The news that Iceland is launching a major marketing campaign to promote its speciality fish and meat selection – including ostrich and kangaroo – is indicative of the lengths multiples are going to review and create ranges that will help them stand out in an increasingly competitive grocery sector.
Category, customer and shopper management specialist Bridgethorne believes such campaigns show how range reviews can deliver an important competitive edge for retailers as they seek to increase shopper satisfaction and loyalty. Suppliers, which ease the burden on retailers by delivering insights that will inform the range review process, will be best placed to benefit from the process themselves.
The Iceland campaign comes as the “big four” supermarkets continue to promote their low price ranges, with Asda reported to be spending heavily on its Roll Back campaign involving 2,500 customer favourites and weekly essentials, and Sainsbury’s running multi-platform advertising to promote its lower prices on “products that matter”. Iceland said its campaign aims to bring to life the confidence and passion the supermarket has for its new speciality range as well as everyday essentials.
All of the multiples are looking for leaner, stronger ranges that reflect both shopper and consumer needs and deliver choice in the most business efficient manner. But many suppliers still don’t realise that the range review process is one of their best chances to positively influence their working relationship with retailers so that both can benefit from delivering more accurately what the shopper is looking for.
Not enough suppliers either understand the range review process or have the skills in-house on how to influence the account decision process, how to increase or optimise shelf space for their products or how to build and interpret the information that will give them a competitive edge in the retailer relationships.
Suppliers often fail to agree the objectives of the range review with the retailer. They often don’t know why a range review is taking place and, without that knowledge, it is much more difficult to address the retailer’s requirements.
Making yourself range review-ready requires time, resource, data and experience. You need to understand how your range functions as part of its category, whether your product is something for which a shopper would deliberately shop for or whether it is an impulse purchase. Then it is about analysing the range in the context of its category in terms of the shopper and consumer requirements.
Bridgethorne uses its 17 years of range review experience to work with retailers and suppliers across different categories to ensure they maximise opportunities within the range review process. It helps retailers to optimise range and space and helps manufacturers gain an internal view of their brand and own label opportunities. Bridgethorne uses its software-based best practice tools and processes to provide a platform from which to launch new products, defend current and gain new listings, and increase distribution on lines where merited.
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