One area of the grocery store that has consistently proven to have expired products every time we visit a store is the energy bars section. Like the rest of the store, products here expire due to a variety of reasons, whether that’s overordering or a lack of rotation. However, there is a simple solution that can help reduce your shrink in the category. When stockers are stocking new boxes of product, leave those new boxes unopened if there is already an open box on the shelf.
The “Register” is the cornerstone for any retail store. It holds an opening balance of cash and holds anyone with access liable. There are a number of problems that influence the balance in a register and have serious consequences for the business. Shrinkage is the loss of inventory influenced by factors such as theft, administrative error, damage in-transit or cashier errors that benefit the customer. Early identification of these issues will impact shrinkage and positively impact the entire business.
As annual digital coupon spending approaches the $1 billion dollar mark, we must examine whether the CPG industry is experiencing a shift away from free-standing insert (FSI) coupons to digital coupons. If the landscape is changing to digital, we also must ask whether digital move volume like trusty FSIs, and whether the ROI (Return on Investment) is similar.
As we close this series on loss prevention and unsaleable products, we explore possible solutions owners, managers, and associates alike can begin implementing to bring about vast improvement. In part one, we presented a high level overview of the challenges related to the loss prevention of unsaleables. In part two, we zeroed in on how stock rotation, product dating, and product discrepancies can potentially exacerbate shrink and create consumer confusion.
Previously, we presented a high level overview of the challenges related to the loss prevention of unsaleables. Specifically, we examined how logistics, shelf life management, and the coordination between retailers and manufacturers all play an intricate role in reducing shrink. All of these factors can be small pieces of a larger problem or, on the positive end of the spectrum, small pieces of a larger solution when adequate changes and adjustments are made to facilitate loss prevention efforts.
According to GENCO, unsaleables are products that are removed from the primary distribution channel. Although each has unique characteristics, unsaleable products can include customer returns, expired products, OS&D (over, shorts & damages), spoils, outdates, exceptions, warehouse damages, and deductions.
When it comes to unsaleables, there are several factors that can contribute to the overall numbers. One area in particular that can result in unsaleables is damaged products. According to FMI, the average annual sales for a supermarket—based on a weekly average sale of $516,727—is roughly $26,869,804. Within these numbers, the average percentage of unsaleable for a store is 2.7 percent with 4 percent of that margin directly resulting from damaged goods.
Those who are in the grocery store industry know that shrink is one of the leading causes of profit loss. Shrink is the difference between profits that should have been made versus profits that were actually made. Many inexperienced grocery store owners or managers end up dealing with hefty profit losses because they are ordering the wrong amounts of inventory or the wrong products in general.