*Retail Meat & Supermarket Operators Help

18th November 2018
This site is dedicated to help for Retail Meat Operators, specifically  Independent Supermarket operators of retail meat shops in Independent  Supermarkets.

It covers everything relating to retail meat operations and includes articles helpful to supermarket operators.
After a lifetime in the retail meat business, this has been my contribution, 95% of which was  free, for about ten years to the trade I enjoyed so much.

I cover every facet of operating in the non-chain environment, I found out the hard way how different and difficult it was to change the mindset and methods from those of mega unit chain stores to independent market(s)

The approach to advertising, pricing, shrink, inventory, merchandising, customer service etc MUST be  totally different as an entrepreneur.

All this and more is covered plus available MS Excel spreadsheets to track and ensure a profitable retail meat business.

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Thoughts…

Supermarket, major or independents, are facing more competition than they ever have before.
Fair pricing, excellent customer service and well trained employees are a must.
Who is the trainer, and who trains the “trainer”, should be the first, and most important, question operators need to ask themselves.
This is critical!
Poor trainer means poor trainees!
Train them well, pay them well and demand performance.

Upkeep
Keep store upgraded constantly, clean aisles and shelving, super clean restrooms.
Cleanliness should be a priority.

Sponsoring.
To be involved with your community you should get involved with the Chamber of Commerce and donate to local schools sports teams with pancake breakfasts monthly in the parking lots
Hold food drives for the homeless and needy.

Inventory

Shrink is the bane of Supermarket operations, particularly perishables.
Inventory controls are essential, over ordering means shrink, under ordering means lack of sales growth and unhappy customers.
If your store gets the reputation of being out of product the chances of success are slim.
Control and monitoring through electronics, Spreadsheets is absolutely a must.

Weekly Advertising

Cannot be avoided.
Don’t make the mistake of advertising too many “non basic’ items.
Know each product’s contribution to gross product by department.
A good mixture of basics…flour, oils, etc and higher profit non food items is the key.
Some will be a cost, or below, and the the rest will need to be balanced to achieve budgeted profit goals.
Spreadsheets programs are the best way to achieve this, your department managers need to be “in on” this process to understand how to be competitive and still be profitable.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to match the lowest priced competitor…you will lose.
No two operations are the same.
Have a budget and stick to it.

Until next time.
Tony