Sales & Distribution Mgmt 1

Sales Management
Sales Management as defined by:Sales Management is planning, direction, and control of
personal selling including recruiting, selecting, equipping,
assigning, routing, supervising, paying and motivating the
sales force.
Objectives of Sales Mgmt.:- achieve- Sales volume/targets
- Contribution to profits
- Continuing growth
- Top management
- Marketing Mgmt.
Further delegates to
- Sales Management
Sales Management – Cont’d..
Sales Executives as Coordinator:- Production Department –sales deptt.
- Advertising Department-sales deptt.Sales Department
- HRD-sales deptt.
Coordinating with Advertising
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What is Personal Selling?
Involves – oral conversations, either by telephone or face to
face, between sales persons and customers.
Contribution to Personal Selling:• Sales generate revenue
• Sales people provide market research and customer feedback
• Sales people provide solutions to problems
• Sales people provide expertise and serve as information resources
• Sales people serve as advocates for the customer when dealing with
the selling organization.
The four sales channels:• Field selling
• Tele marketing
• Inside selling – relying on phone, mail, e-commerce.
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Theories of Personal Selling:A) Is selling an `Art’ or a `Science’.
B) AIDAS Theory of Selling:where,
A = Attention
I = Interest
D = Desire
A = Action
& S = Satisfaction
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C) “Right set of circumstances” Theory of selling.
“Situation – response, theory.”
D) “Buying Formula” Theory of selling.
need (or problem) Solution Purchase
need product end/or trade purchase satisfaction/dissatisfaction
Need or problem
and/or trade
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“Behavioural Equation” Theory:B = P x D x KxV
B = Response or the internal response tendency, that is
the act of purchasing a brand or patronizing a supplier.
P = Predisposition or the inward response tendency, that is, force of
D = Present drive level (amounts of motivation)
K = “Incentive potential”that is, the value of the product or its
potential satisfaction to the buyer.
V = Intensity of all cues: triggering, product or informational.
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Personal Selling Processes
Learning objectives:• To understand about the steps in personal selling process
• To know the mistakes that can be done in sales.
Steps in Personal Selling Process
• Consists of creating new customers, and maintaining existing
customers. Sales people follow a series of steps in identifying
prospects and turning them into customers.
The Sales Cycle
1. Prospecting
Appointment making
2. Pre-approach
6. Follow up
3. Presentation
5. Closing
the sale
4. Negotiations & handling
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Straight wages or salary
Straight commission
Wages or salary plus bonus, and
Wages or salary plus commission
Mistakes in Sales
Not understanding selling
Expecting things to improve by themselves
Tacking too much and not listening enough
Using words that kill sales
Not knowing when to close the sale
Not knowing how to close the sale
Lack of sincerity
Not paying enough attention to details
Letting yourself slump
10. Not keeping in touch with markets about latest developments.
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Tasks involved in Sales Management
• Determining and achieving firm’s personal selling
• Formulating sales policies
• Structuring the sales force
• Designing sales territories
• Developing sales forecasts and sales budgets
• Fixing sales quotas/targets for individual sales
Creating the sales force
- selection
- recruitment
- induction/orientation
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Managing the sales force
- Compensation
- Motivation
- Morale building
- Sales coaching/supervision
- Evaluation/Appraisal
- Training & Development
• Managing the marketing channels
• Ensuring growth and developing new accounts
• Sales communication & report writing
• Sales coordination and sales control,including sales expense control
• Building sales organization
• Assisting market management in aspects like product mix, pricing,
distribution, advertising and sales promotion
• Creating and maintaining the right image for the company and its
products in the market.
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Areas where personal selling objectives have to be set:• Sales volume and sales growth
• Share of each product in the total volume
• Market share
• Profits
• Selling expenses
• Key accounts
• New accounts
• Addition of new dealers and expansion of channel
• Proportion of cash & credit sales
• Collection of sales proceeds/amounts due
• Pre sale and after sales service
• Training of dealers & customers
• Assistance in sales promotional measures
• Supplying market intelligence
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Areas where sales policies have to be set:Product - Appraising the product line on a regular basis and
effecting necessary rationalization and improvements.
• Which products should find a place in the product line
• Whether some of the existing products are to be dropped
• Whether any new products are to be added
• Whether product design or product quality needs to be
• What models, size, colours and packing are to be sold
• How product service is to be provided
• What kind of product guarantees are to be given
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• Channel design and channel types
• Channel remuneration, motivation and training
• Channel- principal relations.
• channel costs
• Whether prices should match competition or whether those
should be above or below competition
• Pricing method to be followed for each class of customer
or order
• Discounts and rebates to be given
• Teams of delivery/dispatch and terms of payment.
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Topics to be discussed:1.
Structuring the sales force
Deciding sales force size
Designing sales territories
a) What is a sales territory?
b) Why sales territories?
c) Criteria for territory design
Territory size
Territory shape
- Two common methods of designing
- equal workload method
- equal potential method
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4. Reviewing territory design
5. Assigning right territories to right salesman
6. Maintaining database on territories
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Fixing Sales Quotas And Targets:• A participative approach desirable
• Activity quotas- no. of sales calls, no. of dealer contacts,
no. of displays and demonstrations, no. of new
accounts,dealers added, cost &profit targets.
Creating the Sales Force
• Proper recruitment is the ABC of good sales management
Managing the Sales Force
* Sales Force Compensation:• Characteristics of a good sales compensation plan:i) Directs salesmen’s activities towards company
ii)Correlate efforts, results and rewards of salesmen
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iii) Stimulate the salesmen to put in their best efforts
iv) Help control salesmen’s activities
v) Enthuse efficient salesmen and help remove inefficient ones.
vi) Preferably provide two components of income: An assured income
and additional reward for superior performance
vii) Be fair and just to the firm and to the salesmen
viii) Reflect the current needs of the firm (a plan that was sound
yesterday may not be sound today)
ix) Be flexible and also stable
x) Be simple and easy to administer
xi) Be economic and competitive
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Steps involved in designing a sales compensation mgmt.
Describe the job(develop job description/ job evaluation)
Consider overall compensation structure of the firm
Make industry comparisons (what competitor’s salesmen
Solicit suggestions from sales force/field sales managers
Decide the compensation level
Decide the compensation mix
Financial compensation:a) Direct payment of money (salary, commission, etc.)
b) Indirect payment of money (medical care, paid
vacations, company financed insurance,stock options,
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Non-Financial Compensation
a) Opportunity for advancement (promotions, higher
responsibilities, better designations, etc.
b) Recognition & fulfill of esteem needs
Decide the weightage of the different elements
Put the plan into operation, watch, review and improve
The compensation mix
Straight salary plan
Straight commission plan
Salary plus commission combination plan
Salary plus group commission plan
Commission plus approved expenses plan
Travel compensation plan
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Straight-Salary and Straight-Commission Plans: Merits and Demerits
Straight Salary Plan
• Simple to design and easy to administer
• Provides a sense of security and a base of motivation to salesmen.
• Helps the firm control the salesmen better
• Ensures salesmen sell all products of the firm and not just those that give them
better commission
• Ensures salesmen attend to the long-term marketing concerns of the firm
• Helps avoid unhealthy rivalry/jealousy among salesmen
• Is particularly useful when the firm
Has chosen the pull strategy for creating sales
Has a set of fresh salesmen to the compensated
Goes into fresh territories
Sells a technical product involving long negotiation and a long purchase
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Sells a new product
Sells in a market that is yet to be developed
In situations where sales efforts and actual sales are not
closely correlated (e.g. sales depend on climate and the
seasonal products).
• It does not offer incentive for salesmen to increase sales
• Salary is a fixed cost, unrelated to sales volume or margin;
the company has to incur it irrespective of results/profits
Straight Commission Plan
• Provides incentive to perform better, as it rewards the
salesmen according to their performance.
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• Commission is a variable cost, related to the sales volume
or the margins/profits brought by the salesman .
• Is particularly useful when
The firm has chosen the push strategy for creating sales
High incentive is needed to get the sales
Not much non-selling work (such as setting up displays in
stores) is involved
The company is financially weak and has to relate its
compensation expenses directly to sales/margins
The market is highly competitive and sales are closely
correlated to sales effort.
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• Difficult to design and administer, sometimes commission
plans can become too complex, involving complicated
formulae, frustrating the salesmen.
• May not be of much use when the salesmen are absolutely
• It is difficult to control straight-commission people, as they
are freelancers, it is especially difficult to make them
perform tasks for which no commission is paid, e.g. they
may not care to provide the firm the needed market
• Difficult sales territories may suffer under such a plan.
• May lead to unhealthy rivalry/jealousy among salesmen.
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• If the product is highly seasonal, the income of salesmen
will be highly skewed, month-to-month and between offseason and season.
• Similarly, if the market becomes unduly depressed due to
some reason, the income of the salesmen would go down
• May result in excessive pushing of products without caring
out for the value satisfaction to the customers.
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Sales Force, Motivation Mix:1. Compensation Plan
- Financial compensation
- Non-financial compensation
2. Recognition
- Awards such as trophies, certificates, appraisal letters
and encouragement, job enrichment
3. Promotions
4. Proper performance evaluation
5. Good Sales Coaching
6. Good supervision (in person, by mail, by telephone)
7. Sales meetings and conventions
8. Sales contests
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9. Training programmes (induction and continuation)
10. Sales planning elements
- Good forecasting
- Good budgeting
- Fair quotas
- Fair territories
11. General management elements, organizational structure
and climate, management’s leadership style.
12. Sensible management
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Morale Building
Reasons for poor morale
• A variety of factors may contribute to poor morale of
• The sales territories might not be properly designed, with
the result that unequal burden is cast on salesmen.
• Some salesmen might be given territories with very little
potential, with the result that they can never feel the pride
of achievement.
• The compensation plan may be faulty
• Performance evaluation is not done with fairness and
• Unfair treatment in rewards, transfers and promotions
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• The organization is immersed in vexatious rules,
regulations and restrictions.
• Whatever be the reason, poor morale of sales force will
seriously affect sales performance. It will also affect
customer service, channel relations and public relations of
the firm.
Symptoms of poor morale
• Minor complaints get magnified
• Unionism suddenly shows its head
• Anti-management attitude, vocal criticism of company
policies –strong retaliation at every suggestion of
management and viewing the company as an adversary
may become common.
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Symptoms of good morale
• When salesmen show pride, loyalty and enthusiasm about
the company, its products, the sales organization and its
policies, it means that the sales force morale is high.
Ways of morale building
• Basically, sales force morale depends on the organizational
climate. For morale to be good, the organizational climate
must be good and the firm should follow sound principles
of management.
• Good sales force morale results when the organization
gives the right treatment to the salesmen. The organization
should also give them proper responsibility and authority.
• Fair play builds up morale. Sales managers and top
management must practice fair play towards salesmen.
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• Management must have proper appreciation of the unique
environment in which salesmen work. Salesmen are
`loners’ on the job, working all by themselves. The
psychological comfort of working in a group is denied to
them in their day-to-day work. They travel all the time,
living away from their families. They lead a life that is
different from that of the factory workers or office staff.
Special efforts, therefore, are needed on the part of the
sales manager to make the salesmen feel a sense of
belonging to the company. Sense of belonging promotes
• The sales executive should strongly support his salesmen
whenever they deserve it. His men should view him as a
dependable boss.
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• Good communication promotes morale effective communication is a
key ingredient in morale building. In many firms, salesmen do not
know what the management is trying to do and the reasons behind its
actions; and the management does not know what the salesmen think
and feel about various policies, decisions and actions. Effective
communication is the answer.
• To a large extent, sales force morale depends on how the organization
looks at the selling job and the sales force.
• Morale building, a continuous job. Morale building should start right
at the recruitment stage; during induction, it should be carefully built
up; and as the salesmen grow on the job, morale building should
continue; proper avenues must be created for them to achieve their full
• By ensuring good morale, sales managers can convert a `high potential
salesman’ into a `high performing salesman’ and an `average potential
salesman’ into an `above average performer’.
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Steps involved in designing and organizing sales training:• Spelling out the aims of training
• Determining the training needs of the sales force as a
• Determining the special training needs of individual
• Deciding the nature of the training and the type of
programmes required
• Deciding the context
• Choosing the methods
• Developing the instructional material and training aids
• Timing the training
• Evaluating the effectiveness of the training
• Training the trainer
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Aims of Sales Training
• Increasing sales
• Getting new accounts
• Faster turn around of stocks
• Selling a complete product line instead of just fast selling
• Better merchandising and sales promotion
• Better product knowledge/technical expertise
• Improving sales presentation and sharpening sales skills
• Customer education on products, their use and benefits
• Improving customer relations and dealer relations
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Objective & Scope of Personal Selling
- Sales managers
- Drastic corporate downsizing
- Sales executive:-expectations by:
- a) top management – holds sales executive responsible for:1. Obtaining sales volume
2. Providing profit contribution
3. Continuing Business Growth
b) Customers – consumers, wholesalers, retailers, dealers,
c) Society
i) looks to them to assume delivery of goods & services
ii) that final buyers want at price
iii) of increasing importance
iv) to market eco-friendly products.
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Type of Sales Training
• In-company training
• External training
• Individual training
• Group training
• On-the-job training
• Off-the job training
The choice will depend on the context, the firm’s requirements and
the costs involved
Content/topics of training:The basic topics on which salesmen are to be given training are listed
below:• Knowledge about the company policies
• Knowledge about the product range
• Knowledge about market
• Knowledge about competition
• salesmanship
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Instruments of sales control:• Sales targets and sales reports
• Sales expenditure budget and expenditure reports
• Travel plans and tour reports
• Watching the salesmen in the field
• Information gathered from dealers and major customers
• Inspection of depots/warehouses
• Sales conferences/meeting, monthly
The unique role of field sales manager:• Clear cut and highly visible job
• Fellow on the firing line
• Uniquely positioned with reference to company and customer
• Man management; his key job.
Physical Distribution & Marketing Logistics &
Supply Chain Management
• Ensures the physical flow of the product from the producer to the
consumer without this flow marketing cannot take place.
• Confers place and time utility on products
• Helps build clientele
• Where production locations and markets are distanced, physical
distribution becomes all the more crucial.
• A promising area for cost reduction.
Component Functions of Physical Distribution & Marketing Logistics
• Planning the overall PD system
• In plant warehousing
• Transportation
• Field warehousing
• Receiving
• Handling secondary transportation, secondary handling and sub-distribution
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Supply Chain Management – Cont’d..
• Inventory management at each level in the chain
• Order processing/execution
• Accounting/record keeping
• Communication
Steps involved in designing a physical distribution system
• Articulating distribution objectives and specifying the
minimum service level desired in product delivery
• Finding out what the customers want in product delivery
• Finding out what competitors do
• Keeping the costs of the system as low as possible, without
sacrificing the minimum guaranteed service level.
• Keeping the system sufficiently flexible
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Main tasks in Transportation management
• Assessment of transportation requirement
• Choosing the `mix’ of transportation modes
• Deciding the routing
• Development of operational plans
• Implementation/review
• Control of transportation costs
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Role & Importance of warehousing
• Like transportation, warehousing too vests the product with the time
utility and place utility
• In case of some products, ware housing vests the product with `form
utility’ as well.
• It is common knowledge that a certain level of storage is in escapable
in marketing of most products
• For products with high seasonality, storage is needed on a larger scale.
• In some cases, sub-distribution realities necessitate extra storage
• Storage reduces the need for instant transportation, which often
difficult and costly
• Storage is also a competitive advantage, as with better storage, better
servicing of the channel and consumer is possible.
• Storage also helps in balancing demand and supply and in stabilizing
• In case of some products, storage by itself acts as a stimulant of
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Elements of Inventory Management
• Interest on capital tied up in the inventory
• Warehouse rent
• Staff salaries
• Insurance
• Rates and taxes
• Stationery
• Postage and communication charges
• Administrative overheads
• Costs of handling, unloading, loading and stacking setting up of goods
in godown
• Loss due to damage and deterioration while on storage
• Cost order processing/record keeping accounting
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Functions performed by Marketing Channels
Facilitate selling by physically close to customers
Provide the distributional efficiency by bridging the
manufacturer with the user, efficiently and
Break the bulk and cater to tiny requirements of buyers
Assemble products into assortment to meet buyer’s
needs; match `segment of supply’ with `demand’.
Look after a part of physical distribution/marketing
a) Reselling
b) Retransport
c) Handling
d) Accounting
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Stock Holding
Providing warehouse space
Storing the stocks
Bearing risks
Transforming static stocks into operational stocks, thereby aiding
the sale process
Share the financial burden of the principal; provide deposits; finance
the stocks till they are sold to the ultimate consumers; extend credit
to retailers/consumers.
Provide salesmanship
Provide pre-sale & after sales service
Assist in merchandising
Assist in introducing new product
Physical Distribution & Marketing Logistics &
Supply Chain Management – Cont’d..
• Assist in implementing he price mechanism, assist in price
• Assist in developing sales forecasts/sales plans for the
• Provide market intelligence and feedback
• Maintain records
• Take care of liaison requirements
• Act as change agents and generate demand
• Channels acquire their importance by their functions
• Channels cannot be eliminated
• Channels/middlemen are no parasites.
• Channel decisions have a bearing on other marketing
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Alternative Channel Patterns:• Manufacturer – manufacturer’s salesmen user
• Manufacturer – “showrooms/depots – user
• Manufacturer – retailer – user
• Manufacturer – franchisees – user
• Manufacturer – wholesaler (stockist)/Distributor – Retailer
– user
• Manufacturer – wholesaler (stockist)/Distributor semiwholesaler – retailer – user
• Manufacturer – marketer – wholesaler – distributor – semiwholesaler- retailer – user.
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• Manufacturer – sole-selling agent – wholesaler-(stockist_/Distributor –
semi-wholesaler – retailer – user
Types of Intermediaries:• Sole-selling agent or a marketer
• C&F agents (CFAs)
• Redistribution stockist
• Stockist/distributor/wholesaler
• Semi-wholesaler
• Retailer/dealer
• Broker
• Franchisees
• Authorized representatives
• Commission agents
• jobbers
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Steps involved in designing a channel system:• How does the firm make the choice? How does it determine which
one is the best?
• Should it go for own channels – company owned showrooms and
depots/exclusive company dealer or prefer conventional intermediaries
I.e. wholesale/retail trade?
• How many levels/tiers should there be in the chosen channel design?
• How many wholesale points should it have to ensure satisfactory
market coverage? Why should they be located?
• How many retail points should it have? Which are the places where it
should have them?
• What should be the relationship between the wholesalers and retailers
• Formulating the channel objectives
• Identifying the functions to be performed by the channel.
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• Analyzing the product and linking the channel design to the product
• Evaluating competitor’s channel design
• Evaluating company resources and matching the channel design to the
• Generating alternative designs, evaluating them and selecting the one
that suits the firm best
Objectives Firms commonly seek from channels
• Effective coverage of the target market.
• Efficient and cost-effective distribution
• Ensuring that consumers incur minimum exertion in procuring the
• Helping the firm to carry on manufacturing un-interrupted `confident
that the channels will take care of sales
• Partnering the firm in finance and sub-distribution tasks
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Distinctive Characteristics of Industrial product
• Buyers are few
• Purchased only once in a while, as their replacement
rate/re-demand is low.
• Have high unit value
• Size at the time of a purchase is large
• They are complex, technical and often custom made as per
buyer’s specification requirements
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Supply Chain Management – Cont’d..
Industrial Products: Amenability for marketing through
• Only some industrial products lend for selling through
• The product must have a sizeable customer base
• It must be a reasonably standard item; not a totally custommade item
• It must a stockable item
• The unit value of an item should not be too high
In any case; industrial products need specialist distributors.
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