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Innovating at Grocery. GIC Event Lessons Prove Valuable.

Posted by Megan Reinertson on November 18, 2021
Grocery Innovations Canada's Live@home 2021 event was a great way for SAS to get a foot in the door, and create some dialogue within the retailer space.  After only a year operating in Canada, SAS Retail Services has acquired a seat at the Canadian retailers' table.  Along with the new products showcased, there were some interesting presentations. 
 
One such presentation titled: "Uniquely Ours", Harold Lloyd discussed the creation of "mini departments" within stores that could become powerful customer attractions and increase the experiential shopping feeling within grocery environments. He presented 40 ideas, stores only need to apply a few and they would already be on their way to creating experiences that are unique. Below is an idea for creating excitement around the grab-and-go sandwich. Screenshot 2021-10-26 104138
 
Other presentations focused on the labour shortage in Canada and provided ideas on how to improve recruiting and retention in the grocery space. One of our favourite quotes from the event was "Bottles, boxes, cans, and jars day after day is mind-numbing, we need to create memorable moments for our teams and give them something to look forward to." ~ Harold Lloyd. 
 
"There are a lot of exciting new products, technologies, and business opportunities that have come through even with the pandemic. This technology also includes the ability to partake in a tradeshow via online platforms. Without these advancements, we would not have been able to have such a successful tradeshow experience... It was, overall, an informative event, and I believe it really aided in getting our name [SAS Retail Services Canada] out to potential retailers in the market."
                                                  -Sabrina Bulfon, SAS Retail CAN Manager
 
Even though there was a primary focus on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG,) this year's event saw many retailers searching the virtual floor for technological support.  And, SAS' presence secured not only a name for retailers to turn to, but was successful in securing a relationship with one of Canada's grocery retailers. 
 
Time and time again, it comes back to the shopper/customer experience... When we look to that and satisfy that, everyone wins. Our innovations in our service offerings and our SAS ReboticsTM technology help retailers do that."
                                              - Anita Baldwinson, SAS Retail Marketing Director
 
With local being such a hot topic these days, we loved this idea. This retailer showcases local products at their front-end and, the great thing is one of our services is to help retailers realize their own original experiential creations through resets and renovations. 
 
Local_Products_Showcased_at_RetailWe look forward to building our solid presence throughout Canada as an innovative service provider.  No matter your projects, path, or business needs, SAS Retail can make your vision #possible. 
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Topics: Merchandising, cpg, boost product sales, front-end management, in stock at the front end, CPG companies, Data Collection, compliance, #storelevelexecution, #restockingstores, Restocking at Retail, hiring, store conversions, grocery retailers, new store set-up, Virtual, Online, Behind the scenes, custom software solutions, in-house software, SAS Retail, Innovation, GIC, Canada

SAS LAUNCHES TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS AT GIC 2021

Posted by Megan Reinertson on October 22, 2021

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Topics: compliance, technology, Grocery, grocery retailers, #possible, SAS Retail Services, #WeAreSASRetail, Innovation, Virtual Tradeshow, Out-of-stock, invaders, GIC, Efficiencies, Labor, Canada

We Remain People-Powered

Posted by Megan Reinertson on September 10, 2021

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Change is scary. But, change is also exciting.  It affords new opportunities, a chance to take what you've learned and apply it more accurately: an avenue of correcting and/or perfecting previous performances. Change encourages us to grow and evolve.  Sometimes, it delivers the avenue of growth we were not afforded.  

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Topics: Merchandising, product movement, boost product sales, CPG companies, culture, #storelevelexecution, #peoplepowered, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, #cpgcompanies, Team Members, grocery retailers, grocery industry change, merchandise organization, SAS Retail Services

Pandemic Puppy Purchasing: Opportunity at Retail

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on July 29, 2021

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Have you noticed, it seems like everyone has a new pet. On Facebook, a show of hands in any social group proves many caved and bought a pandemic puppy. Comments range from hell yes, to huge excitement surrounding the new fur baby (and a million pictures). Some raise their hands with some embarrassment (with pictures and pup names also included).

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly one in three of Americans adopted a pet, according to the Insurance Research Council’s October 2020 report and 85 million families own a pet." 1. In 2020, the pet category market size was $104 Billion. 2

So why are we, as SAS Retail Services, writing about the uptick in the purchase of puppies? At retail, the pet category is a complex category with multiple manufacturers, much variety, many, many SKUs. It's a category that can be quite profitable for retailers. It's also a category that, like those young pups, is HIGH MAINTENANCE. Here's a recent Supermarket News article about some of the challenges.

Keeping in stock is key and people just really like purchasing for their pets, so introducing a well-thought-through variety of products is also important. That's where we can help. Call us complex category crazy, but we love working these categories, and we are experts.

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Topics: Merchandising, compliance, #storelevelexecution, #restockingstores, store resets, grocery retailers, grocery retail renovations

Product Trends Require Another Pivot at Retail

Posted by Megan Reinertson on July 19, 2021

Covid-19 turned the world on its head.  We're defining new norms and what once made sense, is up for individual assumption and acceptance. Especially throughout the United States.  The Real Estate market had an astronomical increase rate over the last two years with no signs of correction, pet shelters' inventory is at an all-time low (YAY!) and auto-lots are practically begging people to trade-in their vehicles; almost making non-classic cars an appreciating asset.  Analysts are on a non-stop statistical hunt with our consumption and spending. 

What about shopping trends within retail? 

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, Retail, trends, Distribution, cpg, product movement, boost product sales, product cut-in, resets, front-end management, retail re-alignment, in stock at the front end, stay in stock, Data Collection, #storelevelexecution, #restockingstores, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, COVID-19, Coronavirus, #cpgcompanies, Grocery, TNG Retail Services, Team Members, store resets, covid grocery category increases, grocery retailers, in-store execution, grocery industry change, grocery retail renovations, Makeup, makeup aisle, beauty aisle, increase sales, merchandise organization, Behind the scenes

A Pop-up Gym Conversion Surprises Local Shoppers

Posted by Megan Reinertson on July 13, 2021

Retail stores go above and beyond your standard product

SAS Retail Services doesn't just stock, reset and remodel.  We assist local retailers in transforming their stores into elite gyms.  Just think of how else we can ramp up your store!

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, cpg, product movement, one contact for merchandising, resets, CPG companies, set up displays quicker, culture, people powered, #peoplepowered, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, #cpgcompanies, Albertsons, TNG Retail Services, Team Members, Teamwork, grocery retailers, grocery retail renovations, #possible, Event, #movers&shakers, stocking back rooms, merchandise organization, setup, #Tokyo2020, Conversions, Behind the scenes, breakdown

Alcohol Sales Lose Spirit: Opportunity at Retail

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on June 25, 2021

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As the country opens up there will once again shift in consumption patterns. Restaurant patios will once again fill. And, as confidence increases, people will move from at-home alcohol consumption to out-of-home consumption.  According to a recent CNN article, alcohol sales fell for the first time since the pandemic began.

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Topics: Merchandising, build your brand at retail

Diversity. unity. pride.

Posted by Megan Reinertson on June 17, 2021
A wonderful thing happened this week. 

On Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 the U.S. Senate passed a bill to make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday.  It made its way to the House's steps and was overwhelming voted in-favor of recognition.  Now, we move forward with June 19th being celebrated Nationwide.

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Topics: CPG companies, culture, #retailexecution, #peoplepowered, TNG Retail Services, Team Members, Teamwork, Chime In, #wereinthistogether, grocery retailers, #possible, Pride Month, #juneteenth, #pridemonth, #movers&shakers

Looking and Feeling Your Best is Back: Retail Opportunity Sparked.

Posted by Megan Reinertson on June 7, 2021

The masks are coming off and America is opening up.  The newest CDC regulations have sparked a new wave of interactions, and people are beginning to step back into the social light.  And, they're bringing pre-Covid practices with them.

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Topics: Merchandising, product movement, boost product sales, front-end management, retail re-alignment, in stock at the front end, planograms, people powered, Audits, Retail Stores, Coronavirus, TNG Retail Services, Health, Resources, store resets, private brands, grocery retailers, in-store execution, Cosmetics, Beauty, Makeup, looking good, makeup aisle, beauty aisle, increase sales

Shoppers are Returning to Retail. We're Ready for Them.

Posted by Megan Reinertson on May 5, 2021

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A rise in in-store retail shopping is underway. With the Covid-19 vaccinations becoming more readily available and easier to access/administer, people are feeling more comfortable with 'normal activities,' including grocery shopping.  A recent study by Inmar Intelligence found that 27% of consumers are headed back to the stores, while 38% will continue an online and in-store combo. 

But, what does this mean for Grocers and CPG companies?
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Topics: Merchandising, Retail, Distribution, logistics, mapping, cpg, product movement, product cut-in, resets, front-end management, retail sales data, causal data collection, in stock at the front end, stay in stock, in stock at retail, CPG companies, build your brand at retail, set up displays quicker, gig economy, planograms, people powered, Data Collection, Analytics, modules, #storelevelexecution, #restockingstores, #peoplepowered, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, Retail Execution, COVID-19, Coronavirus, jobs, #instoremarketing, #cpgcompanies, Team Members, store resets, private brands, consumer shopping rotation, covid grocery category increases, grocery retailers, shopper marketing, grocery industry change, #possible, Cosmetics, Beauty, Makeup, #WeAreSASRetail

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