Progressive Grocer

JUN 2015

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188 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2015 Out-of-Stocks Supply Chain A re out-of-stocks out of mind in U.S. supermarkets? It would certainly appear that way at some stores, where the new item that went on promotion at the beginning of the week is now nowhere to be found — or across town, where Mom always goes to get 100 percent juice in her daughter's favorite favor, but hasn't been able to fnd for two weeks now. Te harsh reality is that the out-of-stock rate Journey to On-shelf Availability With out-of-stocks at an average 8 percent, everyone in the industry has a role to play. By Jenny McTaggart in supermarkets remains at a stubborn 8 percent on average, with out-of-stocks for promoted items often exceeding 10 percent, according to an eye-opening report, "Solving the Out-of-Stock Problem," released earlier this year by the Food Marketing Institute/Grocery Manufacturers As- sociation Trading Partner Alliance. "Tat out-of-stock rate represents potential rev- enue loss of 8 percent to 10 percent — or more — in an industry already challenged with rising costs to the consumer," explains Daniel Triot, senior director Photo courtesy of GS1 US

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