NPI Coordinates Product Launches for Domestic and International Health, Wellness & Beauty Brands

Mitch Gould, a third-generation retail professional, took the “traveling salesman” approach to a whole new level.

Instead of going door-to-door, Gould went from national headquarters to national headquarters, one of which was like visiting a small city.

“When I traveled to Illinois to visit the home base for KMart during the retailer’s heyday, I was astonished when I saw it,” said Gould, founder and CEO of Nutritional Products International, a global brand management firm based in Boca Raton, FL. “It was a small city with buildings and the like.”

Gould said he knows the retailer has struggled tremendously in recent years.

“At its height in 1994, KMart operated almost 2,500 stores,” Gould said, adding that now the retailer has only 21 stores left in 11 states and territories and 20 cities. “The story of KMart shows that retailers must adapt and innovate to stay viable.”

Gould said the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to change their working model to reach shuttered consumers.

“We saw the rise of home delivery, curbside pickup, and the dramatic increase of consumers shopping online,” Gould said. “E-commerce had been trending upward for years but people started buying items online that they had always bought in person.”

Gould said consumer shopping habits changed during the past 30 months.

“Brand loyalty has decreased during COVID-19,” Gould said. “Fifty-nine person of consumers bought new brands during the pandemic. Buying online but picking up in person also became popular, especially for the younger generations.

“Despite online sales increasing, nearly half of consumers still prefer the in-store shopping experience,” Gould added. “What does this mean? To stay competitive, retailers have to create exciting and viable multichannel shopping experiences.”

Gould and his NPI team advise health, wellness, and beauty brands on how to launch products with retailers and how to reach consumers.

“I streamlined the product launch process when I developed the “Evolution of Distribution” platform, which brings together all the moving parts of introducing products to consumers and retailers.”

NPI offers all the professional services brands need to launch their latest products, such as sales, marketing, operations, and federal compliance.

“Just like retailers, brands have to understand consumers’ preferences to stay relevant,” Gould said.

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NPI is a privately-held company specializing in the retail distribution of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, functional beverages, and skin-care products. NPI offers a unique, proven approach for product manufacturers worldwide seeking to launch or expand their products’ distribution in the U.S. retail market.

Gould, known as a global marketing guru, also has represented icons from the sports and entertainment worlds such as Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Ronnie Coleman, Roberto Clemente Jr., Chuck Liddell, and Wayne Gretzky.