3 Ways Brands Can Combat Inflation by Leveraging Actionable Execution Intelligence

by | Dec 5, 2023


Inflation. It makes consumers more price-conscious and prone to bargain shopping, seeking promotions, or switching to cheaper brands.

Meanwhile, during times of inflation, cost of goods sold (COGS) also increases. Oil prices make transportation more costly. With such a tight squeeze on the supply end, and consumers also tightening their belts, it’s more important than ever to have eyes (and data) on every aspect of the supply chain. Battling inflation requires a holistic approach.

One place where we are seeing Premise customers make substantive changes is at the in-store level. Let’s take a look at how retailers are leveraging brick-and-mortar merchandizing as a key way to combat inflation.

Up-to-Date Price Tracking

As the old adage goes, “Mind your pennies and nickels, and the dollars will follow.” During a time of inflation, it’s vital to track how your products are being priced in-store.

But this is easier said than done. This data can be slow. By the time it reaches the computers at corporate, trends may have moved on. Some areas have also traditionally been data “black boxes”, especially in rural areas or developing countries. Data can also be difficult to parse. It often arrives in aggregate rather than at the city or store level. This is unhelpful when it comes to precision tuning your in-store merchandising.

That’s where Premise’s Price Tracker comes in. Premise shows, down to the store level, where your pricing guidelines are being followed–or not. A common finding is that rather than just discounting a certain brand, shopkeepers discount the entire category, rendering a brand’s competitive pricing useless. With store-level data, brands can hold retailers, down to the individual store, accountable.

Premise provides CPG brands with regular price tracking for SKUs sold within Mom & Pop stores across global markets, including pantry staples, competitor products, and key company’s portfolio items.

Offering In-Store Insights on Asset Compliance

Is your merchandising strategy actually working? You need to know, not just guess.

On a sweltering hot day, a cool drink hits the spot. This is especially true in rural areas in countries such as Pakistan, where refrigeration isn’t always available. A major soft drink brand, upon learning that 64% of sales come from powered coolers, banked on this by installing their branded coolers in traditional trade stores. However, because these stores are independent, they couldn’t simply ask HQ for a report on how these assets were being utilized.

With Premise, the soft drink brand was able to determine that storekeepers were not always using the company-branded coolers for the soft drink brand’s products. Further, sometimes the coolers weren’t even turned on, negating the effort.

Due to Premise’s insights, they were able to reinvent their strategy at the store level, take back their assets and increase sales.

Closely Monitoring In-Store Activations

During times of inflation, buyers seek out discounts and promotions, such as those found on end caps. But as of now, brands, who spend billions of dollars a year on promotions, often don’t receive the results of these promotions until the promotion has ended. In fact, more than 50% of promotions fail to have any impact on sales, leaving two-thirds of brands in the red after their promotional campaigns end.

One pantry item brand, new to their category, made the huge investment to display their product on end caps in mid-range retailers across the U.S. With so much upfront capital on the line, it was vital that they could show a return on investment.

With Premise, they found that only 14% of the stores were living up to the agreed-upon service level agreement. And 73% of the stores were not even carrying the product! Armed with this intelligence, they were able to ensure compliance when the promotion was still on.

How Does Rapid, Store-level Execution Intelligence Combat Inflation?

In the fast-moving CPG pricing and promotion space, legacy data is stale before it even reaches your inbox. Premise, on the other hand, provides invaluable execution intelligence for CPG brands seeking a competitive edge in local stores.

As opposed to legacy solutions, Premise’s uniquely smartphone-enabled technology delivers real-time visibility into how products are priced, promoted, and merchandised across retailers.

Dynamic decisions require up-to-date insights. That’s where Premise excels – tapping into a global community of contributors, they rapidly gather on-the-ground intelligence into in-store pricing, assessment management, promotion tracking and more. This unprecedented speed and scale helps CPGs identify gaps versus category norms, inform trade spend, monitor key competitors, optimize price elasticities, and react promptly when needed.

Premise turns timeliness into a competitive advantage.

As inflation’s grip tightens, CPG brands need more and more granular analytics. For CPG brands, rapid retail intelligence at scale is now a reality through Premise’s store-level solutions.