Focused product portfolio
- baby care
- feminine care
- family care
- fabric care
- home care
- hair care
- skin care and personal cleansing
- oral care
- personal health care
The company plans to focus on superior brands in these 10 product categories. According to CFO Jon Moeller, the company expects one-third of its brands to see over $1 billion in annual sales and the other two-thirds to see around $0.5 billion in annual sales.
Consumer and retailer expectations
P&G peers like Unilever (UL), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), and Clorox (CLX) plan to focus on more product innovations to meet consumer as well as retailer expectations. For example, P&G introduced the use of hard tags to make it easier for consumers to shop as well as to help retailers move out of stock boxes on shelves and at checkout.
These introductions should help retail (XRT) stores use space more efficiently, reduce products that are out of stock, and better control shrinkage. It should also improve sales and help in profitability. P&G plans to roll out the hard tags in the coming year and has already made the change in 100 stores with excellent results, according to Moeller.
Facilities in developing countries
The company plans to move production closer to its major consumer populations and distribution hubs. P&G is currently in the middle of constructing 25 new manufacturing plants and production modules, out of which 18 are in developing countries, according to Moeller.
P&G continues to strengthen its investments in critical capabilities, as well as in more in point-of-market entry trial and sampling programs, in order to improve sales and margins.
P&G has exposure in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), with 1.1% of the total weight of the portfolio, as of September 12, 2015.
To learn more about P&G’s business, please read the series Procter & Gamble: Your Guide to the Largest Consumer Staples Firm.
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