TNG BLOG

Integral link for retail success? Who knew...the supply chain

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on August 27, 2018

DSD20Every retailer knows that times are tough right now. It can seem unrelenting with an onslaught of new issues every day. With one part of the puzzle in hand, another seems to falter in a constant battle to remain relevant and thriving. The pinch is real.

A recent article outlines the wildcard nature of the supply chain as the integral link for retail success. It starts the discussion with: “…as much as grocers continue to invest in building a better shopping experience, consumers still think of a trip to the grocery store as a chore”1. If that is the case, then consumers will continue to look for alternatives to cut out just one more ‘chore’ in their already busy lives. If we look at retailers that are doing “better than” some of the others, are there patterns? Does the excitement of discovery and treasure hunt in a Costco make the shopping experience better for the shopper? If so, how does grocery incorporate more of that element into their stores? It could be that they customize more, experiment more with different products or try to localize products. It could be how they present that product to shoppers. The store within a store is gaining ground. Retailer operations along with limited distribution space often don’t make this an easy task, however.

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Topics: product cut-in, resets, product movement, cpg, clipstrips, delivery, DSD, Distribution, trends, Retail

Conversations at the GMDC Conference - Collaboration is key

Posted by Jim Deighan on July 16, 2018

In June, TNG attended the GMDC Conference. Here’s what we learned…

TNG-GMDC-2018-session

It was no surprise to us or anyone that traditional retail is certainly challenged. Retailers that have not responded to this ‘new world’ have definitely felt the sting, if not utter decimation (think Toys R Us). Manufacturers are also under pressure as consumer tastes have and are changing at a rapid pace. The move to health, wellness, minimal ingredient, natural and less processed foods have left some reeling. The center store is under attack; the front-end is under attack! There are stressors everywhere.

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Topics: DSD, Merchandising, impulse, clipstrips, retail re-alignment, front-end management, logistics, delivery, Distribution, Retail

Toy or Grocery Store? Clip Strip Assortment Matters

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on January 23, 2018

What Matters To You: Aligning Your Clip Strip Program With Your Shopper

Too many clip strip programs are filled with toys -items intended to be something a child begs his parent to buy as they roll down the aisle in a cart.

Our research at TNG has shown that only a few of these toys sell while most just gather dust.

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Topics: clipstrips, impulse, mapping, jhooks, Retail

Mapped Items In Stores: Your Road Map to Sales

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on December 14, 2017

What Matters to You: Always in Stock, Best Selling Products

What matters to you, matters to us. In a new, reoccurring blog series, What Matters to You, we will focus on what you tell us are your top concerns. Then, we will let you know how we can help.

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Topics: impulse, jhooks, clipstrips, mapping, coborns, tng