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Trade shows are coming back

Trade shows have been part of our food and beverage industry for a long time. We know food and beverage trade shows are great opportunities to see new items, learn about the trends and see customers. This week I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Produce Marketing Association trade show in Montreal. It was […]

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Your service level can be the difference

Getting your products to your customers, at the right time, in the right condition, can have a very positive impact on your relationship with your customers. Retailers depend on suppliers to deliver great service level. Google can provide definitions, but it does not always help you understand the importance of the term or perhaps even […]

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Private label is big business

Private label (or control label) can represent significant volume for retailers and those producers and processors who supply the products. In some retailers this can represent between 30-50% of sales. Google can provide definitions, but it does not always help you understand the importance of the term or perhaps even a specific meaning in our industry. […]

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Retailer’s labour scheduling impacts suppliers

Labour is the largest controllable expense for retailers. They put a lot of time and resources into labour scheduling. In a business where the bottom line is usually between 1-2.0% effective labour scheduling can make a huge difference. One key metric retailers focus on is sales per labour hour (SPLH). When retailers put a lot […]

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Be careful with your Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price

Often, we see producers and processors very concerned about the retail price of their products. It is understandable, as the retail price often determines if consumers will buy the product and where it is perceived to fit within the category. The reality, if you are selling into the large retail chains, is you should not […]

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Events in Ukraine impact global supply chains

Whether we like it or not our food industry is global and events around the world impact what happens here at home. The unprovoked attack on Ukraine will have impacts on the supply and cost of food around the world. The global supply chain we operate in really has evolved in recent years to adapt […]

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Cost of goods is in the news

With all of the news regarding the issues between Hostess Frito Lay and Loblaw we had to tackle the definition for cost of goods. This is certainly one of the most critical components of the relationship between suppliers and retailers. The bigger the supplier, the more focus it will receive within the retailer. Google can […]

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Compliance fines are a reality of doing business

One of the most controversial issues in the food and beverage industry are compliance fines. Retailers appear to be moving more in this direction and suppliers believe they are unfair. These fines have created more animosity between retailers and suppliers than any other issue. Google can provide definitions, but it does not always help you […]

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Planograms are your friend

Planograms are just as important for suppliers as they are for retailers. We see them in almost every department now. Every industry has their own language and it can be a challenge to really understand some of the terms. Google can provide definitions, but it does not always help you understand the importance of the […]

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Shrink is a huge cost in the grocery industry

Every industry has their own language and it can be a challenge to really understand some of the terms. Google can provide definitions, but it does not always help you understand the importance of the term or perhaps even a specific meaning in our industry. It can take some time to find the food and […]

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