Private Label Trends

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newratings.com  Nov 17  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS), a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, Monday issued an update on its Private Label segment. In conjunction with the release of the company's master trust...
Benzinga  Nov 11  Comment 
On Tuesday, analysts at Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on VWR Corp (NASDAQ: VWR) with a Buy rating and $28 price target. George Hill feels the company offers upside for the following reasons. Attractive valuation with high degree of...
newratings.com  Oct 20  Comment 
LONDON (dpa-AFX) - Shares of McBride Plc. (MCB.L) increased around 4 percent in London trading after the provider of Private Label Household and Personal Care products said Monday that its trading performance has been in line with the Board's...
newratings.com  Oct 16  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Business services firm Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS) Thursday reported third-quarter net earnings which increased, helped by growth in the LoyaltyOne and private label services segments. The company also raised its...
Benzinga  Oct 14  Comment 
Amedica Corporation (Nasdaq: AMDA), a biomaterial company that has developed silicon nitride ceramics as a material platform to manufacture and commercialize orthopaedic implants, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year...
Benzinga  Sep 18  Comment 
MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG), an integrated developer, processor and marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials and bioimplants processed from human amniotic membrane, announced today that it has entered into a distribution...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 10  Comment 
By Price Point: Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), the consumer credit card business of GE Capital, is the largest provider of private label cards in the U.S. in terms of both purchase volume and finance receivables ($56 billion of receivables). The...
Benzinga  Sep 9  Comment 
In a report published Tuesday, J.P. Morgan analyst Richard Shane initiated coverage on Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) with an Overweight rating and $30.00 price target. In the report, J.P. Morgan noted, “We are initiating coverage of...
DailyFinance  Aug 13  Comment 
InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ: INWK), a leading marketing execution firm, announced a new partnership with a publicly traded national retailer to manage its private label packaging program, which encompasses all consumer...
The Hindu Business Line  Aug 10  Comment 
Online fashion retailer Jabong.com is planning to launch private label brands in the next 4-5 months, a top company official said.“We are setting up a full-fledged design team in London bec...




 
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Private labels as % of 2006 sales for the top four U.S. grocery retailers
Private labels as % of 2006 sales for the top four U.S. grocery retailers

Private label describes products manufactured for sale under a specific retailer‘s brand. They are often designed to compete against branded products, offering customers a cheaper alternative to national brands. Though the public generally used to see them as low-cost imitations of branded products, private labels have overcome this reputation and achieved significant growth in recent years. The most commonly known private label goods are the “store brands” sold by food retailers, though this is just one example of many. Department stores, electronics stores, and office supply retailers all offer private label products or services.

Private labels offer several benefits to both retailers and customers, driving the segment's rising popularity. For retailers, margins on private label goods are an average of 10% higher than those on similar branded products. Customers benefit from private labels' lower prices, which are often significantly less than those of national brands. This combination, while beneficial to retailers and consumers, can put substantial pressure on the manufacturers of branded goods, who have to compete against their own customers (the retailers) for market share.

At Wal-Mart, brand name products share shelf space with pivate label products belonging to the retailer itself.
At Wal-Mart, brand name products share shelf space with pivate label products belonging to the retailer itself.


Impact of Private Label

Brand Loyalty

  • National brands are sold all over, so there's no real sense of brand loyalty in terms of where consumers buy them. Because private labels are unique to one retail chain, there is the possibility for retailers to cultivate a sense of brand loyalty. Though they used to be seen as knock-offs of "name brands", private labels have become increasingly more accepted by the public as quality has increased and retailers have expanded their offerings of private label goods. Many consumers now seriously consider private labels as acceptable alternatives to national brands. Retailers can capitalize on this shift in public perception by offering quality private label products, which can foster a feeling of brand loyalty. This can give retailers a significant advantage over competitors.
Largest private label categories, by % of 2006 volume share
Largest private label categories, by % of 2006 volume share

Lower Prices/Higher Margins

  • Private label goods are generally much cheaper to produce than branded goods, due to the lack of advertising and marketing expenses. As such, retailers are able to purchase private label goods for much less than they would have to pay for comparable branded products. The cost difference is usually large enough that retailers can offer customers lower prices while still making higher profit margins themselves. Lower prices can be enticing to customers and increase a stop on a product's way from the manufacturer to the consumer. Retailers are now becoming increasingly established as brands themselves, marketing their private label products as alternatives to national brands. This has resulted in a growing shift in the balance of power between retailers and manufacturers, with retailers not only becoming less dependent on manufacturers for product offerings but actually making manufacturers dependent on them for sales volume.

Who benefits from an increase in private label?

  • Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Costco (NYSE:COST), and other retailers for whom private label goods constitute a significant percentage of total sales. Stores such as these would benefit from the higher margins that private labels provide.
  • Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFMI), Kroger (NYSE:KR), and other supermarkets with strong private labels could benefit from the further penetration of private label into the food retail industry.
  • Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT) is the largest manufacturer of retail-branded carbonated soft drinks in the U.S., producing 68% of all private label soda sold by U.S. retailers. Cott's largest customer is Wal-Mart, who accounted for 38% of total revenue in 2006. An increase in demand for private label soda could benefit Cott greatly, as its entire business is focused on this segment.

Everyone is actually gaining form the Private Label!

Who benefits from a decrease in private label?

  • The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP), Procter and Gamble (NYSE:PG), and numerous other manufacturers of branded products could be harmed by a rise in private label's popularity. Some manufacturers have hedged their bets somewhat by beginning to produce private label goods as well as branded products. Examples include: Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT), Nestle (VTX:NESN), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), H.J. Heinz (NYSE:HNZ), Del Monte Foods (NYSE:DLM), and Unilever (NYSE:UL). By producing private label goods, these companies would be somewhat less impacted by a decrease in demand for their branded products. Private labels, however, provide much lower margins than branded products, especially since these companies already cover R&D and marketing expenses for their existing products.
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