From Upscale Discount Store to Pharmacy Produce Markets

By: Jana Pijak - Dec 18, 2015
These EDLC marketing strategies range from upscale discount stores to pharmacy produce markets that allow urban shoppers to make single unit food purchases. In addition to being adapted by successful businesses that have been around for years, an every day low cost strategy is also becoming a powerful tool for startups, independent retailers and even non-profits.

One notable example -- Daily Meal -- is a non-profit grocery store that offers healthy and premium food at a low price. In order to sustain itself, the business sources food items that are at a surplus or those nearing their expiration date while addressing social issues like inaccessible nutrition and food waste in America. Other standouts include Whole Foods' 'Store of the Future,' a connected grocery boutique that cuts promotional costs by encouraging shoppers to document their in-store experience on social media channels. With the help of interactive screens and hashtag reminders throughout the space, consumers automatically become Whole Foods brand ambassadors.

In the lifestyle realm, experiential discount boutiques like Primark and Find @ Lord & Taylor make clearance and overstock items desirable to a millennial demographic. In addition to featuring contemporary design details, these retail establishments also boast connected features and consistent branding that catches the eye of today's tech savvy and image-focused consumers. Lastly, examples like eco hardware shops and shipping container cafes save operating costs by investing in sustainable and energy-efficient building materials.