Category Strategy and Scorecards

The direction you need to achieve your goals. You’ve completed a category review or category assessment, ultimately identifying your biggest areas of opportunity to help you achieve your target goals and objectives in the category. Now what? 
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Category Management Mastery: The Skinny on What Questions to ask …

In case you haven’t heard … Things have changed! It’s time to face the facts. Our industry and category management have been evolving for awhile (decades, actually). And, although change can be hard to overcome, attendance at our live webinars last week for both Retail and Manufacturing organizations, as well as Solutions Providers confirm that awareness of the changes ahead is growing — and concerning to both practioners and leaders alike. Here’s why it’s time to face the facts and consider category management mastery …
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Are You Practicing Category Management Principles in a Non-CatMan World? You might be, and you’re not alone …

“We don’t practice category management in our company / region / industry.” It might surprise you that I’ve heard a version of this statement several times in the past few weeks. But the bigger surprise is that even in non-category management worlds, the principles of category management are being used, even though they could be improved for the benefit of both Retailers and Manufacturers around the globe. Whether you call it category management or not, you might be missing the boat if you answer YES to any of the following questions:
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Category Management Training Improves ROI on Your Data Investment

Data investments can be in the millions of dollars for organizations. ROI requires using it wisely — here’s how: If you’re like most organizations, you are purchasing more data than ever before, sometimes making decisions on what to purchase without creating necessary standards on when or how to use it to your advantage, but proudly adding it to the portfolio of data that your organization now has access to.  Are you maximizing big data? Read on to discover the 4 requirements for Retailers and Suppliers / Manufacturers to maximize data investments. 
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Where are your biggest collaborative opportunities internally? externally?

In this week’s podcast blog, the focus is Collaboration (also known as joint business planning). Today, we’ll define collaboration and why it’s so important to be successful as the future of category management unfolds. Plus, you’ll take away some key considerations to prepare for collaboration. So why does strategic collaboration in category management matter and what’s your status?
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The Future of Category Management (Part 2): Shopper & Omni Channel

My last podcast/blog identified areas in category management that need to change, driven by developing trends in the retail industry, the Shopper, their path to purchase, and more complex data and technology. This week I talk more about how Shopper influence and the Omni-Channel are changing, and the implications that each has on category management.
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What’s in a Best-In-Class Category Review?

Category Reviews are an important output from category management teams. They are developed for different purposes, including both internal and external requests, and usually require pulling in data from multiple data sources. As data becomes more robust and complex and as the Shopper comes to the forefront, Category Reviews need to evolve to reflect these changes, but the truth is, they often don’t. 
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The Future of Category Management: Why Things Need to Change

Consolidation is happening everywhere. Global Retailers are expanding. Drug stores are selling fresh food. Food stores and convenience stores are selling prepared meals. And Retailers and Suppliers / Manufacturers are selling in the omni channel.   So what’s the Future of Category Management? What needs to change?
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Category Management Certification: 5 Questions to Ask Before Starting

Are you thinking about Category Management Certification? Category Management certification has been around for about 7 years now, with professional standards, certification levels and requirements developed by the Category Management Association. Many retail and vendor/manufacturer organizations, solution providers and individuals have supported and invested in certification since Donna Frazier (the founder of the CMA) started with a vision many years ago. So how do you decide whether certification is right for you? Use these 5 questions …
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Top 10 Ways to Use Category Management in Retail (Small- to Mid-Size)

For the past 4 weeks I’ve been blogging and getting feedback from Small- to Mid-Sized Retailers on overall retail strategy and category management practices and approaches. I originally broached this subject based on a theory I had developed through one-on-one client training, professional speaking engagements, and larger discussions via social media. But being a data-driven person, I wanted to test my theory about this specific group of Retailers so I developed a series of anonymous, online surveys to collect more insight. Of note, the surveys were primarily filled out by Small- to Mid-Sized Retailers (<1000 stores) and we removed the large Retailers from the survey results for more specific results. Here they are:
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