How To Get Into Village Market Food Center

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How To Get Into Village Market Food Center

Village Market Food Centers comprise of two supermarket chains based in Alden, Michigan and Elk Rapids, also in Michigan. They are among the largest employers in Elk Rapids with more than 140 employees. The owner of the stores is local resident, Rick Young.

Village Market offers its customers added conveniences such as full service Floral Shoppes (Allegan) and specialty departments, including, Mancino’s (Gobles) and Hungry Howie’s (Decatur).  There are also three Village Xpress Gas Stations (South Haven, Gobles and Allegan) and a Pennzoil Service Station (South Haven). The retailer also has three Village Pharmacies (Decatur and Colon).

The stores have Small town feel and affordable prices with a big town selection of products. The retailer’s offerings at the stores include: dairy, frozen foods, pet foods, general merchandise, health and beauty items, household products, produce, and meat.

The company also does the weekly recipe giveaway on its website where recipes are given to customers to try the preparation of new dishes. The time for preparation and everything needed to get it done are clearly stated on the weekly recipe section.

The company gas and vehicle services are at its Pennzoil location. As with its supermarket, there is premium on products bought and affordability is a policy with its prices.

The retailer searches for local growers and suppliers who can deliver their products to us. The produce professionals buy locally, nationwide and internationally product with great emphasis on freshness.

You may need to be different from all others to be a successful vendor – you must have something you offer differently – a unique value. Look at your products and see what you are offering differently. If not different, go back to the drawing board and see how you can rebrand or bring out a distinction. Distinctiveness can help you carve a niche for yourself in the marketplace.

The power or influence a senior official in the company can help you as a supplier. Try to capture a senior official’s attention with your products. As the grocery offerings of this retailer are quite large, there is room for a lot of products to be supplied. If your products are quite popular in the local market, it will be easy for you to easily pitch to this retailer. You have to bring your product to top quality to help you with the pitch of the product.

The company also gets products from local sources as long as it is in full compliance with its quality standards and pricing guidelines. The retailer prides itself in its USDA compliances. This has made the customers trust the brand over the years as they are sure to get the best in quality from this retailer. It is vital for the vendor to ensure that all guidelines, down to labor guidelines are met.

The company also gets products from local sources as long as it is in full compliance with its quality standards and pricing guidelines.

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Do not trust any “list” of buyers.

Typically retail buyers change either companies or positions every few years. This strategy helps retailers know that their buyers are not taking “kick-backs” and are selecting the very best product for the very best position each time.

Buyers are typically held to a very rigorous standard of sell-through volume that they must hit and because of this they are risk averse. Your job as a supplier or vendor is to convince them that the buyers going into the stores not only know about what you’re selling but are actively seeking the product in the store currently.

  • Step 1

    Contact Village Market Food Center

    Sometimes easier said than done, however you must get on Village Market Food Center radar.

    Call the Village Market Food Center corporate phone number and ask for the names of the buyer and assistant buyers in your category.

    Always leave voicemail with whomever the dispatch will connect you.

    Use that information to connect with them on LinkedIn, RangeMe and any other professional social platform.

    Ask your representative at your trade bureau to connect you to the Village Market Food Center buyers as they will potentially have a better history.

  • Step 2

    Get On Village Market Food Center

    Use advertising, public relations and marketing to make your brand known to Village Market Food Center buyer through 3rd party websites & industry media sources.

    Be everywhere that they look, the key is to position your brand as the obvious choice when Village Market Food Center is looking to either refill a slot or create a new category.

    Latch on to the news of the day and any trend that will make your product fill that niche whether that be Non-GMO or Vegan Leather for example.

    Investing in your brand can only benefit your opportunities in the future. As being “top of mind” will have a ripple effect when you physically present your product at a Village Market Food Center meeting or trade show in the future.

    Step 2

  • Step 3

    Use Hard Facts

    Village Market Food Center buyers typically got to their position by picking “winners” and know how to see through the fluff.

    Focus on the numbers, know your bottom dollar during a negotiation and how fees and chargebacks may cut into your position.

    Know that long term success may outweigh short term sales, however financing large purchase orders from Village Market Food Center when the net result is negative is not sustainable.

    Understand the playing field and the other brands that are in your space, what they are offering as promotion and pricing and how you can stand out against them.

    By knowing that each buyer at Village Market Food Center probably knows more than you do, take an active listening approach to sales and understand that no is a perfectly acceptable answer that may have saved you millions of dollars on the backend.

How to Submit a Product to Village Market Food Center

There are several ways to get a product placed in Village Market Food Center. However, most entrepreneurs only dream about getting their product distributed to major retailers, few actually do it. We have experienced a significant rise in interest since the show Shark Tank started airing on NBC. Mr. Checkout has had the pleasure of working with a few Shark Tank success stories such as KISStixx and 180 Party Cups which are now currently being distributed around the country to stores like Walmart, Target, Kroger, 7-Eleven and more.

If you envision your product would be a good fit for Village Market Food Center, we have a few steps to help you get your product on their shelves.

Here are the 6 steps you need to take to have your product placed in Village Market Food Center.

1. Start with the right questions.) Before you try distributing your product to Village Market Food Center, you need to ask yourself a few basic questions. Do you need to build demand for your product, or is there already a demand for it? Do you know that Village Market Food Center would be interested in selling your product? If you can strike a deal with Village Market Food Center, can you handle the production volume? Do you want to sell directly to Village Market Food Center, or do you want to license your product to a manufacturer that will handle distribution?

2. Be prepared to profit.) Does your product offer enough of a profit margin for Village Market Food Center? Can you sell your product at a reasonable enough profit to cover the packaging, shipping, commissions, marketing and wholesale distribution? Check Village Market Food Center guidelines for other fees that you will have to build into the cost of your product in order for you to be able to turn enough of a profit to make the effort worth your while. If you work with a discount retailer, they will try to strip your profits down to zero in order to keep their prices as low as possible.

The typical breakdown of margins are: If a products costs $1 to produce, that product will retail for $4. That product that retails for $4 will wholesale for $2 to distributors and stores that purchase direct. Retailers like Village Market Food Center may offer to pay $1.25 to the manufacturer if the product costs $1 to produce. That is the typical profit margin.

3. Determine if is the right store for your product.) The relationship between you and Village Market Food Center starts with you browsing their store for competing products. If Village Market Food Center already has a similar product, it is going to be very difficult to get your product picked up. Spend some time at your local Village Market Food Center to see what kind of products they are selling, speak to the manager and see if he thinks your product will sell well in their store. Picture in which zone your product would best fit on the shelf and keep in mind that the most precious asset that these big box stores value are their shelf space. Keep this information in mind when you are preparing your presentation to Village Market Food Center.

If your company is minority or women owned, check Village Market Food Center website and see if they offer specific opportunities for those designations.

4. Pitch your product to Village Market Food Center. Decide whether it will be you or a representative to present your product to Village Market Food Center. Your presentation depends heavily on your strengths as a businessperson as they will most likely ask financial questions and logistics questions.

It’s common for companies to hire a Village Market Food Center to pitch their product to Village Market Food Center, as it will be more likely that your product will make it to the next stage if the individual pitching your product has industry knowledge or a personal relationship with Village Market Food Center. The percentage of commission verses, however generally a broker will take around 5% to represent your product too Village Market Food Center.

We at Mr. Checkout have experience dealing with brokers and know that there are several retail brokers that have poor business practices that can potentially damage your brand. If you are seeking a legitimate Village Market Food Center, please give us a call for a recommendation. It could save you a huge headache and a lot of money.

5. Complete the required Village Market Food Center paperwork. Often Village Market Food Center will have you go through an application process. However, before submitting the paperwork required by Village Market Food Center, you should contact a buyer at Village Market Food Center and let them know your intentions. Having a contact inside of the company will potentially move your application more smoothly through the process.

6. Anticipate the need for increased volume.) Having Village Market Food Center agree to stock your product will most likely mean a significant increase in volume. You should be prepared to ramp up your production and informing your manufacturer of this opportunity.

Having production, logistics and distribution to sync is not only difficult, it requires a significant amount of time invested in customer relations. Also, Village Market Food Center may have stipulations in the contract that may penalize you for delays in shipping and production. Have an attorney explain all contracts to you if you don’t understand the terms.

If you’re looking to sell your product to Village Market Food Center, be sure to thoroughly assess the marketplace, carefully prepare for production growth, and take full advantage of resources available to help you grow your business.

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