Educated Consumers Want More
A combination of consumer trends are driving unprecedented disruption in the retail space. One thing remains clear: consumers are now more powerful, and their expectations are higher. Companies trying to deliver the products consumers want – when they want them – face tightening margins while working to make the supply chain faster, more predictable, and cheaper.
In the last several years, retailers have doubled down on store brands to meet consumer demands for high value, low-cost products. One out of every four products sold in the United States is now a private label or store brand, according to the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA). That translates into private-label brand sales of $128.6 billion in 2018, according to data compiled by Nielsen. Sales growth of private-label products is now three times higher than branded products, according to research firm CB Insights. Even with growth in retail, the industry faces challenges.
Consumers are expecting more variety, safety, and social responsibility from food and beverage companies. Known as conscious consumption, it encompasses personal health, sustainability, authenticity, organic production, animal welfare, ethical business practices, and more.
Globalization has made it harder to identify bad actors in the supply chain and assure food safety, quality, and traceability. Economic adulteration, fraud, and incidents like pesticides and heavy metals can occur without warning causing delays and hefty penalties. These issues can cause permanent brand damage.
The perception of private label brands as a low cost and basic alternative to national brands still exists among a large number of consumers. With increased complexity in the global supply chain including tariffs and trade wars among other issues, ingredient costs are rising which makes it harder to compete on price.
Retailers Have a Choice
TraceGains Helps Retail
A central repository to see all supply chain information in one place
Supplier & Item Compliance
Clarity and visibility on the compliance status for every supplier and Item
Configurable Dashboards & Reports
Data is extracted from documents and transformed into configurable dashboards
Allows retailers to author, publish, and approve specifications
Rapid Supplier Approval
Fast supplier approval with immediate access to required documentation
Powerful Sourcing Directory
Find suppliers, items, and services based on organic, non-GMO, and more
Supply Chain Software to Solve Your Challenges
Powerful Sourcing Directory
With 35,000 supplier locations, 300,000 items, and 2M+ documents to expedite qualification, you can source ingredients, cleaning and sanitizing products, packaging, and more. Search by country of origin, organic, non-GMO, kosher, and more.
Automated Workflows and Alerts
New suppliers are automatically reminded to submit all required documentation (e.g., annual audits, FDA facility registration number, C-TPAT, kosher, organic, etc.), and automatic alerts are triggered when documents are about to expire.
Static documents and information exchange are converted into digital records that can be extracted and transformed into configurable dashboards that allow everyone in the organization to spot issues and track progress at a glance.
"Before Supplier Management, we had about four people spending a combined 100 hours a week qualifying and onboarding suppliers. Now, we have one person spending about 20 hours a week on it.”
- Jared Keefer, Director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Say Goodbye to Supply Chain Risk
Gain complete supply chain visibility while automating supplier relationship management.