Timing and Strategy of Getting into Retail
On this episode, Mark and Robb welcome master broker David Biernbaum back to the show to discuss the timing of getting your product onto retail shelves. They explore a number of practical recommendations on how to impress buyers during your meeting, as well as the technicalities of what to expect once you have a contract with a retailer.
As a manufacturer in the CPG industry, it always helps to have a broker working with you who understands the business already. If you’re lucky enough to get a meeting with a retail buyer, you have to remember that you are selling to the buyer, not to the consumer. Be prepared to explain how you’ll get consumers into the store, but the buyer needs to quickly understand that going into business with you will be worth it for them.
David brings a wealth of advice and warnings about the process of getting into retail, offering crucial insights you won’t want to miss.
David Biernbaum is an acclaimed consumer products and retail consumer goods strategist, consultant, and master broker of national retail sales, specializing in the health and wellness space, and driving success through a loyal network of independent brokers nationwide. Since 1977, David and his teams have brought success to more than 200 highly successful consumer brands by providing hands-on expertise and personal passion and energy, to help consumer goods clients build brands and increase retail sales and profits, without the “big agency” overhead and bureaucracy.
In addition, David is also an investor and board member who is always on the lookout for the next innovation, or brand. He is a “BrainTrust” panelist and blogger on RetailWire.com, a guest editor for CPG Trade Media, and a speaker on consumer goods and retail topics who is frequently quoted in Forbes, CNBC and in industry trade publications.
In 2010, David founded “Consumer Goods & Retail Professionals”, a LinkedIn group for members to share industry information, news, referrals and friendship that now has more than 70,000 connections. David resides in suburban St. Louis and is a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues, as well as the Tigers of the University of Missouri-Columbia, his alma mater.