Section 1: Getting Started


Navigating the first few years of your journey as a consumer packaged goods (CPG) business can be a daunting task, especially when starting from scratch. That's why we created the 0→1st Retailer Playbook — a comprehensive guide designed to walk you through everything you need to know as you build and grow your CPG brand.

This course is perfect for anyone passionate about launching a CPG brand or establishing a CPG company but feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about the process. You might be asking yourself:

  • How do I build my brand and get customers to like me?

  • How do I manufacture and distribute my product?

  • How do I (sustainably) expand my business?

We've all encountered challenges and made mistakes while seeking answers to these questions. Now, we're excited to share the lessons we've learned so you can avoid common pitfalls in the CPG industry.

This playbook will cover essential topics related to bringing your CPG idea to life, including:

  • Transforming an idea into a viable product that meets consumer demand

  • Choosing the best sales channels for your product, whether that’s in retail stores or through online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, or Costco

  • Scaling and selling your product across various channels, both in-store and in the growing e-commerce market

  • Ensuring efficient production and supply chain management

  • Raising funds for growth and launching direct-to-consumer initiatives

  • Navigating your retailer relationships

Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or an established CPG founder seeking to expand your reach, this playbook is designed to address your immediate concerns and long-term goals

We’ve divided the playbook into sections that map to a CPG company’s typical evolution. Here’s an overview of what we’ll cover:

  1. Getting Started: Familiarize yourself with common CPG industry terms and learn how to create a memorable brand.

  2. Pre-Retail: Transform your idea into a market-ready product and begin selling your product through various channels, targeting both online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

  3. Operations: Optimize production and transportation for efficiency and cost effectiveness in your supply chain.

  4. Retail 101: Once you have gotten some transaction through some e-commerce and direct-to-consumer channels, learn how to expand into big name retail stores and best practices in managing your retail growth

  5. Fundraising: Secure the necessary funds to support your business growth in the competitive CPG market.

We hope that this playbook will help you gain the confidence and knowledge you'll need to successfully launch and grow your CPG brand.

The Complete CPG Glossary

One of the most confusing things about CPG is the industry’s love of acronyms. Seriously, there are a lot of them.

So, before getting started, we wanted to provide you with a comprehensive (or, you know, as comprehensive as we could get it) glossary of all the acronyms and terms you’re likely to encounter while building your brand.

You can read through it if you’d like, or just refer to it whenever you need to!

Key CPG Terms That Every Trade Professional Should Know

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Branding 101

Starting a CPG company without any previous CPG or startup experience isn’t easy.

But bringing a fresh perspective to the CPG industry can have its advantages as well — you just have to know how to get started.

The first step? Making sure you build a solid and memorable brand. If you’ve never designed a product or built a brand from the ground up, fear not. Here’s everything you need to keep in mind.

The first thing you need to know about the CPG industry is that it’s really crowded. From snacks and beverages, to cleaning products and cosmetics, new CPG brands pop-up almost weekly. The second thing you should know is that, while the CPG market is crowded, consumers are more willing than ever to experiment with new brands and new products.

But in order to launch successfully, gain customers and grow your business, you’ll need a robust plan.

It’s estimated that around 75% of CPG product launches fail to deliver on expected outcomes. You don’t want your product to become one of these statistics.

So, how do you launch a successful CPG brand or product?

We’ve pulled together a comprehensive checklist of the fundamentals for you to follow and tick off as you go along.

1. perfect your recipe

Consumer products can be a tough nut to crack, so you want to make sure you’ve done all your research before you begin.

While you may have the perfect recipe for a food, beverage, cosmetic, or other CPG product, it’s still essential that you know your product, your competitors, and your pitch, like the back of your hand.


  • Research the competition — who is winning the most market share and what are they doing right? Be sure to answer the following questions:
  1. What is the average price point of your competitors’ product?How does that compare with what you have in mind?
  2. What claims do they make on their packaging? What is their aesthetic and how can you stand out?
  3. What stores and categories are they in?
  4. On average, how much product are they selling each week? (this is something you can ask the store’s buyer!)

  • Make a sourcing game plan — figure out what ingredients and supplies you’ll need and start talking to suppliers. Important information you’ll want to cover with each supplier:
  1. What are their minimum order quantities?
  2. How much is shipping and do they offer discounts for bulk purchases?
  3. How long will it take for your order to get to you?
  4. Also be sure to let them know about your estimated volumes, your production process, packaging restrictions, and any other pertinent information

  • Document everything — you don’t want to realize that iteration #3 was better than iteration #17 and not know what was different
2.  Figure out your story

Before you launch a CPG product, you should face one harsh reality: the CPG market is pretty saturated. Consumers today can take their pick from dozens of brands all offering very similar products.

So what can you do to make your products stand out on a crowded shelf? Why do customers flock toward specific brands? In a word: storytelling. A great brand story will not only catch customers’ attention, but it’ll also engender brand loyalty.
But what makes for a good brand story?

Naming and messaging

The who, what, and why of your brand form the basis of your brand story and should be consistent across all your assets.

We get it: naming things is hard. But the name of your brand is important for getting people’s attention. It should stand out, resonate with your target demos, and hint at your personality, experience, and/or ingredients. And clever wordplay doesn’t hurt either.
When you’re crafting your brand story, be sure to include the following:


Why are you in business? Why should people care?


What does your brand prioritize? Whether you’re about fair-trade ingredients, sustainability, diversity, or fair pay for suppliers, don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve.


What tone is your voice with customers through packaging, site, emails, advertising, chatbots, branded memes, and customer service? Do you push the boundaries like Liquid Death? How do you feel about puns?


While your branding is important, don’t forget that storytelling goes beyond words! Be sure to take into account what emotions you want to evoke in consumers and how you’re incorporating tastes, textures, and scents into your overall experience.


  • Go through a values exercise to determine 2-3 things you want your brand to stand for
  • Do some early consumer research — ask friends and family what words, images, and feelings come up for them when they interact with your product
  • Use these to create a v1 of your brand story
  • Try ordering some different packaging samples!
3. Create your website

Regardless of what distribution path you eventually choose (you can read more about your distribution options in the subsequent chapters), it's important that you have a website where people can read more about your products.

The home base of your brand should include 1) who you are 2) what you make 3) what makes your product different 4) where they can buy your products and (ideally) 5) social proof from real customers who enjoy your product.


  • Figure out the “why” and “how” of your business
  • Sketch out a wireframe of how you want to lay out your website — don’t be afraid to start with just 1-2 pages!
  • Write copy that aligns with your customer needs and pain points — remember, you don’t have to appeal to everybody
  • Establish your brand color palette
  • Create high-quality images or videos that establish credibility (if you're not a photographer yourself, this is something to consider investing in!)
4. Design your packaging

This is where your brand creates its first impression. Your packaging needs to represent your product, draw the eye, and persuade consumers to pick it up off the shelves.
When you first start out, you’ll just be testing the waters with your minimum viable product (MVP). Don’t worry too much about getting it perfect - your MVP is a chance to test out ideas and get customer feedback so you can iterate and improve.
So what factors come into play for CPG packaging?

The colors

How do you want your customers to think or feel when they see your packaging?
The colors you choose can play a significant role in eliciting a certain reaction — for instance, products that value their organic status or want to highlight natural ingredients will often use packaging materials in tones of green and yellow.
Fonts and patterns are equally as important. Do you want to convey fun, luxury, or down-to-earth values? The fonts and patterns you choose will help reflect those brand values.

The material

What material are you using to package your food or beverage product?
If your brand is championing sustainability, the packaging should be an extension of that philosophy. You probably don’t want a product that boasts about sustainably sourced ingredients to come wrapped in shrink wrap or other non-recyclable materials.


How are your customers going to use your product? If it’s an energy drink, they’ll probably want to take it to the gym. If so, a carton might not be very practical as it won’t fit into cup holders.

Steer clear of over-packaged or hard-to-open items. You don’t want to make it difficult for your customers to access your product or they might be deterred from purchasing it again.


  • Define your customer, if you haven't already — who are they? what are they influenced by? What are their goals/pain points?
  • Survey your competitors and take notes on what you like and don't like — what are they missing that you can capitalize on?
  • Write down which ideas or feelings you want your customers to have about your brand when they see your packaging.
5. Write your labels

Now it’s time to consider what information you’ll display on your packaging.

It might be the ‘boring’ part, but you must comply with The Fair Packaging and Labelling Act and Uniform Packaging and Labelling Regulations.

You’ll need:

  • Product identity
  • Net weight
  • Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
  • Ingredients list
  • Nutrition labelling: serving size, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
  • Any required allergy labelling

Make sure that all of this information is easily accessible and easy to read on your packaging.


  • Read the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
  • Read the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations
  • List your ingredients
  • Research your products’ nutritional facts
  • Research which of your ingredients are potential allergens.
  • Create your label
6. Price

While you might have started your CPG brand out of love and passion, you can’t live on love alone. At the end of the day, a successful CPG product is one that makes you money.

We recommend that you do some pricing research before you make your final branding and packaging decisions — you don’t want to fall in love with super-expensive packaging and inadvertently price out your target consumers. Be sure to create a pricing sheet that includes all your COGs (cost of goods) – this includes packaging materials, raw ingredients and materials for your product, storage, freight, freelancers, and more. When you’re choosing your packaging and calculating your costs, think about where you can reduce your costs to make your product more accessible.


  • Conduct pricing research — what are your competitors charging? What does your target consumer typically spend on your product category and how often?
  • Figure out the typical consumer behavior for your target customer base and identify consumer demand trends for your given category
  • Create a budget where you can easily keep track of all your costs
7.  Demo your product

For emerging CPG brands, live demos are not just important, they're downright essential. Think about it - what better way to make an impression on consumers than by having them taste and experience your product first-hand? Unlike other marketing methods, live demos offer a tangible, sensory experience that can't be replicated elsewhere. They allow consumers to see, touch, smell, and most importantly, taste your product. If your product is as good as you believe it is, then it becomes its own best spokesperson. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding - or in this case, the snack!

Moreover, demos and trade shows also provide an invaluable opportunity to understand the market better. You get real-time feedback from consumers, uncovering insights about their preferences, buying behavior, and consumption patterns. This feedback is pure gold for emerging CPG brands. It provides a deeper understanding of your target audience, helps fine-tune your product offering, and shapes your overall brand strategy. So, roll up those sleeves, set up that demo booth, and let your product do the talking! Because, in the world of CPG, tasting truly is believing.

Social media

Have you set up social media pages for your brand? It’s the perfect place to generate organic content. You can answer questions about your products, promote your mission and tell your story!

Paid ads

Get familiar with pay-per-click (PPC) marketing and begin to create ad campaigns that sell your products. Testing is key. Invest a small amount of money into ads to begin. Whichever ads show the highest return on investment (ROI), that’s when you ramp up the budget.
Know of an influencer in your space that might be interested in your product? If they align with your values, it might be worth getting them to give your products a try and shout you out.


  • Make a list of all the trade shows relevant to your industry. Consider the cost of attending, the audience reach, and the potential benefits, and prioritize the ones that offer the most value for your brand. Attend local farmers' markets, food festivals, or community events and book a booth for live demos. It's an excellent way to generate local buzz and get immediate feedback.
  • Develop a sampling strategy for your demos. Make sure your product is presented in the most appealing way, and that it's easy for attendees to taste and enjoy.
  • Use live demos as an opportunity to get direct customer feedback. Have a system in place to capture feedback effectively - this could be as simple as a notebook for comments, or a more structured survey form.
  • Try to capture contact information from interested consumers for future marketing. Consider offering a small incentive like a discount coupon or entry into a prize draw.
  • Collaborate with other complementary brands for live demos. This can help you reach a broader audience and create mutually beneficial relationships.

Ready, set, launch!

Remember, don’t make perfect the enemy of the good. As a founder, you may never be entirely happy with your product and will always find improvements to make.

But when it comes to launching a successful CPG brand, testing the market and getting consumer feedback are key.

As long as you’ve used this list to cover the fundamentals and develop your MVP, the sooner you launch the better.

The motto: launch fast and stay flexible!

ACV (All Commodity Volume): The total sales volume of all products in a store or market.

AFH (Away From Home): Distributors who serve the restaurant industry and other ‘on-site food service’ operations. 

AFS: AFS Technologies is a provider of software solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. Their solutions help manufacturers and retailers to manage their sales, trade promotions, supply chain, and data analytics.

Air Conditioned: A product stored or transported in a temperature-controlled environment to maintain its quality.

Aisle-End Display: A promotional display at the end of an aisle in a retail store.

ARP (Average Retail Price): The average price at which a product is sold to consumers at retail stores.

Assortment Planning: The process of selecting and organizing a range of products to be sold in a store or market.


B2B: An abbreviation for Business-to-Business, which refers to transactions between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers.

Back-End Rebate: A rebate paid by a manufacturer to a retailer after a certain volume of products has been sold.

Beverage or Alcohol: Not all fulfillment providers have the capabilities to store, pack, and ship liquids, especially those containing alcohol. Fulfillment providers that specialize in handling beverages or alcohol must comply with additional regulations and requirements, such as obtaining necessary licenses, to ensure the safe and legal handling of these products.

Billback: A payment made by a manufacturer to a retailer to compensate for a promotion or discount given to a customer.

Blind Shipment: A shipment that is sent directly from a manufacturer to a retailer, without the retailer knowing the identity of the manufacturer.

BOGO (Buy One, Get One): A promotional offer where customers can buy one product and get another product for free or at a discounted price. Brand Equity: The value and perception of a brand in the marketplace.

Brand Manager: The person responsible for overseeing a brand's marketing and development.

Broker: An intermediary who connects manufacturers and retailers. Brokers help brands open, negotiate with, and maintain retail accounts.

Buy-in Windows: The industry timeframes during which sales promotions are launched.


Case Pack: The number of units of a product in a case.

Case Stack Deal: A promotion in which a retailer offers a discount when a certain number of cases of a product are purchased at once.

Category Captain: A manufacturer or supplier who is responsible for managing a specific category of products in a retail store.

Category Management: The process of managing a specific category of products in a retail store.

Certifications: Refers to the different types of certifications that a CPG (consumer packaged goods) company can obtain to demonstrate their compliance with various standards. 

Chargeback: A deduction made by a retailer from a payment to a manufacturer to compensate for errors or discrepancies in the shipment or invoice.

Co-Op Advertising: A form of advertising where manufacturers and retailers share the cost of advertising a product.

Consumer Insights: Information about consumer behavior and preferences used to inform marketing and product development strategies.

Co-packer: A company that packages products for their clients. Co-packing technically refers to a process that only involves putting finished goods into a finished package but also gets used, interchangeably, with “co-man” which refers to a 3rd party company that produces and packages the product.

Co-pack fee: the cost that a manufacturer charges for filling and packaging a brand’s product. Depending on the co-packer, this service can be charged by unit, case, hour, or day. 

Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): The cost of producing or acquiring a product, including materials, labor, and overhead.

Coupon/Hang Tag/Digital Ad: Refers to various forms of advertising and promotion, including traditional paper coupons, hang tags attached to products, and digital ads displayed online or in mobile apps.

Coupon Handling: The process of managing and redeeming coupons, including verifying their validity and reimbursing retailers for the discounts they offer.

CPG Profitability: The ability of a consumer packaged goods company to generate profits from its products, taking into account factors such as production costs, marketing expenses, and pricing strategies.

Cross-Merchandising: The practice of displaying complementary products together to increase sales.

Cut-in: The process of introducing a new product to a retailer's inventory, usually involving negotiations between the supplier and the retailer.

Cutoff Date: The date by which an order must be placed to ensure delivery by a specific date.


DC (Distribution Center): A central location where products are stored and distributed to retail stores or other distribution centers.

Deductions: Amounts deducted from a payment to a manufacturer by a retailer or distributor.

Delivery Window: Refers to the expected time frame between the shipment of a product from the fulfillment center to its arrival at the end recipient. 

Demographics: Characteristics of a population, such as age, gender, income, and education, used to inform marketing strategies.

Direct Store Delivery (DSD): A distribution model where products are delivered directly from a manufacturer to a retail store.

Display Allowance: A payment made by a manufacturer to a retailer to compensate for the cost of creating a promotional display.

Distribution: The process of getting products from a manufacturer to a retailer or end customer.

Distributor: Distributors buy a brand’s product, at an agreed-upon price, store it in their distribution centers, and transport it to retailers. They also offer many other services around things like data, marketing, merchandising, etc.

Dot Foods: A food redistributor that works with manufacturers and suppliers to distribute products to retailers and other customers.

DTC/D2C: Acronyms for Direct-to-Consumer and Direct-to-Customer, which refer to business models in which companies sell products directly to consumers rather than through retailers or other intermediaries.


E-commerce: The buying and selling of goods and services online, typically through a website or mobile app.

E-commerce Integrations
: The process of connecting an e-commerce platform with other systems, such as inventory management software or payment processing tools, to streamline operations and improve efficiency.

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange): The electronic exchange of business documents between trading partners.

EDLP (Everyday Low Prices): A pricing strategy in which retailers offer consistently low prices on their products, rather than relying on frequent sales and promotions to attract customers.

EDV (Everyday Value): A pricing strategy in which retailers offer products at a consistently low price, often lower than the average market price, to appeal to cost-conscious consumers.

Endcap: A promotional display located at the end of an aisle in a retail store, typically used to showcase new or seasonal products or to promote sales and discounts. Endcaps are valuable advertising real estate in stores because they are highly visible and draw attention from shoppers.

Exit Strategy: A plan for ending a business or product line.

Expiration Date: The date by which a product must be sold or consumed.


FDM (Food/Drug/Mass): Refers to a channel of trade. ‘Food’ is standard conventional grocery stores. ‘Drug’ is drugstores. Mass is Walmart and Target, things that are national and sell more than groceries.

FIFO (First In, First Out): An inventory management method where products are sold or used in the order in which they were received.

Fill Rate: The percentage of order items that are shipped and delivered on time and in full.

Fixture: Any piece of furniture or equipment that is fixed in position and displays products. Fixtures are strategically arranged within the store to streamline the shopping experience and entice customers to buy.

FOB: Freight on Board, the price paid by a distributor when they pick up a product from the manufacturer.

Food-Grade: Food-grade refers to facilities that are specifically designed and maintained to meet the sanitation, security, and safety requirements for storing, packing, and shipping food products. These facilities must adhere to strict guidelines and regulations to ensure that the products stored are safe for consumption.

Free Fill: Product sold to retailers at "no charge" in order to gain distribution at said account.

Freight: The cost of shipping products from a manufacturer to a retailer or end customer.

FSI: Free Standing Insert, refers to a manufacturer's coupon that is placed inside a newspaper or magazine.


Gross Margin: The difference between the revenue generated by a product and the cost of producing or acquiring the product.

Gross Sales: The total revenue generated by a product or group of products.


HBC (Health and Beauty Care): Consumer Packaged Goods (CPGs) that are associated with looking and feeling good. HBC products include a wide range of items such as cosmetics, skincare products, hair care products, personal hygiene products, vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications, and more. 

Hip Pocket Deal: A deal given to a retailer or broker that’s reserved only for select accounts.

Hotline: A telephone service established by a company to receive and address customer complaints, inquiries, or feedback related to their products.


In-Store Marketing: The use of marketing tactics within a retail store to promote a product or brand.

Incremental Volume: The additional sales volume generated by a promotion or marketing campaign.

Intro Deal: Deal given to a distributor when a product is first authorized.

IRC: Instantly Redeemable Coupon, a coupon that’s meant for immediate use.

IRI: Information Resources, Inc. A company that collects sales data and sells its reports to manufacturers.

Item Master: A database that contains information about a company's products and inventory.


Joint Business Planning: A collaborative planning process between manufacturers and retailers to develop strategies for growing a category or product line.


Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Metrics used to measure the performance of a business or product line.

Kitting: Refers to the process of prepping frequent orders into "kits" that are ready for shipment. Unlike pick and pack, which involves picking individual orders, kitting involves forecasting a number of certain types of orders and prepping them in advance.


Landed Cost - Distributor: The cost for a distributor that picks up a product, including freight charges.

LE: Latest Estimate, Typically referring to planning trade or revenue.

Lead Time: The amount of time between placing an order and receiving a shipment.

Lift %: The increase of Sales $ (revenue) or Volume (# of units sold) as a result of in-store promotions. 

Line Review: A process where a retailer evaluates a manufacturer's product line to determine which products to carry in their stores.

Logistics: The process of planning, implementing, and controlling the movement of products from a manufacturer to a retailer or end customer.

Loss Leader: A product sold at a low price to attract customers to a store.


Margin: The difference between the cost of producing or acquiring a product and the price at which it is sold.

Market Basket Analysis: An analysis of the products that customers purchase together to identify complementary products and inform merchandising strategies.

Market Share: The percentage of total sales within a specific market that is generated by a particular brand or company.

Markdown: A reduction in the price of a product to increase sales or clear out inventory.

MCB (Billback or Manufacturer Chargeback): Charge to the manufacturer based on the number of cases shipped by a distributor. Promotion is where the retailer buys a brand's product from a distributor at a discounted price by the case. Retail passes on the savings to the consumer during the promo run.

Merchandising: The process of displaying and promoting products in a retail store to increase sales.

Merchandiser: Merchandisers ensure brands’ products are properly stocked, at the right price, along with any supporting sales materials. This involves working closely with retail buying teams to accurately forecast trends, plan stock levels, and monitor performance.

Minimum Advertised Price (MAP): The minimum price a retailer can advertise a product for.

MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price): The price that the manufacturer of the product believes the item should sell for in stores.

Multi-Pack: A package that contains multiple units of a product.


Net Sales: The total revenue generated by a product or group of products after deductions for discounts, returns, and allowances.


Off-Invoice Discount: A discount given by a manufacturer to a retailer that is applied to the invoice for a product.

Off-Shelf Promotions: Marketing tactics used to increase product visibility and sales by positioning products in high-traffic areas of a store or creating compelling floor displays. 

On-Shelf Availability (OSA): The percentage of time that a product is in stock and available for purchase on a store shelf.

Open-To-Buy (OTB): The amount of money available for a retailer to purchase inventory within a specific time frame.

Order Minimum: The minimum amount of a product that a retailer must order to receive a shipment.

Out-Of-Stock (OOS): A situation where a product is not available for purchase due to stockouts or inventory issues.

Out-Of-Stock Percentage (OOSP): The percentage of time that a product is out of stock and unavailable for purchase.


P&L: Profit and Loss (P&L) is a financial statement that summarizes a company's revenues, costs, and expenses over a specific period. The statement provides a snapshot of a company's financial health, showing whether it is profitable or not.

Pallet: A platform used for storing and transporting products.

Pay-On-Scan: A distribution model where a retailer pays for products only after they have been sold.

Perimeter Display: A promotional display located around the perimeter of a retail store.

Pick & Pack: Refers to the ability of a fulfillment provider to retrieve specific items to fulfill an order and create a custom shipment. 

POG: Plan-O-Gram (POG) is a visual representation of how products should be arranged on a shelf or in a store. The POG is typically designed by the manufacturer or distributor to ensure that their products are displayed effectively and prominently.

Point of Purchase (POP): A display or marketing message located near the place where a product is sold to encourage purchase.

Point of Sale (POS): The location where a transaction takes place, typically at a cash register or checkout counter. POS technology is used to process payments, track inventory, and generate sales

Product Market Fit: Product-market fit is a critical stage in a startup's development where the product effectively meets the needs and preferences of its target customers. It is achieved when a company offers a solution that appeals to a substantial market segment, driving sustainable growth and demand.

Price Elasticity: The degree to which the demand for a product is impacted by changes in price.

Price Pack Architecture (PPA): A pricing strategy that involves creating different package sizes and prices based on consumer trends. 

Price Point: The price at which a product is sold to customers.

Price Threshold: The maximum price that consumers are willing to pay for a product. 

Private Label: A product that is manufactured by a third party and sold under a retailer's own brand name.

Promotional Allowance: A payment made by a manufacturer to a retailer to compensate for the cost of a promotional campaign.

Pull-Through: The percentage of customers who purchase a product after being introduced to it through a promotional campaign.

Purchase Order (PO): A document used to request and authorize the purchase of products from a manufacturer or supplier.


Quantity on Hand: This describes the physical inventory that a retailer has in possession at the store. Also known as On Hand or OH.

Quick Response (QR): A distribution model where products are delivered to a retailer quickly in response to customer demand.


Repack: Refers to the ability of a fulfillment provider to reconfigure items into different packaging options.

Retailer: Retailers sell goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.

Retailer Integrations: Refers to the ability of a fulfillment provider to integrate with various online and/or brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Amazon, Walmart, Etsy, eBay, Costco, and Target, distributors such as KeHE or UNFI, or EDI providers such as SPS. 

Retailer Margin: The difference between the cost of acquiring a product and the price at which it is sold by a retailer.

Return on Investment (ROI): A measure of the profitability of an investment, calculated as the ratio of the net profit to the cost of the investment.

RSA (Retail Sales Associate) or RSP (Retail Salesperson): An employee who works directly for the brick-and-mortar retailer.

ROI: Return on Investment (ROI) is a measure of the profitability of an investment.


Sales and Insights: The process of analyzing sales data to gain insights into consumer behavior, market trends, and product performance.

Sales Forecast: A prediction of the sales volume and revenue that will be generated by a product or group of products.

Sales Per Square Foot: A measure of a store's productivity, calculated as the total sales revenue divided by the store's square footage.

Scan: Refers to the process of tracking the sale of products at retail stores. This data is used by manufacturers to understand their sales performance and to make informed decisions about future production and sales strategies.

Sell-Through: The percentage of products that are sold to customers after being delivered to a retail store.

Sell Sheet: A short (1-2) page document that captures the main selling points of your products for potential buyers. 

Shopper Marketing: A strategy used by retailers to influence the behavior of shoppers and improve their shopping experience. It involves understanding the needs and motivations of shoppers and creating marketing campaigns and promotions that cater to their preferences.
SKU: Store Keeping Unit (SKU) refers to an individual item's code, a unique number assigned to an item by a retailer for the purpose of tracking and managing inventory. 

Slotting Fee: A fee paid by a manufacturer to a retailer to secure a space on a store shelf for a product.

Spec Sheet: A document that captures all the pertinent information (e.g. name, size, weight, price etc.) about your finished products for your retail/wholesale customers.

Spoilage: Product that is unable to be sold, whether through expired code dates, damage, or other reasons.

SPIFS: Special Purchase Incentives for Feature Sales, promotions that offer incentives to retailers to feature a particular product in their stores. These incentives can take the form of discounts, rebates, or other rewards. 

SPINS: A market research firm that provides insights and analytics for the natural, organic, and specialty products industry. They collect and analyze data on consumer behavior, sales trends, and market insights to help manufacturers and retailers make informed decisions about product development, marketing, and sales.

SPP: Sales Per Point is a measure used to determine the amount of volume that is sold per point of All Commodity Volume (ACV). 

SRP - Suggested Retail Price: The price recommended by the manufacturer to the retailer for selling a product to the end consumer.

Stock Keeping Unit (SKU): A unique identifier assigned to a specific product.

Storage: Storage refers to the process of keeping products in a facility until they are sold or shipped. In the context of fulfillment providers, storage can include both active inventory that is part of the fulfillment process, as well as short or long-term storage of additional products, such as raw materials or excess inventory.

Super Grossing: A pricing strategy where a different price is offered to different customers based on their relationship with the retailer. It usually involves offering discounts to incentivize larger purchases.

Supply Chain: The process of getting products from a manufacturer to a retailer or end customer, including all of the steps involved in planning, producing, and delivering products.


Temperature Options: Temperature options refer to the different levels of temperature control that a warehouse can provide for storing products. There are generally four types of warehouse temperature options:

  • Dry/Ambient: No temperature control is provided, and the warehouse is typically used for storing dry products with no specific temperature requirements for preservation.
  • Cold Storage: The temperature is maintained between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius and is used for storing perishable products such as fresh produce, dairy products, and meat.
  • Frozen Storage: The temperature is maintained below 0 degrees Celsius and is used for storing frozen products such as ice cream, frozen meals, and frozen vegetables.
  • Controlled Atmosphere Storage: The temperature and humidity levels are precisely controlled to preserve the quality and freshness of the products. This type of storage is commonly used for products such as fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
  • Refrigerated: Refrigerated storage refers to warehouses that are climate-controlled and maintain temperatures between 33°F and 55°F. This type of storage is commonly used for products such as fresh produce, dairy products, and cold beverages to maintain their freshness and quality.
  • Frozen: Frozen storage refers to warehouses where the temperature is maintained at or below 32°F. This type of storage is used for products that must remain frozen to retain their integrity, such as frozen meals, ice cream, and frozen vegetables.

Third-Party Logistics: 3PL companies specialize in all the services associated with holding or moving your product — things like warehousing, freight, customs brokerage.

TPR (Temporary Price Reduction): A type of promotion in which the price of a product is temporarily reduced to increase sales. This can be a discount of at least 5% from the regular price and is intended to attract price-sensitive shoppers. 

TDP (Total Distribution Points): A metric used to measure the overall distribution of a product, calculated as the number of items sold multiplied by the number of stores selling those items.

TPM Remit Payment: A process of reconciling the promotion deductions made by the retailer with the promotional funds provided by the manufacturer.

Trade Accrual: A credit entry made to the general ledger account to record the trade marketing costs that are expensed by the manufacturer.

Trade Manager: A person responsible for managing the relationship between the manufacturer and the retailer, providing the retailer with a promotional calendar, and submitting promotions to the retailer.

Trade Promotion: A promotional campaign designed to increase sales and market share in the retail channel.

Trade Promotion Optimization: A data-driven approach to Trade Promotion Management (TPM) that uses predictive analytics and machine learning to optimize trade promotions. It helps manufacturers and retailers to make more informed decisions about promotions by analyzing vast amounts of data, such as sales trends, consumer behavior, and market insights, to identify the most effective promotions and maximize ROI.

Trade Rate: A metric used to measure the effectiveness of trade promotions by calculating the incremental revenue generated by a promotion divided by the total spend on that promotion.

Trade Spend: Trade spend refers to the amount of money that manufacturers provide to retailers for the purpose of selling their products to consumers.


UNFI (United Natural Foods Inc.): A wholesale distributor of health and specialty foods in the US and Canada, with a revenue of $20 billion in 2020. It is the main supplier of Whole Foods (WFM).

Unsaleables: Products that cannot be sold due to various reasons such as expired code date or damage.

UPC (Universal Product Code): A barcode on a product that is placed by the manufacturer and remains the same across all retailers. It is used to track the product's movement through the supply chain and at the point of sale.


Velocity: The rate at which a product is sold, usually measured in units per week or month.


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