Category Management is the primary platform from which CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) brand owners interact with retailers. Category Management provides the language, process framework, and metrics for communicating all strategic and tactical recommendations to the retailer. Where did it start? Back in the early 90’s a process was developed to help retailers and suppliers manage the category … [Read more...]
The science that makes us spend more in supermarkets, and feel good while we do it
When you walk into a supermarket, you probably want to spend as little money as possible. The supermarket wants you to spend as much money as possible. Let battle commence. As you enter the store your senses come under assault. You will often find that fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, flowers) is the first thing you see. The vibrant colours put you in a good mood, and the happier you are the … [Read more...]
Should Manufacturers and Suppliers be more focused on Convenience?
Convenience in Ireland has always been popular with Irish consumers, maybe it’s due to our past and the link with the ‘corner shop’ or maybe it’s due to the vast array of very well developed convenience formats in Ireland, either way its here to stay and back in growth. As with other channels the big players are getting bigger and expanding (Leading operators like Centra and Spar continue to add … [Read more...]
Are forecourts of the future doomed?
After spending many years in forecourt retailing and having being part of the original team who brought forecourt retailing to a new height back in the days of the Statoil fairplay brand in Ireland I've kept a close eye on it's changes over the years The move from fuel to food and quality coffee was inevitable With shrinking margins on fuel, the need to bolster profits with food has long being a … [Read more...]