Consumer spending in the grocery sector continues to slow, with sales declining to -1.6% in the most recent four weeks, in the context of the 2018 bumper spring, this spring has been tougher for supermarkets.
Following a slow start to the year, consumer spending in the grocery sector increased in April by +5.9% for the four weeks to 20th April, the highest level since the late Easter in 2014 and the summer heatwave of 2013, according to data released today by Nielsen.
Consumer spending in the grocery sector has continued to slow for the third consecutive month, with sales up +1.2% in the last four weeks, below the CPI rate of +1.9%, and compared to +2.5% this time last month.
Growth in the grocery sector has slowed since January, with sales up +2.5% compared to +3.3% this time last month. However, there is opportunity for retailers online, as the online grocery market has hit a huge value of £8.5bn per annum.
While online has been growing as a channel in several developed markets in recent years, it’s broadening in scope, and is fast becoming a popular shopping destination for consumers around the world, particularly those looking to purchase premium products, as these platforms are able to attract shoppers and generate sales by providing exclusive product ranges and compelling deals.
When the notion of MUP was first introduced, I remember thinking “this is big!” and I wondered how the industry would react. I also wondered how I would react if the same were to be implemented in England; would it make a difference to how or what alcohol I buy? Would I even notice the price rises?
As companies look to break into new markets, they must understand that each market demands its own approach. In burgeoning sustainability markets, however, natural and organic are paving the way for more detailed and specific claims.
While shoppers visited more supermarkets more frequently this Christmas, in a competitive retail environment, grocery sales growth slowed to +1.8% in the last four weeks, almost half the growth (+3.7%) enjoyed at the same time last year.
Sales momentum remains weak across the grocery industry, with headline growth of +2.3% over the last four weeks, according to data released by Nielsen. However, despite the slow start to Christmas spending, we predict that grocery shoppers will spend £7 billion in the crucial two week period (ending 29th December).
Looking for a better lifestyle, consumers are searching for options that are healthier for them and for their homes. The good news is that companies can be benevolent and bankable if they understand the intricacies of these forces and react accordingly.
A new era of sustainability is rising and it’s touching every corner of the world. Consumers in markets big and small are increasingly motivated to be more environmentally conscious and are exercising their power and voice through the products they buy. But why do these shifts feel so urgent?
With rising consumer uptake across e-commerce categories, online FMCG growth is accelerating across the globe. In fact, we estimate that online FMCG growth will accelerate four times faster growth than offline sales in the next five years.
A slight drop in consumer sentiment in the second quarter was reflected in a slight pullback in spending in certain markets, as skepticism about the future had some consumers feeling as though their free cash would be better served in savings rather than on discretionary purchases.
E-commerce is becoming an important factor in further driving fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) growth across major markets globally. View our webinar to explore the framework of 10 key drivers for e-commerce success and which combination of drivers are importance based on their respective markets.
Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) e-commerce has seen recent success in many markets around the globe on the heels of new investments in technology, start-up ventures and innovation in business models. Nielsen’s Future Opportunities in FMCG E-commerce study examines the e-commerce landscape in 34 markets around the globe, influenced by foundational, macro-economic, social and supply growth drivers.
Consumers around the globe are feeling stretched due to changes in lifestyle, challenging working hours and longer commutes. Hyperconnectivity, rapid urbanisation and changes in households are influencing buying decisions of global consumers.
Convenience isn’t just about store formats, products or packaging. And it means more than the latest technologies or new engagement strategies. Rather, it’s about every encounter, interaction and action that can help fulfill consumers’ growing demand for efficiency.
Shortcuts and automation are top of mind as consumer chase ways to overcome everyday obstacles to effortless living. For FMCG companies, the task at hand involves adapting and enhancing their solutions to do more than keep pace—they’ll need to stay ahead of the pace.
During the five weeks of the competition, French retailers (hypermarkets, supermarkets, drives, convenience and discounters) generated €211 million more1 in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) than during the same period in 2017 (ia +2.1% increase).
If you can’t see it, it must not be there, right? In the FMCG market, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. That’s because every category has a certain concentration of brands that aren’t top of mind for many, but they have the ability to shift the overall landscape if conditions are right.
One consumer product category that shows promise is snack foods. A rare global growth story, snacks are satisfying consumer cravings around the world—in fact, the snacking business grew US$3.4 billion globally in 2017.
There’s a new retail revolution underway, and it’s going to affect the global food industry in ways the market hasn’t seen before. The revolution comes at the hand of store-branded products, which continue to gain share across all major geographies.
While sales of fast-moving consumer goods in some traditionally successful markets like the U.S. saw signs of softness in early 2017, opportunities for growth are still readily available if you know where to look.
There’s a new retail revolution underway, and it’s going to affect the global food industry in ways the market hasn’t seen before. The revolution comes at the hand of store-branded products, which continue to gain share across all major geographies around the globe.
For a decade, emerging markets have ignited the global economy, contributing more than 80% to its economic expansion. Today, these markets consistently perform a remarkable three to four times better than their developed market counterparts in the FMCG industry.
Backed by rising consumer confidence and optimism, many of the world’s economies are experiencing degrees of positive momentum. In some cases, that momentum is strong; in others, it’s subtle, but still worth noting.
In this webinar, we explored the market drivers and nuances, latest consumer behaviours and fundamental factors behind the future of e-commerce to help you understand what it takes to win the battle of the online basket.
Thanks to globalization and connectivity, consumers around the world have access to a wider array of products than ever. So how much weight does the “made in” moniker carry when it comes to purchase motivation?
Global FMCG retail is pegged at $4 trillion today, growing at a rate of just 4%, with signs of continuing sluggish performance in developed markets. On the other hand, total retail e-commerce is predicted to grow by 20% (combined annual growth rate) to become a $4 trillion market by 2020.
The world is increasingly complex, instrumented and virtual. There’s vast amounts of information about consumers and the factors that influence their behavior that simply didn’t exist in the data warehouse era. Here, we take a closer look at how all this data will affect retail when it comes together with recent technology trends.
The variety and increasing scale of data, as well as the scope of activity it is meant to inform, demands a solution that goes well beyond a simple enterprise data warehouse. So what might that more robust solution look like?
The premium sector is growing globally, and as it turns out, it isn’t ritzy categories like diamonds and champagne that are topping the charts. Rather, global consumers are most often willing to trade up for everyday consumables.
Around the world, consumers are looking for a taste of the good life. And it’s not just those who are wealthy. Sales of products in the “premium” tier are growing at a rapid pace. In fact, the growth of the premium sector in many markets is outpacing total growth for many fast-moving consumer goods categories.
This study identifies the attributes consumers are looking for in premium product offerings, and reveals the underlying sentiment behind the reasons for purchase. We explore what “premium” means to consumers, and we identify the categories for which they’re most willing to pay a higher price.
Consumers are faced with a dizzying array of retailers vying for their attention, and a retail loyalty program can be a determining factor for where they decide to shop. In fact, 72% of global respondents agree that, all other factors equal, they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
When it comes to the most-valued loyalty-program benefits, monetary incentives top the list in every region. However, creating meaningful differentiation requires offering more than generic deals, and thinking beyond monetary perks can help brands stand out.
Global consumers, by and large, have more shopping choices at their disposal than ever before. For retailers, differentiating your brand in such a crowded space is critical. A retail loyalty program can be an effective way to create competitive advantage by reducing customers’ likelihood to switch stores.
Done well, loyalty programs can help drive more frequent visits and heavier purchasing. More than seven in 10 global respondents (72%) agree that, all other factors equal, they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
Retail players have long believed that large-format stores will eventually take over the landscape, but today’s reality disproves the “bigger is always better” myth. Although large stores still account for 51% of global sales, smaller channels are growing sales up to eight times as fast their larger counterparts.
Modern retail has long been guided by a powerful premise: the bigger, the better. But the retail landscape is shifting, and this mantra no longer holds true in all cases. This report explores the pain and pleasure points in global consumers' shopping experiences.
A major company with a complex call center environment was keen to get to improve the customer experience for those calling the call center requiring billing and support services. With such a high volume of calls, they wanted the ability not just to listen to their customers’ experiences, but also to be able to act upon their feedback to drive greater satisfaction and to ensure that customers would be less likely to churn.
This sizeable organisation had identified that large volumes of customers were experiencing dissatisfaction with their digital services, driving disgruntled customers to their call centre to complain. The company needed to identify the main causes of dissatisfaction amongst those interacting with the digital channel in order to improve the experience and reduce the number of customer complaints being made through the call centre.
A Global 500 company found their existing customer experience feedback programme to be too limited in terms of the volume of feedback generated, the cost of acquiring feedback and their ability to react to feedback as quickly as possible after the event. Their use of telephone interview provided too many limitations to their ambition of being more effective at delivering great service and reacting to any poor service experiences.
This Fortune 1000 company wanted to be able to acquire significantly more customer experience feedback in order to improve the services delivered to customers, but were suffering from extremely low response rates, despite spending significant sums on telephone interviews to try and achieve their goals.
Nielsen looks at the financial implications of customer churn in the Teleco marketplace in Europe, sizing the risk and providing solutions to help organisations manage customer churn in order to save revenue and protect their business from revenue loss.
While connected commerce is still largely a domestic affair, cross-border ecommerce is a growing phenomenon. Shoppers are increasingly looking outside their country’s borders, as more than half of online respondents in the study who made an online purchase in the past six months say they bought from an overseas retailer.
For both baby food and diaper brands, 70% of global respondents say they have switched brands. Their reasons for switching baby food, however, are somewhat different than their reasons for switching diapers.
When it comes to learning about which diapers are best, 44% of global respondents go direct to the people they know and trust for recommendations, which is the top source of information in every region.
Nielsen’s African Prospects Indicator provides existing and potential investors in Africa with comprehensive insights across an extensive range of indicators, culminating in an unambiguous ranking of Sub-Saharan African countries.
When it comes to keeping babies comfortable and clean, diapers are a top priority for parents—and one for which they spare no expense. In fact, Nielsen estimates diaper sales around the world will exceed $29 billion in 2015.
Becoming a parent can be a daunting endeavor, full of many “firsts.” But before first words and steps, come first foods. So who do new parents turn to most for advice about the best baby food/formula to buy for the first time? While friends and family rank highest, consumers don’t just rely on their circles for guidance.
From the pureed food on spoons to the formula in bottles, you’d be hard pressed to find a parent who didn’t want the best for their baby. And they're willing to spend for it. But for baby care manufacturers, there’s plenty at stake in the battle for baby bucks.
Brand building can be costly and time consuming, so the ability to grow via line extensions—the use of an established product brand for a new item in the same category–can be extremely advantageous. In fact, line extensions are approximately three to four times more common than “new manufacturer” and “new brand” launches combined.
Does the lowest price always win? In Europe's sluggish economy, it can certainly seem that way. But a recent Nielsen study found the three things topping consumers' shopping lists were convenience, shopping experience and quality products.
Imagine a grocery store where you can receive personal recommendations and offers the moment you step in store, your checkout takes seconds and you can pay for groceries without ever taking out your wallet. Sound far-fetched? It’s closer than you think.
People who are more informed, engaged and active when it comes to social and business issues around the world are increasingly inquisitive and knowledgeable about the companies they choose to buy from. In fact, there are signs that they’ve never been more interested in the reputation of companies they do business with.
Africa is on companies’ growth agenda for obvious reasons. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa, it has the world’s greatest proportion of young people, and it has a burgeoning urban population with growing demand for many goods not yet widely available, as well as the means to buy them.
The question that marketers and retailers in Russia need to answer is: How do I win with the new Russian consumer who suddenly has far less disposable income than a year ago? Winning today will definitely be difficult, given the environment, which means that assortment and price are more important than ever.
Health and wellness are hot topics around the globe, and they have been for years. Despite the immense amount of attention devoted to the topic, however, the obesity rate is high—and rising. The good news, however, is that consumers around the world are taking steps to take charge of their health.
Nielsen has followed up its recent Global Snacking report with an infographic to sum up the latest global trends in snacking.It shows that the global snacking market is worth more than $374 billion annually.In Europe, confectionery represents the biggest contributor to the overall snack category, with sales of $46.5 billion.
Although private label share of FMCG in Ireland has not yet reached the levels of some of our European counterparts, it is a significant player reaching 25%* value share this year. Private label has become an essential staple in consumer’s shopping baskets and perceptions are overwhelming positive in Europe.
Are consumers using the Internet to research products with the intention of making a purchase online, or are they taking this new knowledge back to brick-and-mortar retail outlets to make the transaction? It seems the answer largely depends on the product. The Nielsen Global Survey of e-commerce polled more than 30,000 internet respondents in 60 countries to examine online shopping and purchasing intentions of consumers worldwide.
Creating and supporting strong career paths for youth is essential to the success of any society. Across the world, Nielsen has committed to having an uncommon social, economic and environmental impact in local communities; and we are proud to continue that commitment through our involvement with Alliance 4 Youth program.
European shoppers have grown increasingly focused on value, cost and convenience—attributes that have sparked expansion in the discount trade channel, the development of smaller store formats in many countries and the creation of a new online channel in some countries.
Capitalising on key events during the year is vitally important for the FMCG industry. The Nielsen Ireland Spring Review uncovers the performance of key categories during the occasions which have occurred in the first half of the 2014.
Irish Consumers value social responsibility. In the past six months forty-five percent of Irish respondents claim to have purchased at least one product or service because they knew that the company was committed to positive social and environmental impact.
Findings contained in the latest Ireland Nielsen Pulse Newsletter reveal that Aldi and Lidl continue to gain share with their combined sales up +18.6% (MAT data to Mar/Apr 2014) while the Multiples suffer declines as a result.
Ireland’s consumer confidence was again boosted in Q1 2014 reaching an index of 82 according to the latest figures from Nielsen. This is five points higher than the previous quarter (Q4 2013) and a significant seventeen points higher than the same period last year. This latest wave of research comes on the back of Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF aid programme and the country’s full return to sovereign debt markets for the first time since the euro-region’s crisis began in 2009. Reaching such a significant milestone is sure to have had a positive impact on the nation's optimism.
Times are changing for Europe’s retail food market, and operators are consequently finding it increasingly difficult to boost their sales. Three agents of change have affected food retailing in Europe over the last 20 years. Europe’s markets initially swelled with rapid store expansion and the discount channel boomed.
Choice is a significant contributor to the growing fragmentation in the media market, as well as an unprecedented availability of consumer data. Consumers now have myriad platform, device, viewing occasion and product choices, and they’ve baked most of these choices into their everyday lives. This proliferation of choice, however, has created a spider-webbing of options for marketers to keep track of. A Marketer’s role has now shifted from “communicator” to “consumer scientist”.
Nielsen's top convenience experts explore the trends and changes that will impact the growing convenience market over the next few years. From Asia's c-store sector and the small format evolution in the US, to why the UK could be leading the transformation in how we shop, these two webcast sessions provide a global view of the key issues shaping this critical consumer sector.