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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

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

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

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

Why We are Your Trusted Retail Partner

Posted by Megan Reinertson on April 6, 2021

We are ready in a moment's notice.

Crisis can have so many meanings.  At SAS Retail Services, we see a crisis as an opportunity to go above and beyond.  Though Spring is upon us, Winter left some areas with a crisis as a parting gift.  

As a ferocious ice storm blew through the Northwest, one of the Safeway grocery stores in Portland, OR was hit hard.  The roof collapsed, the interior structure compromised and a frontline food establishment was shut down, leaving many without that needed grocery location.

We were called, and without hesitation, our Team began picking up the pieces. Clean-up immediately transpired.  For safety, the interior was only accessed by Albertson personnel and constructions teams. 

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, product movement, retail sales data, in stock at the front end, stay in stock, in stock at retail, CPG companies, build your brand at retail, set up displays quicker, culture, people powered, Data Collection, #retailexecution, #storelevelexecution, #restockingstores, #crisissupport, #peoplepowered, Crisis Support, Restocking at Retail, Retail Execution, Coronavirus, jobs, Grocery, Albertsons, Team Members, Teamwork, Resources, #wereinthistogether, store resets, distribution center conversion, grocery retailers, grocery retail renovations, #WeAreSASRetail, SAS Retail

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

Need To Switch Priorities at Grocery Retail?

Posted by Anita Baldwinson on December 3, 2020

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We are Ready With a Playbook

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Topics: Merchandising, logistics, resets, stay in stock, CPG companies, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, #cpgcompanies, Grocery, Anxiety, grocery retailers, in-store execution

Albertsons named Top Retailer for 2020

Posted by Megan Reinertson on July 24, 2020

Essential Services are synonymous now more than ever with the year 2020.  Everyday items and tasks once seen as instinctual, are now scrutinized and strategized.  The public demands a constant supply of these services but are at the ready to analyze HOW people involved are acting in their surroundings. fridge 1

Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, the retail and grocery ‘worlds’ stepped up their game.  There was no option of shutting down, only ramping up.  Delivery and carry-out service initiatives were made high priorities.  An increase in personnel and hours were needed to fulfill new procedures.  All of this done with low-inventoried cleaner, gloves and masks.

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Topics: Remodel, Merchandising, Retail, resets, culture, #peoplepowered, Retail Stores, Restocking at Retail, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Stores, Grocery, Albertsons

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