Climate change and FMCG sales

Climate change in the form of extreme heat, hurricanes, flooding etc. presents an inherent risk to FMCG companies. It disrupts raw material supply and logistics (roads buckling, flights unable to take off and ships tossed about), resulting in price increases. British Retail Consortium and NAACDs published studies that establish that every one degree change in …

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 …

Reducing stock outs of personal care & hygiene brands in store

Last week, we focussed on how to reduce stock outs of food & beverage brands in stores. This week we are focussing on personal care & home care brands. You may think that personal care & home care brands are immune to these fluctuations as consumer buying behaviour is a result of frequency of use …

Reducing stock outs in stores

This blog focusses on how sales people can reduce out of stocks at supermarkets by considering their target consumer behaviour over the last year and how likely this is to change.

12+ months after Covid fuelled panic buying

More than a year after Covid fuelled stockpiling of necessities and grocery staples, we still see empty supermarket shelves. Many assume this is because of an increased focus on online sales by the large grocers, especially in the US, as evidenced by this article in Insight Grocery Business in March 2021. We’ve also seen similar …

A timely example of VUCA

This week started off hot for those of us in the UK, for March that is. Monday temperatures reached 22degrees and Tuesday was the warmest day in March that UK has seen in 53 years (Sky News) at 24 degrees. As weather influences beverage sales quite significantly, I decided to check out a few supermarkets …