This is a question I was asked to answer on Quora. My answer is below. By retail I take to mean that the brand is selling in retail. Getting into retail is not easy and it is common now to sell direct before going into retail, so past sales history is usually required. Some measure [...]
How much influence do places like Walmart, Costco, and Kroger have over package size of consumer products?
This is a Quora question I was asked to answer. My response is as follows. Quite a bit for smaller vendors, which is what I know. Probably less with larger vendors. But it also depends on how much the retailer wants the vendor’s products and what gets negotiated in the vendor agreement. And the influence [...]
This is a Quora question about how retail stores could prosper that I was asked. My answer is as follows. I think it comes down to four areas. Exclusivity You are the only retail location that sells a product that consumers want. I think the product category that best fits this would be art. In [...]
This is a Quora question about the mechanism behind supermarkets’ special offers I was asked and my answer is as follows. Retailer category managers have run discounts, coupons and special offers to help temporarily drive up sales and increase traffic to their store section. They use them to promote new products or to reward existing [...]
What happens to the connections a distributor has made with retailers for your product if you decide to replace him?
This is a Quora question on connections a distributor has made with retailers that I was asked. My answer is as follows. That will depend. For fragmented retail channels where there are many retailers, you usually use a particular distributor because of their connections and logistical pathways to retailers. In these channels, it is easier [...]
How do I convince an established distributor to distribute my newly launched product when he already has many successful products?
This is a Quora question I was asked and my answer is below. These are the major considerations when selling to distributors, resellers or retailers. History/Sales Results Demonstrate prior sales results of your product either direct to your consumer, or through other distributors, resellers or retailers. You want to prove that your product sells. Marketing [...]
I see a lot of articles that highlight the industries/products with the highest markeups (e.g., glass frames, cosmetics, watches, etc.), but I’m not just looking for the highest, I’m interested in a more comprehensive list. Doesn’t seem to be transparent at all! Thanks for your help. This is a Quora question I was asked and [...]
How can a local retail store survive, or prosper, in the age of superstores and the Internet market?
This is a Quora question I was asked and here is my answer.I don't work in retail, but sell to retailers, so I can only talk from this perspective. In addition, while I predominantly sell direct-to-consumer with my products, with one of my companies, I have location-based sales that while not pure retail, is [...]
This is a Quora question I was asked and here is my answer. Yes, that is normal. Most major retailers charge up front fees, called slotting fees, some which can easily be high in the 5 figures. You cannot look at slotting fees without considering the whole range of retailer tradespend requirements and terms, because [...]