soft goods

Dry goods

Dry goods are products, often textiles and clothing. The term "soft goods" is also sometimes utilized.

Consumer goods definition

Within the United States consumer goods industry, dry goods refers to any retail products that do not require refrigeration or freezing to maintain. Usually this is accomplished with packaging, as well as less perishable ingredients. Fresh products that have some shelf life in normal conditions, such as produce, also fall out of the generally accepted definition of dry goods.

As a result of the above definition, in a conventional grocery store, dry goods are often colloquially titled "center-of-store" items, whereas chilled/frozen items are referred to as "perimeter-of-store" items.

A key differentiator of a traditional vs. supercenter format for a mass merchandiser, such as Wal-Mart or Target, is the significant presence of traditional grocery or drug store items that are not considered dry goods.

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