That means spring forward
change the batteries on the smoke detectors
— BACKUP YOUR DATA —
Backing up your data is like flossing your teeth.
You don’t have to floss them all
just the ones you want to keep.
Backing up your data is like flossing your teeth.
Advocacy cards. They don’t have quite the same ring as loyalty cards do, but maybe get used to the idea?
While advocacy cards are not a living, breathing thing, advocating for customers is fast becoming the new way retailers should approach customer relationship-building beyond simple loyalty efforts.
While a loyalty card program rewards consumers for quantity of goods and services bought, advocacy cards could go a step further to inform the qualitative aspect of the retailer-customer bond— rewarding shoppers who buy healthy foods, for example, with points, gift cards or other incentives.
Sounds like a daunting task for a retailer, but it’s one that all retail channels should think about.
Retailer advocacy for customers was discussed during the webinar “Top Food Trends for 2016.” Sponsored by The Food Institute and BMO Harris, the session was comoderated by Phil Lempert, known as the “SupermarketGuru,” and The Food Institute CEO Brian Todd.
In addition to citing consumers’ thirst for additional product information along with coming to grips that the “retail world is in flux,” Lempert said advocacy might be the new loyalty. In that spirit, “focus beyond relationships and think beyond loyalty to advocacy,” he said.
Your consumers are already vigilant when it comes to the food selection process—like vetting a political candidate. They abide by concepts of “free from” and “less is more,” the latter meaning products with five or fewer ingredients and no artificial ingredients. Foods labeled with health attributes saw sales increase 13%, said Lempert, citing the National Grocers Association-SupermarketGuru 2015 survey.
The broad picture: A new way of eating will be defined by new proteins, algae, insects, vegetable, yeast, cricket flour and nut powders. Rewarding your customers for participating in the trend could incentivize those higher-margin items, and earn you goodwill and higher sales in the process.
According to a recent research study from Forrester, EDI continues to prove its worth as an electronic message data format. This research states that “the annual volume of global EDI transactions exceeds 20 billion per year and is still growing.”1 For buyers that handle numerous transactions, using EDI can result in millions of dollars of annual savings due to early payment discounts. From a financial perspective alone, there are impressive benefits from implementing EDI. Exchanging documents electronically improves transaction speed and visibility while decreasing the amount of money you spend on manual processes. But cost savings is far from the only benefit of using EDI.
Source credit: http://www.edibasics.com/benefits-of-edi/
A new customer to Insight reported that backOffice™ just saved him $280 because as he was adding in a purchase order from Lay’s he realized they were not giving him the items at the agreed upon sale price so he was actually selling the items below his cost.
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“Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has occurred?” ~ David Dixon
Years ago my Dentist said “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”* Your data files are the same way. Although a full system backup is recommended, backed up DATA files are a must. Insight Retail Software has a diversified group of customers ranging from smaller Mom and Pop Stores to larger chains of stores. The common thread between Big Stores, Little Stores, Liquor Stores, Convenience Stores, Hospital Gift Shops, Retail Stores, Beauty Supply or Flea Markets is valuable computer data.
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My Monday morning advice is: Floss your teeth and backup your computer!
* “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth,
just the ones you want to keep.”
~ Dr. Edwina Hunter
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Walmart has launched a new “Pay with Cash” option for its Walmart.com customers. Online shoppers can now pay for their purchases with cash at any physical Walmart location. At checkout, web shoppers who choose “cash” as the payment option will receive an order number and an email receipt. Customers then have 48 hours to present that order number at the cash register of any physical Walmart store to complete payment, at which point the shipping process is initiated.
Walmart says its decision to offer a new payment option is motivated by FDIC statistics on the underbanked. The FDIC estimates that 25 percent of U.S. consumers have limited banking options, and therefore prefer cash to make purchases. The release also revealed that just 15 percent of Walmart transactions are completed with credit cards.
A full release announcing the new feature is available at Walmart.com.