In-store sales




How to Increase Sales in a Grocery Store/Supermarket


Table of Contents:

Understanding customer behavior and preferences

Personalizing the shopping experience

Visual merchandising strategies in grocery store 

Top products for sale in USA




Business success and growth is defined as increased sales, which is vital for any grocery store or supermarket. By implementing effective sales strategies and understanding customer behavior, you can increase the number of purchases and improve your profits. Let's take a look at the methods that can help retailers increase grocery store sales and create a more profitable business.



Understand Customer Behavior and Preferences


To increase sales, it is important to have an idea of who your customers are. A deep understanding of customer buying behavior, habits, and preferences allows you to use this knowledge to formulate a strategy for success. By analyzing purchasing patterns and identifying customer needs and desires, chains can tailor their offers to meet their expectations. 



Conduct Market Research

Use surveys, questionnaires, and feedback forms to collect information about your customers' preferences, dietary needs, habits, and product preferences. For example, you can ask customers about their favorite brands, organic or gluten-free products, and any special dietary preferences.



Analyze Sales Data

Identify patterns in customer shopping carts. Look for the best-selling products, the most popular categories, and products that are no longer selling. This information can help you plan future purchases and optimize your inventory.



Monitor Social Media and Online Reviews

Pay attention to social media discussions and online reviews about your store. You can get valuable information suggestions, or complaints from your customers. Communicate with customers not only in physical stores, but also online. Quickly solve their problems and establish effective communication.


Let's say you've analyzed the market and customers and found out that a significant number of customers are looking for organic food. Based on this information, you can create a separate department in your store with organic fruit and vegetables. You can also label these products separately and make appropriate signage/pointers in the sales area to help customers find organic food. And be sure to share this information on social media, email newsletters, or run online advertising. This approach will help meet customer needs, increase loyalty, and boost your sales.




Personalize the Shopping Experience


Once you've identified customer needs, it's time to personalize the buying process to increase online sales. In what ways can chain implement a personalized approach?



Loyalty Programs

Customers are always looking for discounts and rewards. The opportunity to receive bonuses, or cashback, encourages customers to spend more. Track purchases made by loyal customers, analyze their receipts, and use this information. Offer exclusive discounts, personalized offers, and customized recommendations based on their previous purchases. This gives customers a special feeling of being treated with care and client-centeredness, and encourages them to buy from you.


Create special places on the sales floor for promotional items. These racks and shelves attract customers looking for discounts and can help increase overall sales.



Targeted Marketing Campaigns

Use both customer and sales data to create promotional campaigns. Use email marketing, social media advertising, personalized recommendations, or mobile app notifications. For example, if a customer frequently buys gluten-free products, you can send them notifications about new arrivals in this category or offer discounts on relevant products.



Personalized Customer Assistance

Train your staff to provide quality assistance and guidance to customers. Human touch creates a positive shopping experience and builds customer loyalty.




Visual Merchandising Strategies in a Grocery Store


The presentation of products on the shelves plays an important role in customers' purchasing decisions. The placement of racks and each SKU on the shelves have to ensure easy navigation for customers and maximum presentation of the most popular products. Attractive shelf layout and signage should attract customers' attention and encourage impulse purchases. What merchandising strategies can help improve the customer shopping experience and drive sales?



Optimize Shelf Layout

Customize the process of planogramming in your chain with PlanoHero service for automating the shelf layout. Create planograms based on the parameters of products and equipment, historical sales, key merchandising principles, and agreements with suppliers on the share of brands on the shelves.



Place Products at Eye Level

Place popular and high-margin products at eye level. Customers are more likely to notice and choose products that are placed in their eyesight.

For example, you notice that the breakfast cereal section in your store has low sales. You also find that customers tend to ignore the healthier cereal options on the bottom shelf. To optimize product placement, you move these products to eye level, making them more visible and accessible to customers. As a result, sales of these products increase and customers are more likely to choose healthier breakfast options.



Strategic Grouping of Products

Sometimes shoppers forget certain items from their list while shopping. You can use this to your advantage by creating product bundles. Group complementary products together to encourage cross-selling and impulse purchases. For example, place pasta sauce and noodles next to each other to encourage customers to buy both. You can also use product grouping to create a set for cooking a specific dish. Often, supermarkets set aside a separate shelf space and place products for making sushi and rolls.


Sell non-selling products in sets, place them next to popular products, or simply supplement non-selling products with bestsellers.



Quick rotation of products on the shelves helps to manage inventory in the store. Timely replacement of items helps to maintain sales and avoid dead stock.

We also talk about the term "rotation" when working with the layout on the planogram. When setting up a layout in PlanoHero, you can use the "rotation" service functionality, which allows you to quickly replace one product with another on separate planograms or at the same time on all planograms of the chain. The service automatically adjusts the layout, taking into account the parameters of new products and equipment. With the help of automated rotation, you can effectively manage the assortment, replace seasonal, promotional, and inactive products on planograms in a few clicks.


By implementing these strategies, you can identify customer needs, personalize the shopping experience, optimize the layout of products on the shelves, and ultimately increase sales in your grocery store or supermarket.


Top-selling grocery items that are in the highest demand and most profitable for grocery stores in the US:



1. Soda (Coke, Sprite) & soft drinks
2. Milk
3. Chips
4. Eggs
5. Bread
6. Breakfast cereal, instant oatmeal
7. Candy bars (Kit Kat, Snickers & Milky Way etc.)
8. Block cheese & Deli cheese
9. Beer
10. Water



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