Walmart and Procter & Gamble

We referenced this collaboration in a previous blog and received a lot of questions about it. So we decided to dedicate a ‘case study’ to this collaboration. In the late 1980s Walmart was P & G’s fifth largest customer and Mike Graen had been charged with the responsibility of improving the commercials for Walmart by …

Convenience stores – a key battleground for brands

15 years ago, the key battleground for brands was discounters. Aldi, Lidl and Iceland were growing rapidly and FMCG companies were looking at how they can gain share in these channels. Convenience was an important channel, but the entire channel usually got the same level of attention as a large supermarket chain did. According to …

Pantene/Walgreens collaboration to increase sales of Pantene SKUs

In 2013, more than 300 new haircare products were introduced in the U.S. and Pantene was struggling to stay relevant. Consumers were quick to switch to competition and the brand’s key retail partner, Walgreens, was losing confidence. Pantene needed to turn around brand performance at Walgreens to retain distribution, and increase penetration and retention without …

Surviving inflationary & supply chain pressures

At the start of 2022, everyone was breathing a sigh of relief as we started to accept that non-lethal variants of Covid-19 were going to be a part of our lives going forward, just like influenza and how we live with it. However, by February 2022, everyone was talking about rising food prices and how …

Sustainability and stock

For FMCG/CPG companies, optimal retail stock levels is about maintaining enough stock at a retailer’s warehouse or at a store level to eliminate out of stocks in stores. For retailers, optimal retail stock levels is about maintaining just enough stock to eliminate overstocking in stores or at their warehouses. However, optimal stock levels need to …

Can a shift in power balance help the FMCG sector?

Years ago, the power balance between manufacturers (suppliers) and retailers was skewed towards the former, but with consolidation in retail and the formation of large players like Tesco & Walmart, the power balance favours retail currently. Imbalance driven by low fragmentation in the sector In the UK, the large grocers/supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and …

Proposition – A ‘P’ added by Unilever’s framework

A proposition emphasises the USP of any product. Crafting a simple, focused and clear winning proposition can be complex and time taking. Consequently, marketers and sales teams strive to extract learnings from the past, and drive bigger and better innovations for the future. A successfully crafted proposition creates an imprint in the target consumers’ minds to …

Process – A newer addition to the traditional 4Ps

So you have a great product and you have defined and validated your target audience(consumer segment). How do you deliver your brand/SKU to the customer(brick & mortar/online) and make it available for your target consumers to buy? The next P, Process, covers this aspect. The sales process followed in any organisation influences execution in store …

Product – the most important element of retail execution & the marketing mix

Product is, probably, the most crucial component of the 6Ps. It originates directly from your consumer through an unmet need that they have. This can be a physical item, a service, a platform or software. It is produced at a cost and is made available to the target audience at a price to help fulfil …

Pricing strategy and pricing

Price is the only KPI of retail execution that creates revenue, while all of the others are costs. FMCG companies need to be very clear about pricing objectives, methods and the factors that influence price setting. The pricing team needs to know if their brand is losing or gaining market share at the current price …