Hit Rate and Bestseller Assessment: How to Empower Your Retail Assortment Planning and Allocation
Improving the hit rate and bestseller management are essential elements of retail assortment planning and allocation. Learn how to fully understand your bestsellers and how they affect your hit rate to make optimal use of your resources.
Brand Retail Best Practices – Six Areas to Work on this Year
We had two rollercoaster years for the brand lifestyle industry around the globe. Reading the interim financial reports suggests that the majority of top brands have grown, despite pandemic and the global supply chain crisis.
And brand retail continuous to be an essential part of the past and future growth.
Brand Sales and Distribution: New Best Practices that drive International Growth
International sales growth remains mostly volatile post pandemic. But as financial reports show, growth rates have decreased for many. Be it in the US or in Europe, especially domestic-bound retailers and brands stumble.
Global expansion in sales and distribution competence has become a lifesaving strategy feature, but allow me a question first:
Selling Brand Experience, LEGO’s Secret to Success
Everyone loves LEGO for the great brand experience they create for all of us. This strength makes them grow from one record year to another.
I’m honoured assisting them in growing international partner retail and own retail since eight wonderful years.
The Price is Right, Right?
Pricing strategy remains a very timely topic. Learn how to make sound research-based decisions when lowering or increasing your prices.
Managing Brand Retail Operations in Times of Cross Channel Journeys
Do you measure the payback of TV advertising, sports sponsorship and the profitability of your warehouses by EBIT? No?
Why then do you measure retail stores with the same role (branding, community building, shipment handling) by its P&L alone?
How to Compare Store Performance of a Retail Portfolio in Pandemic Times
Retail executives often struggle to objectively evaluate the store performance of their portfolio due to changing market dynamics and consumer behaviours pre- and post-Covid. The good old Footfall Utilization Index (FUI) might be of help.
Store Insights Can Speak the Voice of Shoppers. Are You Listening?
There was an almost sinister feeling of relief in the boardroom. Until a firm voice cut through the silence with a final question: Well done fleet review team. But which 5 stores are the most productive, which are the 5 least productive and why? (more…)
Post Covid Retail – Rethinking store processes & merchandise management
A healthy store P & L is still at the heart of happy retailing. As Covid-19 made it somewhat easy to lower rent costs, many took the same approach with store head count. But this will certainly cost future retail productivity and flexibility.
So how do you adjust store operations in Post Covid Retail without losing more sales and compromising customer service?
Retail Operations 2020: Time to Manage Outside of the Box
Barely 20 years ago all retail operations took place in high street store formats. Then cross channel happened, and now Covid-19, and efficient retail operations are utterly transformed.
In the early years of this century, brand retail operation felt like paradise. Store networks were growing globally and being an expanding head of retail was a fun job. Managing high street stores, factory outlets, concession stores and flagships, having CEOs promote direct to consumer growth, and even the CFO was happy. All that was needed for retail operation was easily organised and within the store ‘boxes’. But soon brand stores encountered mighty antagonists.
Post Covid Industry Best Practice in Retail & Online
The Covid-19 pandemic is devastating for those with pre-existing conditions. But it also mobilises the best in all others: unforeseen creativity, outstanding personal engagement, true loyalty and support among many more qualities.
There is no way around acknowledging that the situation is grim wherever you look and listen across the brand and retail industry, in parts even online. But if we pay close attention, we can also observe new brand industry best practice emerging.
How to Measure Staff Motivation: The Big Unknown
Staff motivation is notoriously difficult to capture. This article shows how to combine Footfall Utilisation Index with Staffing Index to truly measure staff motivation.
What Locations Make Your Retail Format Successful?
Despite constant change and disruption in today’s market, retail location is still an a key success factor. Do you know what type of locations are best for your format?
Drive Dynamic Brand Growth or Maintain Profitability: EBIT vs. EBITDA KPI Slam
After a tumultuous year that almost saw the company drowned by its previous strategic investor, German vertical retailer Hallhuber found a financial investor in Robus Capital Management. Management of both firms agrees to invest in brand growth.
Optimal Retail Space: How Big Should Your Assortment Be?
Finding the right assortment size is a key question for retail performance projects. Learn about a simple method to determine assortment size for retailers with several stores in comparable locations.
Retail Portfolio Management: Store Staff Performance
While excellent staff and service are what distinguishes brick and mortar from online retailers, staff performance is often overlooked in store evaluations. Two new KPIs help account for the human factor.
When evaluating a retail portfolio, very often mangers only look at the financial results of a store. But excellent service, competent and dedicated sales staff are a key differentiator of brick and mortar retailers. A fair and objective store staff performance evaluation is therefore increasingly important. This article introduces two new KPIs that help to fairly evaluate staff performance and to determine optimal staffing for each store in your portfolio.
Retail Portfolio Management: Renegotiating Your Rental Contracts
This is the second installment of a short series that dives into a few uncommon KPIs for successful retail portfolio management. Learn how traffic cost and footfall per hour can help you renegotiate rental contracts.
For many years, retail expansion was the main growth strategy in the brand retail world. More recently, however, brands increasingly face an under-performing retail portfolio. Realising that retail expansion doesn’t work without like-for-like growth of existing stores, brands are busy assessing their retail portfolios in order to focus on profitable stores and stores with potential for improvement.
Driving Brand Growth with Private Equity
Brand private equity investments have increased, but not all have been success stories. How can PE and brands work together successfully?
Over the last couple of years, brand private equity (PE) investments have increased strongly. Brand investments were very attractive, PE investors had a positive influence, but not all PE investments have been success stories. From my experience as a CFO in that environment, I’d like to share some learnings on how brands can grow successfully with private equity. (more…)
Engaging Associates: Best Practice Retail Operations at Polo Ralph Lauren
Your KPIs, dashboard and performance management are in place, but your retail operations are missing that final touch? This best practice story shows how new technologies can help you win at associate engagement too.
Put yourself in the shoes of a senior vice president of outlet retail for a lifestyle brand in Europe who runs a few stores across several countries. Your stores are commercially successful, and your brand is an anchor tenant for many landlords. But you observe that you could do even better by becoming more engaged in retail operations. Are you tempted to push that old KPI and performance management button to reach your full- and part-time store associates? And, how well has that worked out for you in the past?