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Category Management Training

As a Category Manager or a National Account Manager for a supplier to one of the big four UK supermarkets, you’ll constantly be reviewing your market data to understand how the retailer is performing so that you can keep them informed, to defend any performance issues and also be ready to explain the growth that you have possibly achieved.

Unfortunately this can often mean that we cannot see the ‘wood for the trees’. We may miss the big opportunities in the category because we don’t know the answer to the question, ‘Is your category achieving its fair market share?’.

Category archiving cartoon

Image courtesy of our cartoonist friend Mike Flanagan

On our Category Management training course we share with our Learners the importance of keeping ‘fair share’ in mind and not just getting caught-up in the month by month changes of the data. Over the last decade of working with suppliers to the big four UK supermarkets we have learnt the importance of helping our clients keep their eye on the big prizes.

Using this piece of our intellectual property – ‘The Fair Share Tool‘ – You too can find out the fair share for your category and your sub categories by identifying what has been achieved in the past. This tool has been inspired by working with McDonald’s because each restaurant knows its highest takings per hour, per day, per week, per month and per quarter. McDonald’s thinking is that if you can achieve it once, you can achieve it again. We have applied this philosophy to category management and made it easy for you to identify your best market share, and the value of achieving your best market share again.

For further information, you can find our Ultimate Guide to Category Management here.

If you believe you might benefit from a Category Management training course please contact us.

How did the fair share tool work for you? Please share your view by commenting below.

Darren A. Smith

About Darren A. Smith

Darren has been working in the world of UK Supermarkets and Suppliers for over 20 years. He began his career as a buyer at one of the big 4 UK supermarkets and after rising through the ranks he decided to leave after 13 years and set-up Making Business Matter. For the last 14 years he has run MBM, which is a training provider to the UK grocery industry. Helping suppliers to the big four supermarkets to develop the soft skills that will secure them more profitable wins.

One Comment

  • Freya Dykes says:

    Keeping an eye on the big prize is always essential and this programme seems to do this, which is greatly beneficial. Great article, highlighting the importance of focusing on the big prize.

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