The trade papers are riddled with announcements from manufacturers about their new product intentions. Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Pepsico, Nestle, Kraft and many others have announced their intentions to introduce products into a myriad of categories over the next three months. New product activity which largely took a hiatus in troubled 2009 is back with a vengeance. Every manufacturer we have talked with is hoping that they won’t need to pare their line down to make way for the new items.
How will these new products fare when many key retailers have significant SKU rationalization programs underway? Coupled with retail efforts to broaden private label brands, how new introductions will fare is anybody’s guess. Oh, that’s right, with ShelfSnap you no longer have to guess. Here is how two recent launches are faring. ShelfSnap and our Canadian field partner, ForeKnowledge, analyzed two 4th quarter launches made by two top food manufacturers.
New Item Introduction 1
The first product introduced two new flavors into an existing snack category product.
- Eighty percent assortment distribution was achieved across the top Canadian grocery banners.
- During the introductory period 20% of the shopper base was not exposed to the product at their primary store locations.
Positioning of the product (facings, shelves, proximity) were literally all over the category.
Here is an example of placement in three stores across one chain. New Product Placement and Facings
Same Chain – 3 Stores
The second inrtoduction: This was a five item launch in coffee.
- Overall, this new brand achieved a 59% assortment distribution.
- SKU Assortment achieved for the brand ranged from 47-65% across the various retailers.
- In retailers authorizing the new brand, the new items only achieved distribution in 81% of the stores.
- In authorizing stores 76-80% of items in stores that had agreed to list the items.
- Regardless of whether the chain has yet approved listing, 40% of all shoppers will have to work very hard to find this item. It is not available in their primary stores.
So, as this crush of new products is working its way onto the store shelves, what are YOUR objectives?
- What percent of the stores should handle these items?
- What are your assortment objectives?
- How many facings of each item are you hoping for?
- Do you have a specific shelf you are targeting?
- What would you like the new item merchandising next to?
- What items are you targeting for delisting?
- What existing items must not be sacrificed for these new items?
- If a new, competitive item is launching, how will your items be affected?