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During Smoke Jumpers XVIII, Lactalis American Group was awarded for its impressive results using Blacksmith TPM, winning the customer award for deduction management.

Visibility can’t be ignored when you consider how it helped this frozen bread manufacturer and pastry importer.

Unfortunately, there are some nightmarish truths about your trade programs. Double, double toil and trouble; you lose more when dipping doubles.

For food manufacturers, using a broker's experience helps market your products and gets your products on shelves at minimum cost.

As many as 50% of consumers are now seeking more plant-based foods in their diet, and food manufacturers are listening.

Blacksmith Applications provided personalized explanations to help the broker lower the outstanding pending claims and pending dollar amount.

This an exciting time to be in foodservice manufacturing; 61% dined out at least once a week. Trade spend dims this excitement. Optimize your trade spend approach with these tips.

As an operator, you’re responsible for building rebate programs for your location(s). So, you need a way to connect all of the pieces together.

Foodservice manufacturers need to be on top of their contracted business and trade spend process.

The inability to differentiate between profitable and fruitless promotions is costly. Improve your TPM framework and boost your bottom line.

We Help Companies Spend Money Better

With thousands of variables and spreadsheets full of data, complexity is a staple of trade spend management. We’re here to change that. You have straightforward goals and your trade promotion management solution needs to help you meet them.

With our scalable TPM and TPO solutions, you get:

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Simplicity

Simplified UX reduces the number of clicks and steps users must take to get results. Manage contracts, validate claims and deductions, and integrate seamlessly with current systems.

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ROI

Access quantifiable real-time analytics that tell you which promotions work and which don’t. Save time, money, and resources while increasing overall efficiency and ROI.

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Insights

Integrate historical data, gain visibility into current promotions, and gather actionable intelligence to perform post-event analysis and inform future decisions.

The Best-In-Class Solution Trusted By Our Customers

Make Better Decisions Based On Real Data

Back in 2000, we started with one goal: find a better way to manage and analyze promotions. Since then, we’ve built a comprehensive trade promotion software and services solution that includes trade promotion management (TPM), trade promotion optimization (TPO), and trade promotion services.

Our platform organizes your data, so you can improve trade spend management.

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Trade Promotion Management

Our TPM platform handles your trade programs, brokerage commissions, budgeting, planning, settlements engine, deductions management, accruals, reporting and analytics, redistribution volume management, and marketing expenses.

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Trade Promotion Optimization

Our TPO platform guides your optimization, baselines, promotional event analysis, planning and reporting management, trade programs, reporting and analytics, budgeting, and planning.

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Trade Promotion Services

Our industry expertise means we offer a consultative approach to each client that focuses on foundational functions of trade promotions, such as implementation, system support, claims processing, analysis, and insight mining.

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Efficiency Through Automation

“We have been using Blacksmith for several of our divisions for more than 10 years. We wanted an expert that could lead us to the right decisions and the right ways of doing business. Blacksmith took us to that level.”

Tamie Griffith
Manager of Trade Finance at Rich Products
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A Smarter Way To Manage Trade Promotions

Our best-in-class trade promotion management (TPM) solution integrates seamlessly with other systems and helps you simplify trade promotion management.

Learn More About TPM

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Manage Promotions

Compile and organize every product, customer, and promotion into a single accessible interface that improves workflows and reduces complexity.

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Validate Claims

Easily validate claims and deductions. Build a system of trust between you and your customers. Track budgets and monitor processes to accelerate approvals.

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Analyze Reports

Access real-time reports to identify which deals are working. Use your dashboard to establish baselines and gather actionable intelligence.

Optimize Trade Promotions With Blacksmith TPO

Every decision has a measurable impact. Build an end-to-end solution by coupling capabilities. Trade promotion optimization (TPO), a tool built to determine the most profitable retail and grocery promotions based on historical and aggregate data, delivers:

  • Accurate post-event analytics
  • Better trade promotion spend recommendations
  • Strategic promo performance dashboards

Learn More About TPO

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Trade Promotion Services For Your Trade Promotion Software

Our customer success team is comprised of CPG foodservice and retail industry veterans. We speak your language, understand your challenges, and provide responsive, relevant support during implementation and beyond.

  • In-house implementation and support teams
  • Claims processing support
  • Data analysis, insights-mining, and ongoing consultation

Work with a partner that knows your business.

Learn About Our Trade Promotion Services

Find Out Why These Brands Choose Us

Businesses of every size partner with us. CPG manufacturers trust Blacksmith to deliver a return on their investment.

Hear what our clients have to say

Improved Efficiency

Tyson Foods, a multinational brand with over $42 billion in annual sales, uses Blacksmith TPM to improve efficiency and invest in strategic trade planning.

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Enhanced Tactics

Consumer favorite superfood-filled organic brand Purely Elizabeth implemented Blacksmith TPM and TPO to support their investments in trade.

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+16% Promotional ROI

Farmer-owned and well-known juice and jelly producer Welch’s uses Blacksmith TPO to manage and optimize trade promotions.

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The CPG Industry Is What We Know Best

We hear from our customers that our experience in the CPG Industry is what sets us apart. Our trade promotion software is founded on well over 100 years of combined experience at companies like KraftHeinz, McCain, Pactiv, Conagra, and many, many more.

You need a trade spend management partner that:

  • Speaks your language and understands your business
  • Genuinely listens and offers responsive solutions
  • Streamlines decision-making and improves efficiencies

That’s us. Our CPG Industry roots are integral to our CPG software. It’s that simple.

Meet The Blacksmith Team

Foodservice And Retail Deserve Effective Trade Promotion Software

Our expertise in the CPG foodservice and retail industries means we understand the unique challenges you face. And our TPM and TPO solutions are customized to these specific needs:

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Specialized Foodservice Features

Find out how our TPM solution simplifies everything – from contract entry to reporting and analytics.

  • Contract Entry
  • Contract Approval
  • Claim Resolution
  • Deduction Matching
  • Analytics

View Our Foodservice Capabilities

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Distinct Retail Functionality

Discover how to use TPM and TPO to manage the weekly flow of retail and demands and optimize ROI.

  • Promotion Calendars
  • Volume Planning
  • Margin Analytics
  • Retail Analytics

View Our Retail Capabilities

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Smoke Jumpers: Our Trade Promotions And Tech Conference

Part of what makes our trade promotion solutions best-in-class is our deep commitment to trade best practices and technology innovation.

Our annual Smoke Jumpers conference, while presently postponed, serves as an opportunity to connect the best and brightest from the industry.

Find out more about Smoke Jumpers events, the community, and our flagship trade trends magazine by the same name.

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Talk Shop And Follow The Latest From The CPG Industry

Building connections and strengthening the industry is part of our mission. Check out our industry analyses, news, and resources for trade spend management professionals. View All Resources

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Read up on the latest CPG industry trade strategies and sales planning best practices. Share in a community of learning by exploring the latest trends.

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Make the most of your product research experience and learn about our applications in just a few minutes with web demo videos.

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From glossaries to guidebooks, our resource library provides a wealth of resources for both CPG industry veterans and newcomers.