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What makes a supermarket successful? Well, many would say it is a combination of product, price and service, with a little convenience and safety thrown in. Others, however, are quick to add that the logistics of operating a food store are
even more important that these other factors.
After all, if you cannot get the product on the shelves in a timely
fashion, nothing else really matters.
Hence the reason for our annual Equipment, Design &
Operations Handbook. Our goal here is to offer retailers an in-depth
look at what is needed to run a grocery store chain from the inside
out. With the help of more than a dozen suppliers, we want to offer
the trade as much information as possible to enable them to make
the decisions that will ensure that product “A” moves from one loca-
tion to another in a timely fashion. And, we want to help retailers
decide what are the best ways to showcase those products once on
retail selling floors.
The pressure is on the retail community. With internet marketers
chomping at the bit, thinking that they can get products to consum-
ers in a timely fashion—at less cost—traditional merchants must
do all they can to show shoppers that they are ahead of the curve.
Creating this environment is of paramount importance to making
the consumer feel welcomed and safe in the supermarket.
But retailers do not have to do it alone. Many suppliers—for obvious reasons—are only too eager to help. Merchants need to sift
through the information and make the right decisions to offer consumers the best environment, not to mention making sure that products get through the complicated supply process in a timely fashion.
It is a difficult task, but far from impossible to pull off—provid-
ing, of course, that you have the right information to work with.
Grocery Headquarters annual Equipment Design & Operations Handbook
helps retailers run their back rooms.
BY SETH MENDELSON