There’s never a dull moment. You are either harangued by your sellers or sales teams. You have to ensure KPIs are met while keeping track of every money spent or saved. Then there’s the obsessive following of the pricing wars and the accompanying promotions that need to be conceptualised and marketed. The life of a category manager is challenging.
Ensuring that your category outshines all others in the market is a Herculean task given the intense competition. Here are four best practices that can aid all category managers to analyse your category performance and strategies to improve sales performance.
One of the bigger challenges for category managers is to manage promotional space for your category. You can negotiate it effectively with a pitch that highlights the following competitive weekly insights:
Shoppers buy from their favoured outlets based on the pricing of the products. If your competitor’s promotional price is lower than yours in a given week, then your trade promotions could have poor outcomes.
Conversely, if your promotional price is too low, then it will be hard to validate the full cost to shoppers who might devalue your product. It is essential, as a category manager, you must monitor pricing relative to the competition continuously. Ensure the following pricing insights to stay ahead of the game.
It is critical to align your category management goals to the needs of your retailer. It’s important to understand the strategies, internal processes and in-store operations of your outlet. Here are a few insights to track and monitor based on the outlet’s strategies:
Data and insights will provide much-needed guidance when it is so easy to get lost in the minefield of category data. As a category manager, you need the correct analytical tools and skills. Here are a few data points to be on top of to manage your category efficiently: