Welcome to the October issue of The Grocery Trader, the monthly magazine for UK supermarkets, Co-ops and convenience store chains. With the days getting shorter and the party season looming, our features look at the tasty area of Big Nights In and treats for sharing. And don’t forget Halloween and Bonfire Night! We’re also covering Winter Warmers, the seasonal lines that become hot sellers in cold weather and include winter remedies, such lifesavers for shoppers when the dreaded lurgy strikes, as well as healthy traffic and profit builders for retailers.
A change of season can be a prompt for consumers to re-think personal habits and feel better for it. Similarly you can make changes in your business and see the results in your bottom line, according to our front cover main story. Honeywell’s new report reveals clever consumer goods suppliers are saving millions of pounds by evaluating and improving their Direct Store Delivery (DSD) operations, specifically the way products are ordered, sold, delivered and merchandised.
Based on feedback from consumer goods executives and directors from across the globe, Honeywell’s survey shows 49 percent of firms feel increased transport costs have severely impacted their profit margins in the past year. Meanwhile those businesses that carried out process re-engineering in this period to improve their ‘DSD’ processes have cut, or expect to cut, costs by nearly £500,000 annually. Around 20 percent of respondents also said they have experienced, or expect to experience, nearly £600,000 a year in tangible cost-savings through DSD process re-engineering, and over 20 percent of companies with 3,000 or more employees anticipate saving at least £1.5 million.
Consumers buying laundry products also stand to save on their shopping bills this autumn. Hot on the heels of Muvo laundry liquid’s successful launch earlier this year, SNG Commercial has expanded its laundry and household range with its new Muvo Power Capsules. Once again designed to offer big performance at a leading value price, the Muvo Power Capsules offer a super concentrated formula to provide a powerful cleaning performance and stain removal set to rival leading brands. Packaged in doypacks to reduce carbon footprint and waste, Muvo’s Planet Wise promise is to deliver ‘big results without big consequences.’ Stand by for more new, innovative products from this fast moving supplier before the end of the year.