Essentia Water Powers Field Teams for Significant Growth
At Wiser Solutions, we’re incredibly lucky to work with some of the most amazing brands and field teams on the market. We’re constantly in awe of the innovation, products, and commitment of these companies. So, we wanted to celebrate them and congratulate them on their success.
This time, we’ve chosen to highlight Essentia, a Shelvspace customer (now Wiser Solutions) who was able to employ a mobile data and tracking system that led to improved rep efficiency and performance as their field team grew. At a recent Beverage Forum, Essentia was named one of their Beverage Businesses of the Year.
Please join us in congratulating them and read on to see their story.
Essentia Water is the premium water market leader of ionized alkaline water. Over the twenty years since its launch, the brand has brought the rehydrating benefits of ionized water to U.S. consumers. It has been a long process, but the brand is now growing fast. By the end of 2017, Essentia Water was in more than 60,000 retail locations around the U.S. and hit $124 million in retail sales.
“In 2017, my overall focus was to support Essentia’s projected growth by helping bring every aspect of our business up to the level of performance that rapid growth requires,” Ken Uptain, CEO and founder of Essentia Water, told BevNET. “We achieved this through our team members demonstrating an unwavering commitment to broadening our visibility across the country, whether that was through sales, marketing, or operations.”
Essentia is one of the Wiser customers with a growing field team, allowing them to leverage a variety of the services and solutions we offer.
Essentia wanted a standardized, centralized process to monitor the retail impact of its street-level field sales force. A process that allowed both the Area Sales Manager to efficiently record and recall every retail interaction—and create a dataset that allowed Essentia management a macro view of what is going on at retail in real-time.
The process had to genuinely add value to the organization: from ASM to CEO. Wiser worked closely with Essentia to create the right mobile data and tracking solution to solve for all these needs.
Reps needed a way to identify opportunities and track performance. By working with Wiser, Essentia was able to adopt a platform that facilitated collaboration and helped the reps and their managers identify their best chances for success.
“[Wiser] is unique: Essentia gets to understand the challenges and opportunities that our reps face in real-time while allowing us to see our strategies at work in every store the team visits,” said Neil Kimberley, Chief Strategy Officer of Essentia.
Essentia was building out the right people to help grow its distribution efforts and reach new heights, doubling its revenue during 2017. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of their success, simply through offering a platform that made it easier for Essentia’s teams to maximize their efforts.
“[Wiser] has been a game-changer for us. There is no doubt our ability to see and understand our shelf presence in real-time is a big factor in our success,” said Kimberley.
[Wiser] has been a game-changer for us. There is no doubt our ability to see and understand our shelf presence in real-time is a big factor in our success.
Chief Strategy Officer
If you understand your retail environment, you can understand the challenges your reps face and can provide them with the resources they need to win. This aligns strategy from the boardroom to the shelf.
Essentia is a leader in connecting retail data to selling opportunities. It merges account and distributor performance down to the rep and store level using custom dashboards designed to facilitate collaboration and make wins easier.
At Wiser, we know that data is important. Essentia validated this belief by showing us the true value of rep-level information and its impact on distribution and reach. The more you’re able to see and understand, the better you can respond to any situation.
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