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How to Optimize Your Retail Distribution Strategy

optimize your distribution strategy

A retail distribution strategy is one of the most important elements in growing a successful retail business. Your retail channel strategy can help or hurt your brand, so it’s important to have an effective plan in place before you launch a product.

To ensure retailers are profitable for you while generating enough volume to support your efforts, focus on these four key areas when planning your retail distribution strategy:

  1. Logistics: Ensure you can meet expected demand by determining how many units retailers will require, the ideal storage temperature and conditions for your products, and how quickly they need to receive new inventory after selling through their initial order. This data helps ensure that retailers have sufficient time to sell product while not leaving them in a warehouse too long before ordering more.
  2. Selection: One of the biggest ways a retailer distinguishes itself from competitors is by its selection of unique brands and beauty categories. Retailers may be willing to carry multiple lines within one category if they believe it will drive customers into their store, so consider whether there are complementary products or multi-brand assortments that would benefit them and their customers.
  3. Inventory Management: Make sure retailers are able to allocate inventory properly by communicating when new products will be available for order, how much they should reorder after selling through their initial shipment, and if there are seasonal or promotional shifts that may affect the timing of future orders.
  4. Pricing: Retailers base their final price on a number of factors, including the cost of goods sold in addition to local competition and consumer demand in their trade area. Ensure your retail partner is maximizing your share of each transaction while still allowing them enough room to cover all costs associated with selling your products so you can both make a profit.
  5. Delivery: Reaching retailers on time is essential to ensuring they have the latest products to sell. Ensure you understand their delivery requirements, including lead times, warehouse locations, and order sizes for each market, which will help ensure your continued success with them.
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 Having an effective retail distribution strategy is the most critical step in launching a new product. By focusing on logistics, selection, inventory management, delivery, and pricing you’ll be able to increase your share of each transaction. Which will help maximize your profit potential while offering retailers the opportunity to distinguish themselves by carrying unique brands and categories.

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