Spoiler Alert Blog | Food Waste

What is a customer guarantee date and its implications?

What is a customer guarantee date and its implications?

Spoiler AlertMay 13, 2022

As a manufacturer, growing revenue, innovating your product mix, and keeping your retail customers happy is fundamental to running a successful business. But when you factor in the perishability of a...

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Topics: liquidation, supply chain

What is shrinkflation?

What is shrinkflation?

Spoiler AlertMay 3, 2022

In the past few months, you may have heard the term “shrinkflation” floating around. But what does shrinkflation even mean? Shrinkflation, the combination of the terms “shrink” and “inflation,” is...

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Topics: liquidation, supply chain

How closeouts impact margins (and the importance of putting data in context)

How closeouts impact margins (and the importance of putting data in context)

Spoiler AlertMar 10, 2022

Margin is a key metric for any business. It represents the delta between a company’s revenue and expenses, from which emerges cash to reinvest in the growth of the business or to return to...

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Topics: liquidation

An introduction to selling closeout food

An introduction to selling closeout food

Spoiler AlertFeb 8, 2022

Structuring food closeouts can be a real challenge. Even more than non-perishable goods, closeout food presents difficulties in distance, time, and a unique buyer audience. But it also comes with...

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Topics: liquidation

Comparing closeout channels – which is right for you?

Comparing closeout channels – which is right for you?

Spoiler AlertJan 6, 2022

The hardest step in managing excess, slow-moving or obsolete inventory is getting started. Once you’ve decided to ramp up your closeout program, you may have trouble evaluating your options. There...

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Topics: liquidation, donation, unsold inventory

8 Tips for building relationships with food closeout liquidators & retailers

8 Tips for building relationships with food closeout liquidators & retailers

Spoiler AlertDec 9, 2021

Food closeout liquidators and discount retailers are two of the biggest players in managing distressed, obsolete or slow-moving inventory. We’ve written before about how leveraging closeout resellers...

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Topics: liquidation, discount retail

Slow-moving, obsolete and short-dated inventory – what’s the difference?

Slow-moving, obsolete and short-dated inventory – what’s the difference?

Spoiler AlertNov 4, 2021

The business of unsold inventory can be confusing enough. But add to that the variety of terms and definitions that organizations use, and you’ve got a recipe for miscommunication. Knowing how to...

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Topics: liquidation, unsold inventory, supply chain

What is a closeout specialist (and do you need one)?

What is a closeout specialist (and do you need one)?

Spoiler AlertOct 20, 2021

One of the toughest things about closeout sales in the CPG space can often be simply figuring out whose responsibility it is. Where in an organization the job sits, whether it’s a dedicated role, and...

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Topics: liquidation, unsold inventory

Discount Retailer Spotlight: Bargain Barn

Discount Retailer Spotlight: Bargain Barn

Spoiler AlertApr 1, 2021

Spoiler Alert’s Discount Retail Spotlight Series highlights outlets across the United States that partner with Spoiler Alert clients to purchase excess inventory. Discount retailers are critical...

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Topics: liquidation, discount retail, Customer Spotlights

Discount Retailer Spotlight Series: Brandie Miller, Misfits Market

Discount Retailer Spotlight Series: Brandie Miller, Misfits Market

Spoiler AlertJan 29, 2021

Spoiler Alert’s Discount Retailer Spotlight Series shares expert knowledge from seasoned food buyers at discount retailers across the United States. These individuals are critical partners for many...

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Topics: liquidation, discount retail, Customer Spotlights