Each day, newspapers, magazines, and greeting cards drive millions of consumers into retail outlets. For many retailers, these goods are a key link to the local community at the store level. And yet, the categories are very challenging for a retailer to manage effectively: Thousands of items sold on consignment, and in the cases of newspapers, thousands of vendors, zone prices under the same UPC. All of these categories suffer from margin cloudiness and shrink that is hard to measure.
Since 2005, iControl Systems has solved this problem for more than 20 major retail chains across the U.S. iControl provides retailers and their vendors a turnkey program that comprehensively encompasses all aspects of these categories, from item-file set-up and maintenance, to allocation management, efficiencies, sell-out prevention, promotions, and of course, billing consolidation. With over 15,000 active accounts including CVS/pharmacy, Kroger, Safeway, Stop & Shop, A&P, Winn Dixie, and Barnes & Noble, iControl bring experience, know-how, and a track record of success.
Our mission is simple: Provide our retail-partners with a long-term solution that guarantees them a thriving, measurable, and profitable category using barcode-driven technologies. And at the same time, iControl believes that all supply chain partners must benefit. In that sense, we stand for business practices that reflect our deep respect for both retailers and their vendors. At the end of the day, millions and millions of customers buy products from retail outlets thanks to this partnership between vendors and retailers. Any solution introduced and any change made should include consideration for how to preserve and grow the business while taking costs and inefficiencies out, as opposed to punishing one side or the other.