Brand Consolidation In the Bag at Walmart

Ad Age reports on the continuing sku and brand optimization/ratonalization by Walmart. In the article, “Walmart Food-Bag Consolidation Wipes Glad, Hefty From Shelves.”

In the latest of a growing wave of brand consolidations, Walmart has sent Glad and Hefty bags packing from its food-storage shelves. Similar decisions are likely to play out across other categories over the course of the year, as Walmart steps up efforts to streamline brand assortments, often to the benefit of its fast-expanding Great Value brand and national brands that survive the vetting.

The move follows a shootout in a series of store tests starting late last year, which appear to have prompted the Glad, Hefty and Ziploc brands to hike ad spending dramatically, despite a deep recession and flat to falling category sales, in efforts to stave off de-listings. The contests had high stakes for the brands, given that Walmart makes up a third or more of their sales. Walgreens and CVS, too, have significantly pared their trash and food bag brand lineups in recent months.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.