According to Transparency Market Research, demand for organic food and beverage – which was valued at $70.7 billion in 2012 – is expected to reach $187.85 billion in revenue by 2019.
As consumers become increasingly health conscious, they are spending more time perusing natural and organic items to ensure that the products align with criteria that may include dietary, wellness, farming, pricing and ethical considerations.
As shoppers demand better transparency into the products they buy, they are conducting research in-store and online along the path to purchase.
Because of this, natural and organic retailers need to provide consumers with accurate, detailed and up-to-date product information in order to empower shoppers to make purchase decisions.
But while the organic industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, many retailers still struggle to provide the product content consumers are hungry for when choosing organic items.
With product content encompassing everything from images to nutrition facts, ingredients, marketing claims and more, managing this product information and ensuring its availability when and where shoppers go looking for it can be difficult.
As natural products retailers work with their suppliers, technology vendors and product content providers to improve processes for product content management, retailers should keep in mind these three considerations for product information:
As the natural and organic industry continues to grow, it’s each retailer’s responsibility to act as a partner to consumers making informed choices. Often, this means better collaboration with manufacturers and partnering with product content experts. By ensuring the availability of accurate and consistent product information across all channels, natural and organic retailers will earn a trusted reputation and increase sales.
Paul Waldron joined Gladson in 1995 as a seasoned retail veteran. Prior to joining Gladson, Paul held management positions at the store, district and regional level for some of the nation’s leading retailers, including Jewel, Phar-Mor, B.J’s Wholesale Club, and immediately prior to joining Gladson, Wal-Mart. His extensive retail experience provides Gladson a deep understanding of its clients’ operational and business needs, allowing him to create business solutions that meet both their strategic and operational requirements.
Posted May 12, 2014