Retailers and Suppliers Cite Top Advantages of Collaboration

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Retailers and Suppliers Cite Meeting the Needs of Shoppers as the Top Advantage of Collaboration in a New Precima/Coresight Research Study

CHICAGO JUNE 3, 2020  – Retailers and suppliers agree the ability to meet the needs of retailers’ customers is the top advantage of collaboration, with 70% of retailers and 58% of suppliers reporting that responsiveness to consumer and market trends is the key criteria for successful collaboration.Trading partners also say improved collaboration positively impacts business operations and drives more than one-fifth of their total revenue. 

These are two critical findings in a new study from Coresight Research and Precima, a Nielsen Company,  which found that while there have been some great successes with supplier collaboration during the last few years, there is still much to be done. More than 90 percent of the 210 global grocery retailers and suppliers surveyed for Winning with Retailer-Supplier Collaboration in Grocery and Drug Retail reported that their collaboration has improved over the past two years, leading to better customer satisfaction and business planning. 

“There has always been a need for retailers and suppliers to improve their cooperation for the benefit of the customer and the survey emphasizes the critical nature of this requirement. Data analytics is the central driver for this enhanced cooperation and the tools now available to trading partners enable strategic sharing of knowledge to better create and manage customer demand,” said Brian Ross, CEO of Precima, a Nielsen Company that offers retail consulting and analytics specializing in shopper insights and customer-centric solutions. 

The study contains insight into factors behind the past two years’ growth, as well as how to further improve retailer-supplier collaboration, including insights on:
• What is missing in the current relationship between retailers and suppliers
• How to address common challenges to collaboration, such as lack of trust and communication
• The importance of data transparency, and how to achieve it with minimal risk while increasing demand-driven supply output
• How data-centric collaboration makes shoppers the focus, with direct effects on customer satisfaction and overall revenue
• The myriad impacts of collaboration, from higher operational efficiency to improved customer experience

“In an environment where consumer demand is changing by the hour, and with the high potential upside, affecting up to one-fifth of overall revenue, it’s critical for retailers and suppliers to identify ways they can further strengthen collaboration and their lines of communication,” noted Deborah Weinswig, CEO and Founder of Coresight Research.

This study is based on the analysis of data from an online survey of 210 large grocery/FMCG/CPG manufacturers/suppliers and retailers. The survey selected respondents selected based on the following criteria:
• Based in the US, the UK, France and Germany, with around 50 respondents per country.
• Position focus on brick-and-mortar, e-commerce and business-to-business retail.
• Employed in companies with an annual turnover equal to or exceeding $3 billion in the most recent fiscal year.
• Holding senior positions (owners, C-suite, VP/EVP, directors, senior managers).
• Responsible for operations management, merchandising, customer insights and analytics, logistics and supply chain, product sourcing, sales and marketing.
• Holding roles with significant strategic decision-making responsibilities

Note to editors: The full survey available here.  

About Coresight Research
Coresight Research is a research and advisory firm specializing in retail and technology. Established in 2018 by leading global retail analyst Deborah Weinswig, the firm is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mangalore (India). The firm provides data-driven analysis and strategic advisory to clients including retailers, brands, enterprise technology companies, accelerators and more. In addition to being renowned for its breadth and depth of research, Coresight Research is known for its expertise in the China market, helping clients with market entry and cross-border e-commerce strategies. Coresight Research is also known for its Innovator Intelligence platform, consisting of a vast network of technology entrepreneurs that it actively cultivates through events, mentorship, and regularly updated report coverage. For more information, visit

About Precima® 
Precima®, a Nielsen Company, is a global retail strategy and analytics firm that provides tailored, data-driven solutions to drive sales, boost profitability, and build customer loyalty. Leveraging deep analytics expertise, Precima helps organizations improve their competitive position across all facets of planning and operations from pricing optimization, promotional planning, assortment optimization, targeted marketing, and supplier collaboration. For more information: