How-to Quickly Execute a Product Recall

Problem The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists 22 foodborne illness outbreaks for 2018! The most recent culprit, romaine lettuce, was identified in November 2018 as the cause of a virulent strain of E. coli-O157. This strain made 32 people in the US and 19 people in Canada sick. Foodborne illnesses are not the sole … Continue reading How-to Quickly Execute a Product Recall

6 Essential Tools Every District Manager Should Use

While your success as a district manager largely depends on your skills and knowledge, the tools that you’re using can significantly affect how well you do your job. That’s why it’s vital that you utilize solutions (i.e., apps, platforms, services, etc.) that keep you informed, boost your productivity, and make your job easier overall. Need … Continue reading 6 Essential Tools Every District Manager Should Use

Store Execution: Purpose, Scope and Best Practices

This article sheds some light on the purpose, scope and best practices of store execution.  The intended audience is merchandisers, retail operations professionals, area sales professionals, consumer packaged goods manufacturers as well as wholesalers. Definition, purpose and scope of store execution Definition Store execution is a set of practices and enabling technologies responsible for the … Continue reading Store Execution: Purpose, Scope and Best Practices

Successfully Implement Communication Channels Between Stores/CPG Field Reps and Head-Office

The need Most retailers implement some form of two-way communication between the stores and/or CPG field representatives and head office.  Typically these communication channels look like this: 1.  Head office needs to communicate  some information to all/some stores or field reps, in all/some regions in one or more languages (particularly important in officially bilingual countries … Continue reading Successfully Implement Communication Channels Between Stores/CPG Field Reps and Head-Office

10 Ways to Improve Store Execution

In-store execution is known to drive sales and cut costs.  But for these and other known merits of execution, how do you actually achieve it? 1. Seek clarity Define and describe standards clearly and unequivocally.  This point seems obvious but is often overlooked by overly succinct, sometime cryptic, copy used to define operational standards. The description … Continue reading 10 Ways to Improve Store Execution

What Is Retail Task Management?

Wikipedia defines Task Management as follows: "Task management is the process of managing a task (or task portfolio) through its life cycle, including planning, testing, tracking and reporting. Task management can help either individuals achieve goals, or groups of individuals collaborate and share knowledge for the accomplishment of collective goals." In layman's terms, task management allows … Continue reading What Is Retail Task Management?