2017 STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ALMANAC
TOP 5 0
The health and beauty
care aisle is a valuable
one to supermarkets.
THE HEALTH AND BEAUTY CARE (HBC) AISLE is always a tricky one for grocers. Usually with limited amount of space retailers have difficult decisions to make, not only on which products to carry, but which categories are the most profitable.
The current uncertainty of the state of healthcare only makes the task
that more confusing. Throw in other factors, such as an aging popula-
tion and increased competition from drugstores and mass merchants,
and merchandising the HBC section can be downright unbearable.
As part of the Grocery Headquarters Almanac issue, the HBC Top 50
tries to bring a little clarity to the HBC section—or at least let retailers know which products consumers are most looking for while in the
HBC section. Products were tracked at supermarkets, drugstores, mass
merchants, military commissaries and select club and dollar chains for
the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22.