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Retail Training Collection Take 5 Episode 9: In-Store Promotions

Tips and strategies for stimulating consumer demand through in-store promotions.

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Retail Training Collection Take Episode 10: In-Store Signage

Tips and strategies for effectively using signage to increase sales.

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Retail Training Collection Take 5 Episode 11: Product Sampling

Tips and strategies for running an effective sampling program.

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Retail Training Collection Take 5 Episode 12: Vermont Retail Showcase

A greatest hits showcase of creative merchandising in Vermont stores of all sizes.

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Retail Training Collection Tips for Building and Maintaining Efficient Relationships with Local Vendors

Tip sheet for building and maintaining efficient relationships with local vendors.

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Retail Training Collection How Do You Rate? Receiving

A worksheet for self-evaluating your receiving operations.

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Aggregation & Distribution

Resources for understanding Vermont and regional food distribution systems, as well as understanding wholesale market opportunities and barriers (e.g., for sales to institutions,schools, colleges, and hospitals, as well as retail grocers).

Aggregation & Distribution Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Aligning Production, Processing, Distribution, and Market Outlets for Vermont’s Food System

Appendix C: Connecting the Dots focuses on the distribution chain that links farm production, processing, and market outlets and provides strategies for aligning these elements of Vermont’s food system more closely. Distribution is defined as the process of delivering food from the primary producer to end consumers, whether they are found at supermarkets, restaurants, schools, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, or convenience or general stores. Distribution requires organizing transportation and logistics in an economically efficient manner to deliver a marketable mix of products to meet consumer demand. At times, it also requires short-term storage, en route to store shelves.

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