ROI of a distributor or supplier – business turnover, margins and rotations (in e-commerce and FMCG)

Retail excites me a lot because it is a simple business of buying and selling goods and yet it covers almost every complexity under the sun. It has a complex supply chain from raw material to finished goods, yet seeming so simple and convenient when we add items to our shopping cart in offline and …

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Are You Losing Money By Calculating Margins Wrong?

I spent time on Friday helping a client update spreadsheets and Excel reports that used an incorrect formula to calculate the margin on bids for construction jobs. While this particular client was looking for a margin of 25%, he was actually getting one closer to 20%. On a $100,000.00 bid, that can be the difference …

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Sell-in, Sell-out and Sell-through

For a retailer such as Amazon or Wal-Mart: Sell-in: how many units of a product is a manufacturer selling into the retailer Sell-out: how many units of a product is selling out to the customer (from the retailer) Sell-through is the same as sell out. They just invented it to confuse you. For a manufacturer: …

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Calculating Distributor or Dealer ROI

This is a post that is written on gyaanokplease.blogspot.com and the link to the original article is here. I just cannot emphasize enough about how well this article has been written and hence I've included even some of the comments. Thanks to gyaanokplease for this post. So probably the first thing that your distributor/dealer/stockist is …

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Service Output Demands and Sales Channel Design

Channel design is a crucial element in any product's marketing plan. It is sometimes the most crucial factor for success. A channel designed properly will bring in customers and increases your market share. Most of the times a channel is designed by the marketing teams and the structure and the maintenance is done by the …

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How the visibility budgets are used for price undercutting in FMCG?

If you speak to any Territory Sales In-charge or Manager (TSM) of a large FMCG company, they are going to mention one huge problem called price undercutting that affects their daily work. In an earlier post, I have written about how the wholesale trade leads to price undercutting. In this post, I am going to write about …

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