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Somewhere, Over the Philadelphia Skyline

Posted by Megan Reinertson on December 23, 2021

I grew up in  very small town.  So small, that I knew every first, middle and last name of every student in my graduating class.  Mostly because I had grown up with the same classmates since kindergarten.  It was a sort of community where change rarely happened, and when it did, an opinionated wave of uproar and rabble spread, regardless of the change's origin or intent.  

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, Distribution, product movement, resets, retail sales data, CPG companies, national merchandising coverage, Data Collection, technology, #retailexecution, #storelevelexecution, #peoplepowered, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, jobs, hiring, Grocery, Teamwork, store resets, grocery retailers, new store set-up, grocery retail renovations, Event, merchandise organization, setup, Behind the scenes, in-house solutions, SAS Retail Services, SAS Retail, Labor, The Giant Company, New jobs

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

Getting in and Getting out

Posted by Megan Reinertson on January 7, 2021

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How do you encourage customers to shop, but also get them to do it quickly and efficiently?

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, general merchandise, trends, Distribution, jhooks, mapping, cpg, product movement, boost product sales, product cut-in, resets, retail sales data, in stock at the front end, CPG companies, build your brand at retail, set up displays quicker, POG, planograms, Data Collection, #restockingstores, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, COVID-19, #instoremarketing, #cpgcompanies, Stores, Grocery, Albertsons, TNG Retail Services, Health, Safety, #wereinthistogether, new distribution center, store resets, private brands, shopping trip consolidation, grocery retailers, in-store execution, shopper marketing, grocery industry change, new store set-up, grocery retail renovations

Categories Trending At Retail Create Need For Store Remodels

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on December 18, 2020

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Consumers, with the change in routine and habits are making different choices than they were even eight months ago. There has been a definite shift where money is being spent and this requires grocery retailers to act and change up stores in response to that shift. I recently attended a Supermarket News industry webinar that highlighted some of those changes. Some were surprising, others were not. Here’s a broad sweep list:

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Topics: Merchandising, millennials, trends, boost product sales, appeal to millennials at retail, #retailexecution, #storelevelexecution, #pointofpurchase, Health, store conversions, covid grocery category increases, in-store execution, grocery industry change, new store set-up, grocery retail renovations

Retailers Acquiring Stores or Setting Up New Distribution Reduce Headaches

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on November 3, 2020

Conversion to new ownership tagging made simpleThis year may escalate unprecedented changes to the grocery retail environment. Grocery retail, despite having a boon year for growth had previously been challenged on many fronts and the current economic climate, among other things, may mount those challenged retailers.
Amazon’s stronghold in the e-commerce space was made even stronger by consumers sheltering in place and trip consolidation. Direct to consumer companies are also gaining market. Shopper behavior, which has been shaping store sets and sizes, may also see dramatic changes. Categories that were often an afterthought at retail have come to the forefront.

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Topics: mergers and acquisitions, store conversions, new distribution center, store resets, private brands, distribution center conversion, consumer shopping rotation, shopping trip consolidation, covid grocery category increases, grocery retailers, ise, in-store execution, purchase grocery retail locations, shopper marketing, grocery industry change, pick and pack e-commerce, source of supply moves, new store set-up, grocery retail renovations

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