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Location, location, location! The importance of share of shelf online ?  Detail, online merchandising tool

 

Holiday shopping is continuing to set new sales records, especially online. In Sweden for example 1/3 of all gifts are estimated to be purchased online. That’s a 14% increase in e-shopping over just last year, according to the prognosis from the Swedish Trade Association Quite a lift. And most other markets are looking the same. Is your brand ready to profit from that? Are you visible online? How are your SKU’s looking? Your digital share of shelf? Do you know? A lot of brand managers don’t. That’s where Detail, our online merchandising tool can help.

 

Online visibility is crucial for your brand

The digital shelves are where the customers find your product, read about it and compare it to other products. Studies show that over 80% of all shoppers turn to their smartphones to find information about a product, while in a physical store.* This means that your visibility online is of double importance – for information and awareness as well as for actual shopping. But while physical retailing has been studied for decades, the strategies for online sales are quite new.

 

Consumer behavior – nothing new under the sun

A comforting notion for brand managers wondering how to reach customers online is that people are pretty much the same as before. It’s just the channels that are different. People still prefer products at eye level, which in the digital era translates to being in the top spots of the search result page. Because that’s pretty much the attention span we have. The majority of shoppers who enter a site use the search function (roughly 70% of all shoppers) and the rest rely on menus and navigation to find what they are looking for. Research suggests that shoppers using the search function are the ones most ready to make a purchase. Hence the importance of being in the top tier of the search results. People buy what they see, the only difference is that they now do it from the couch. Hence the rise of “couch commerce”**.

 

Your keywords – your brand

Since people don’t scroll through page after page of products looking for just your brand, keywords have become increasingly important. Not only for visibility in big search engines like Google and Bing, but also onsite at the different retailers. The modern brand manager needs to be observant about which keywords different brands and products appear under, both generic as well as more specific. Detail helps with this by letting you choose which keywords you would like to keep track of, and gives you clear information on how your brand ranks in relation to the chosen keywords as well as current and historical trends and competitors.

 

Be visible, be in stock and be purchased

Successful brand managers make sure that their brand is at the top of the digital shelf by bidding on the right keywords. And the products get bought if they are in stock. This is where Detail comes in. Detail is a revolutionary new way to supervise your brand’s online visibility, the in-store availability of your products, the past and present price and consumer ratings and feedback. Detail gives you a comprehensive ranking of your brand’s and products’ position on each retailer site. It even lets you keep track of what your competitors are up to. An easy-to-read interface gives you an instant overview of the current situation … and lets you dig deeper into products or retailers that you wish to investigate more thoroughly.

 

Stay on top of your game (and the digital shelf)

We have several different packages ranging from a simple status check to the full standing of your brand’s presence online. And once set up, Detail provides daily reports on how well you’re performing. Detail helps your brand to stay visible and on top of the digital shelf wherever you want.

 

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* https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/advertising-channels/search/owning-the-digital-shelf/

** www.yourdictionary.com/couch-commerce

Detail Online Merchandising, was your business ready for Black Friday?

 

Turn Everyday into Black Friday!

Black Friday is traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping period, and the retail highlight of the year. Physical stores spend months on planning their offers, stocking up and making sure their promoted products are highly visible. But how do you do that online? How do you check price? Visibility? Share of shelf? Most brand managers don’t know. That’s where Detail comes in. 

 

Black Friday online

Traditionally, Black Friday is followed by Cyber Monday, which is when the online stores begin their promotions. But since most physical stores are now also online, the line between Black Friday and Cyber Monday has become blurred. Basically, it’s just a full weekend of shopping frenzy. And since everything, retail included, is becoming more digital, you could make the case that Black Friday is online.

 

Control your brand’s visibility

In a physical store, it’s easy to see how well your brand is presented at a peak shopping time like this. Just go in and have a look. Are the correct signs there? Are they clearly visible? Are the shelves well stocked? Are the products accurately labeled? Are there staff around to assist the customers? Do the staff know your brand and products? Checking your brand’s visibility online is trickier, or at least it used to be.

 

Detail monitors retailer sites

Detail is a revolutionary new way to supervise your brand’s online visibility, the in-store availability of your products, past and present price, and consumer rating and feedback. Detail gives you a comprehensive ranking of your brand’s and products’ position at each retailer site. It even lets you keep track of what your competitors are up to. An easy to read interface gives you an instant overview of the current situation. And lets you dig deeper into products or retailers that you want to check more thoroughly.

 

Detail online merchandising

 

 

Easy to manage

A lot of effort has been put in to making the Detail interface clear and easy to use. With a lot of features, it’s an all-inclusive product that gives you straightforward and simple answers.
You can view it online or in the app, and easily see how your chosen product/s perform at different retailer sites. You can also set notifications if there are deviations from how your brand should be presented online at any retailers.

 

Turn every day into Black Friday

We have several different packages ranging from a simple status check to the full monty (not to be confused with the film) of your brand’s presence online. And once set up, Detail provides daily reports on how well you’re performing. That way, every day will turn into a Black Friday for your brand. Which is actually perfectly in line with the original meaning of the phrase: Black Friday stems back from the black ink used by accountants to mark profits (as opposed to the red ink used to mark loss). To this day, the saying “back in the black” is frequently used.

 

To get all the benefits of Detail, don’t hesitate to contact us

Case Studies

Retail Merchandising Program

CPM Australia Retail Merchandising Program driving sales in toy category

The challenge

CPM Australia appointed to manage Retail Merchandising Program by toy client to regain their share of business in the toy category. Through effective merchandising by our field sales team, our job was to increase “awareness, availability, and visibility” of key core brands. With over 1,400 product lines, our brief was to maximize our client’s in-store brand presence covering a territory of 2,000 stores.

Our Solution

By increasing awareness of our client’s core brands, our first job was to deploy dedicated field merchandising team per retail banner. This gave them the opportunity to build individual relationships at store level and become experts on those retail banners. Once these store alliances were secured, our merchandisers were able to attain at least 3 additional off location displays per outlet. By doing so, meant we were able to accommodate and customize in-store activity across the individual retail banners.

Results

Our excellence in field continued, we provided the field merchandising capability to activate a competitive advantage during periods of peak sales. Our client’s sales volumes and shelf presence increased dramatically resulting in a 16% sales spike and a 34% shelf presence increase.

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Mercedes-Benz

Merchandising, Visual Merchandising
The challenge

Mercedes-Benz contacted CPM Nederland looking for an outsourced sales agency with the goal to continuously improve the look and feel of their dealerships in the Netherlands. This included supporting the dealers by implementing and (re)place seasonally all their POS materials as per 2012 in and around the dealers. In addition to providing a team of merchandisers CPM was also responsible for the full coordination of this process and implementation.

Our Solution

We developed a dedicated and passionate team of Visual merchandisers including project coordination and support taking into consideration all necessary facilitating from Mercedes-Benz

CPM Responsibilities:

  • Performing the Visual merchandising activities in 3 rounds every year (spring, summer, autumn)
  • Collecting license plate information in-field
  • Merchandising activities:
    • (Re)placement of visual in-store merchandising;
    • (Re)placement of promotion displays;
    • (Re)placement of car information stands;

Results

  • 19 Events , 6850 Attendees & 2022 Enquires in 2017 as on 31st March.
  • 63 Events, 17117 Attendees & 5391 Enquires in 2016

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Vans

Merchandising, Visual Merchandising
The challenge

Since November 2016, we have been working together with VANS in the area of ​​visual merchandising throughout Europe. Visual merchandising finds its application at the POS (point of sales) – both in VANS owned shops as well as at shop-in-shop displays at large retailers or specialist stores.

Our task is to implement VANS’ European visual shop/shelf guidelines throughout Switzerland.

Our Solution
  • Dedicated Visual Merchandisers
  • Nationwide service
  • Retail: VANS Stores, Doodah

Results

  • Improved visibility of products and POS-Material
  • Shelf compliance, always according to international guidlines
  • Clarity and guidance for consumer in shop
  • Constant interaction with clients and consumers

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Mars

Merchandising, POS Merchandising, Sales, Sales Academy
The challenge

The CPM/MARS POS Merchandising Team consists 11 highly experienced POS Merchandisers who follow up the selling-in activities of the Mars retail account managers. We install eye-catching displays to create second placements in retail to drive maximum impulse. All merchandisers are joining the CPM Sales Academy to develop their skills during the year. The team is supported by a full-time CPM account executive based in Mars Veghel Office together with a full-time and dedicated MARS team field coach.

Our Solution

CPM developed a team of 11 POS Merchandisers supported by a client service team.

Responsibilities CPM :

  • Follow up secondary placement agreements made by Mars Retail Account Managers.
  • Merchandise activities:
    • Installing displays.
    • Stock management.
    • Using real-time reporting system and capture all installed displays with photos.
  • Frequently train the MARS merchandiser via the CPM Sales Academy to keep improving performances.

Results

Triple A
A dedicated team and full service model for A-B and C segmented stores in 3 channels.
A custom-made and real-time reporting tool for maximum control and insights.
A positive client survey confirms the quality of our work for MARS, as one of our longest partnerships in the Netherlands.

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Innocent

Merchandising, POS Merchandising, Sales, Field Sales
The challenge

Innocent contacted CPM in order to help them to disrupt the smoothie market by the use of our field sales and marketing expertise. Starting a test in 2015 visiting 60 franchise Albert Heijn supermarkets we quickly build a success story. Now our POS merchandising team consists of 4 junior representatives, part-time field coach and 1 account executive supporting the team from the inside organisation.

Our Solution

After advising Innocent how to approach the market and testing we knew exactly what success would look like. We created a path and plan winning at other supermarket retails and now visit the top 5 formulas in the Netherland. We build trust and secure distribution, create more brand visibility by e.g. placing POS materials and on occasion coolers to support promotions or second placement at high traffic locations in-store. By incentivising the retailers it helps to build more trust, fun and support whilst we’re not visiting the stores. The team are still breaking sales records every day and the success of Innocent in retail supermarkets is a result of optimising the shelf space and ensuring the product is fully visible in-store.

Results

With our contribution to their sales strategy, Innocent has reached the highest market share they have ever had and keep breaking sales records weekly.

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Heineken Netherlands

Field Sales Force Support to Drive Sales

The challenge

Heineken appointed CPM to help and support their Field Sales Force Team with a dedicated and flexible solution to ensure shelf availability, maximise brand visibility and drive sales with outstanding merchandising executions in the Dutch supermarkets.

Our Solution

CPM recruit and retain sales merchandisers for Heineken for more than a decade already.
By working closely together, not only selecting the right people and profiles for the job, but coaching and training them together ensures that the 2 teams are operating and feel “one green team”. Retailers experience one team seamless collaboration and outstanding performance. With a team of approx. 27 Sales Merchandisers each Heineken Sales Representative has the availability of ± 1,5 FTE Sales Merchandisers creating first class in-store merchandising execution on demand.
Merchandising for Heineken can be building up promotional displays and/or POS materials placement, as well as cooler and shelf optimisation and in-store theaters that increase product availability and drive sales. Together with detailed store reporting we deliver our insight-influence-sales brand promise on-going and for over a decade.

Results

We are proud to be the Heineken Sales Merchandiser supplier and have developed and brought many young talented people into the Heineken organisation. Most starting as Sales Merchandiser and being a Sales Ambassadors for the retail sector and supermarket , some of which still work inside the Heineken organisation in senior roles or having a great jobs at A-brands in the market. The real recognition comes from the Retailers, being together awarded for “The best Grocery Field Force Team” for years in a row.

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Heineken

Sales, Sales Force, Merchandising, POS Merchandising
The challenge

Heineken asked CPM to help and support their Field Sales Force with a dedicated and flexible solution to ensure shelf availability, maximise brand visibility and drive sales with outstanding merchandising executions in the Dutch supermarkets.

Our Solution

CPM recruit and retain sales merchandisers for Heineken for more than a decade already.
By working closely together, not only selecting the right people and profiles for the job, but coaching and training them together ensures that the 2 teams are operating and feel “one green team”. Retailers experience one team seamless collaboration and outstanding performance. With a team of approx. 27 Sales Merchandisers each Heineken Sales Representative has the availability of ± 1,5 FTE Sales Merchandisers creating first class in-store merchandising execution on demand.
Merchandising for Heineken can be building up promotional displays and/or POS materials placement, as well as cooler and shelf optimisation and in-store theaters that increase product availability and drive sales. Together with detailed store reporting we deliver our insight-influence-sales brand promise on-going and for over a decade.

Results

We are proud to be the Heineken Sales Merchandiser supplier and have developed and brought many young talented people into the Heineken organisation. Most starting as Sales Merchandiser and being a Sales Ambassadors for the retail sector and supermarket , some of which still work inside the Heineken organisation in senior roles or having a great jobs at A-brands in the market. The real recognition comes from the Retailers, being together awarded for “The best Grocery Field Force Team” for years in a row.

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Coty

Merchandising, Visual Merchandising
The challenge

Before Coty became a CPM client CPM already had the full Sales & Merchandising responsibility for the Max Factor Brand through P&G. When Coty bought Max Factor (and other beauty brands from P&G) in 2015 COTY started to get to know CPM better. Our Sales Force, 8 dedicated sales merchandisers and 1 service merchandiser along with our field coach and account executive are responsible for merchandising not only the Max Factor but also for brands as Rimmel, Bourjois, Sally Hanssen and Miss Sporty in the Etos drug stores and delivers flexible tactical solutions for recurring Service Rounds within Kruidvat, Trekpleister and ETOS, a challenging 1800 stores to be covered in 4 weeks time in the Benelux.

Our Solution

On-going we designed a team of 8 Sales Merchandisers plus 1 service merchandiser for Etos being able to handle quick and adequate and secure availability in stores. Our Agile team ensures that the Etos store are executed with excellence as reliable support for COTY ‘s own sales force team. The merchandising activities are out of stock and unit control, replacement of visual in-store merchandising, shelf optimisation and sales support.

Besides the responsibility of merchandising in stores CPM manages the coordination and handling of returns, the reporting processes of each service around projects, merchandising 1800 stores in a timespan of 4 weeks working closely with COTY and the retailers and handling the critical path schedule to ensure we deliver on target.

Results

Started in 2010 with Max Factor we still deliver a successful dedicated team of merchandising specialists and project team, plus for the recurring service around the support team to cover the 1800 store for service merchandising in the Benelux with approx. 45 additional FTE (beauty segment) trained tactical employees.

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