Will local products save supers – or kill them?

Consumers have made it clear that they are looking for more local and specialty products in their neighborhood supermarkets. This is the most recent, and perhaps most pronounced, phase in the evolution of consumer tastes and preferences, a trend that...

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Direct Store Delivery Is A Deal With The Devil

“When retailers allow a supplier to do direct store deliveries to their stores, they have made a deal with the Devil.” So says Randy Fields, the CEO of the Park City Group, and the former Chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies. As a former retail executive ...

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Growing demand for local products leads to out-of-stocks

Inventories have ballooned nearly three-fold over the last two decades as localization has been embraced to protect market share and profitability. Yet, localization just might hasten the death of certain banners unless steps are taken to control the...

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Growing Demand for Local Products Impacts Inventory for Suppliers

Consumers have made it clear that they are looking for more local and specialty products in their supermarkets. This is the most recent – and perhaps most pronounced – phase in the evolution of consumer tastes and preferences. It is a trend that star...

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Taking Stock of Inventory Automation

Properly integrated, the right warehouse and inventory management systems can help drive down out-of-stocks. The average supermarket has tens of thousands of SKUs. But shoppers are most likely to remember the ones that aren’t there. Out-of-stoc...

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How retailers can find ways to ‘out Amazon’ Amazon

At the turn of the millennium, the retail industry was aglow with technological and opera­tional possibilities.

The internet was seen as a platform for both selling things and making merchandising and fulfillment processes more ef­ficient. Data processing power and storage capacity was grow­ing dramatically, an improve­ment that cut analysis time from weeks down to hours. Ad­ditionally, data communication speeds were accelerating so quickly that frontline associates now had access to nearly real­time insights.

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In-Store Deli Reduces Out-of-Stocks

PROBLEM In-store deli sales were trending down 14%. Better performing items had 5% – 32% out-of-stocks. Limited presentation of too many items and the hot sellers were gone before end of day. SOLUTION Fresh Market Man...

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