We were attending a trade show a few weeks ago when one of our clients walked up to me and said, “I’ve never been so bored at a trade show”.
Our guide said, "Don’t leave fish to find fish." I turned around and said, "What was that?" He repeated, "Don’t leave fish to find fish. When we find a spot where the fish are stacked up like this, we keep fishing. Many people just take a single pass at them and move on."
It’s a common question we hear from retailers, “how can I get a larger piece of the pie from my trade area?” Many search for answers in new vendors or merchandise offers, a different ad agency or the next cool promotional idea. While these changes can and often do deliver sales increases, they come at a price.
Every now and again, something new comes along that fundamentally changes the way we work...we have developed one of those fundamental work-flow changes and...it will have a significant impact on the way you work.
Every year we see different results for individual companies when comparing this year’s numbers to last and 2018 was certainly no different. I can’t even say that the wide swings were terribly unusual (from up nearly 100% to down 45%).
Improving your bottom line is a challenge for many retailers. We tend to follow the same patterns of behavior over time (years and even generations) and therefore, markup and discounting wind up becoming a part of our culture, rather than having a net profit strategy.