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Kurt Jetta

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4 Ways to Test if Your CPG Sales Baselines Are Accurate

For some strange reason we are fielding lots of inbound traffic from managers seeking a better model for baseline sales. This has been a persistent issue in the industry for at least 20 years, but only now are the calls coming…odd. For those of you not familiar with the concept for the CPG industry, a sales baseline is an estimate of sales in the absence of retailer price promotion. You can learn more about the concept in this sales baselines blog post and trade promotion optimization white paper.

Just know that without an accurate baseline, trade promotion optimization analysis will be inaccurate, and more importantly many of the decisions made from the analysis will be wrong. Some in the industry will say there are many ways to calculate a baseline (true), and given that, there is no way to tell which model or estimates are the best (false). There actually is a method for measuring which baseline estimates are the most accurate, and if you are interested in the technical details you can find them in this academic paper.

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Using Force For More Effective Selling Presentations | TABS Analytics

Few forces have shaped the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry over the past 20 years like category management. Originally, the domain of large firms with massive budgets, sev­eral improvements in information technology and the emergence of sophisticated, less expensive outsourcing options have largely erased the huge advantage these firms once enjoyed. Just about every company over $50 million nowadays has some kind of category management infrastructure and the largest manufacturers continue to increase their investment with headcount, software, data and hardware at retailer locations (on-sites).

But, as we argued in our recent webinar, the process of presenting category management findings in fact-based selling presentations to retailers more often than not remains mired in arcane procedures and complexities that churn out the wrong conclusions. There's a better way to deliver fact-based presentations to the retail trade: using the FORCE process.

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