The role and management of product innovation in retailer assortments: evidences from the Italian FMCG market

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Abstract

This paper focuses on analyzing and measuring the sales and organizational impact of new products introduction in the assortment of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) retailers in Italy. To test these effects the study uses a multidimensional analysis approach based on scanner data of subcategories in Hypermarkets and Supermarkets. The results point out that if correctly managed product innovation could positively contribute to sales performance of retail outlets, especially in mature subcategories. However a lot of mistakes & delays in new products selection and adoption by retailers tend to reduce these positive effects. In fact the share of really successful new products is very small. So the high channel costs connected with the selection process of really new products suggest the opportunity to reduce the SKU turnover level within retailer assortments
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalINTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF RETAIL, DISTRIBUTION & CONSUMER RESEARCH
Volume19
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Italy
  • listing fee
  • marketing channel
  • product innovation
  • retailer assortment

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