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What the Dollar Store War Means for Independent Retailers

What the Dollar Store War Means for Independent Retailers

Dollar General released a statement earlier today detailing its offer to buy Family Dollar for approximately 9.7 billion trouncing Dollar Tree’s current bid.  Market indications signal investors favor the deal for both companies.  Wal-Mart also announced on Thursday it is on track to complete 200 Neighborhood Markets by year end bringing its total to over 400.  The box retail giant is also in the pilot phase of its Express Market that aims to take the traditional convenience stores head on.  Which begs the question what can independent retailers do to maintain and grow market share in a landscape that is under constant encroachment by major players. Your independence is a strength, not a weakness! Independent retailers posses autonomy which leads to faster decision making that the big guys just can’t catch up to.  It’s the old football adage “Speed Kills.”  Take a risk, fail fast, and improve. Embrace being local. As an involved business member in your local community you can create customer loyalty in the ways the mega retailers can’t.  Embrace your size and use it to your advantage.  Get out in your community and find out what local shoppers are buying and meet those needs when & where you can.   Long Distribution is here to help you compete, and a great way to compete with mega retailers on price is our new line of household cleaners from Quick Stuff with an SRP of 2 for $3.  These products do double duty as a retail item and store cleaning supply....
Nutrition Bar Growth

Nutrition Bar Growth

The nutrition bar category continues to be an expanding area of consumer preference.  The subcategory of protein specifically is gradually making the transition from trend to staple within the category.   The latest Tastes & Trends article by CSPnet cites the “increasing demand for high-protein food” and the presence of protein in nearly every category within the channel.  GenerealTRENDS: Southeast by General Mills Convenience highlights Snack Bars/Granola Bars as a top twenty category with over $54 million in sales and 7.4% growth over the same period last year.  Within the category Nutrition/Energy Bar growth is up 9.6% over the same period last year.  Retailers can capture a growing segment of health conscious consumers by offering a variety of Protein & Nutrion bars and snacks. Long Distribution offers a wide variety of snacks to fit the bill from General Mills, Kraft, Met-Rx, Clif, & many more.  Browse our New Items & Full Selection to keep your set fresh with products to meet current retail trends. General Trends – Southeast 081214...