Trade marketing is a discipline of marketing that relates to increasing the demand at wholesaler, retailer, or distributor level rather than at the consumer level. However, there is a need to continue with Brand Management strategies to sustain the need at the consumer end. A shopper, who may be the consumer him/herself, is the one who identifies and purchases a product from a retailer. To ensure that a retailer promotes a company's product against competitors', that company must market its product to the retailers, as well. Trade marketing might also include offering various tangible/intangible benefits to retailers. The alignment of sales and marketing discipline to profitability can be another explanation for trade marketing.