Dollar General Has an Exclusive Summer

Dollar General is kicking off summer marketing by spotlighting a bevvy of exclusive SKUs from major CPG brands.

A May 13 update posted on Facebook and Twitter encouraged consumers to “load up for summer with exclusive goodies" and linked to a store locator on The updates spotlighted several new SKUs available only at the retailer:

  • Hershey Co.’s white Reese’s stuffed with pieces (also promoted through a May 4 email blast),
  • PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew Maui Burst,
  • Mars Inc.’s M&M’s orange vanilla cream,
  • Hostess Brands’ caramel Ding Dongs, and
  • Galerie’s SpongeBob SquarePants Finders Keepers.

Instagram updates posted in May touted 18 exclusive colors of L’Oreal’s Maybelline fast gel nail lacquer and an exclusive, limited-edition chicken & waffles flavor of Kellogg Co.’s Pringles. A feature in the digital version of the retailer's May 17 circular also promoted the Pringles SKU.

Dollar General is additionally joining with Coca-Cola Co. for the fourth year to sell exclusive military-themed 16-ounce cans of Coca-Cola activating the manufacturer’s sponsorship of the United Service Organizations. A feature in the retailer’s May 24 circular promoted the SKUs.

Elsewhere in the circular, a feature introduced a new exclusive Morris' Catch dry cat food from J.M. Smucker Co.'s 9Lives named for the brand's feline mascot.

Exclusives are a major part of Dollar General’s promotional strategy and the dollar chain has not shied away from the tactic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically offered in limited runs, exclusive SKUs distinguish the retailer from channel rival Family Dollar and drive trips. Other recent examples of exclusives include a back-to-school design from Georgia-Pacific’s Sparkle and two exclusive flavors of Mars’ Skittles available last summer.

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