If Coke Needs Retail Leverage Then You Do Too


Coke’s Freestyle system hits on several of our 5 points in how to gain Retail Leverage.

#1 Have The Hot Product With No Substitutes
#3 Be A Top Revenue Vendor


No matter how big your brand is, you still need Retail Leverage
If they big guys need leverage, what does that say about the smaller challenger brands?
Figure out what you have to exploit that others don’t and leverage it.
If you don’t have something unique / different / better, then be prepared to move to the 6th, rarely spoken of, painful way to get Retail Leverage: Price.

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Costco Minus Coke Illustrates Retail Leverage

Coke and Costco are about to find out, together, who has retail leverage in this relationship. The only question is how long will it take? One party will eventually have to make concessions, or more concessions than the other guy, and for those of us keeping score at home, it should be obvious who the winner is.

Think about other categories. At its most basic form, Retail Leverage comes down to who needs who more.

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