day, but have you seen that new robot that identifies out of stock items and potential slip and fall hazards? Have you read about leveraging data to establish loyalty and trust with food delivery customers? A trade show is the perfect venue to scope out all that is new in the retail world from tech products to new foods and services – all in one place – to help you use technology to create a seamless customer experience. As you look for new technology innovation to keep you competitive, you may find the perfect partner for online ordering, rapid delivery, or rapid checkout through customer’s smartphones. No matter what you want to go to a trade show to find, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by discovering even more than you thought along the aisles.
See New Trends in Action
Are vegan offerings a must-have? Should you offer chef demonstrations to showcase meal ideas? Are international flavors high on consumer’s minds? What chef dishes are they trying replicate at home? Be on the front line of this year’s and next year’s trends so you can bank on what your customers will be looking for in the near future. You’ll walk away with new products and great ideas you can implement immediately in your store operations. You may even realize that you are on the verge of creating an entirely different trend yourself that has yet to appear on the market – good information that you can capitalize on in the year to come.
Receive Best in Class Education
If school is a distant memory – or perhaps you learned hands-on in a family business and worked your way up the ranks – one of the best perks of most trade shows is the educational content provided to attendees and exhibitors alike. Whether you’re interested in operational excellence, developing your workforce, building bigger baskets, or sessions dedicated to those hot new tech trends we previously mentioned, trade shows like The NGA Show (presented by the National Grocers Association) in San Diego this coming February will have you covered on all fronts. What’s more, you can connect with presenting industry specialists to gain even more valuable insight into the topics that interest you most.
Gain Immediate, Actionable Ideas
The bottom line … your time is valuable and you want to spend any time out of your store obtaining the cream of the crop ideas - from new products, growth strategies and tech trends. Hear what the experts have to share, sample emerging products, uncover new technology, and refresh your enthusiasm for the business. You’ll walk away with a plan to bring all of these new ideas and initiatives into your store operation to drive profits, growth and innovation.
No matter where you are in your retail career, a trade show will no doubt provide you with opportunities, education and inspiration as you progress in the business. Interested in learning more? Check out the upcoming NGA show:
National Grocers Association Show, San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 2019, www.thengashow.com
Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate. Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event, providing over 40 educational workshops, an expo floor featuring innovative and game-changing products and solutions and countless networking opportunities. Registration is open at www.thengashow.com – early bird registration rates in effect through December 10, 2018.
TABS CatMan is a suite of services that support your CPG Category Management initiatives. Category Management has become a catch all term for almost all Sales and Marketing analytics. It’s a function that is critical to a company’s success. Whether it is a category review for retailers, market analysis, or fact-based selling presentations, securing a competitive advantage depends upon how well your company performs this function.