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2015: Top Five Global Grocery Trends

Published on Mar 9 2015 8:03 AM in Features

2015: Top Five Global Grocery Trends

From drones to big data, start-ups to smart living, IGD predicts future-shaping areas to watch across the global food and consumer goods industry this year. By Laura May, Retail Business Analyst, IGD.

1 Store-To-Door Transformation

The year 2015 is one in which supply-chain innovators can shine. As online grocery sales rise in every major market, and the distinction between online and in-store shopping continues to blur, the industry will need to create new solutions for shoppers to order and receive products: anytime, anywhere. Pioneers include Amazon, currently experimenting with drone deliveries to reach shoppers within 30 minutes, as well as e-tailer Yihaodian, currently collaborating with convenience chain FamilyMart in China (adding hundreds of new pick-up points in prime locations).

However, in tough trading conditions, the cost-benefit equation will be critical, and retailers will need to seek ingenious ways to deliver quick, accurate service as efficiently as possible.

2 When Technologies Collide

The number of smart/connected objects worldwide could reach almost five billion this year and 25 billion by 2020 [Gartner, Inc., November 2014]. This will include new technologies like the Mink 3D cosmetics home printer, plus a widening array of everyday products that interconnect, e.g. Xiaomi’s air purifier sending a smartphone alert if air quality dips.

As the industry further explores how to interact with consumers in the home, on the go and in the store, we’ll see some exciting developments this year.

3 Finger On The Data Pulse

As societies across much of the world wrestle with ageing populations and rising obesity, health is a universal hot topic. New breakthroughs will arise from the use of devices such as smartphone apps and wearable tech to help people track their health continuously and in detail, from calories burned to UV-light exposure. If users can be persuaded to share this data, it will help companies deliver personalised communication to help make healthier choices. One company that’s already picking up on this is US retailer Walgreens, rewarding members of its loyalty scheme with extra points for each mile they walk, run or cycle.

4 Big Business Fights Back

Last year, many long-established industry giants were severely challenged by innovative and agile businesses of various shapes and sizes. As this year progresses, we’ll see which big businesses can react, adapt and return to form.

We’re certain to see retailers revealing new pricing tactics, such as Morrisons, the first retailer in the UK to attempt to price-match Aldi and Lidl. Creating ‘stores of the future’ will be vital, as retailers pursue ways of providing a shopping experience that stands up to, and complements, online.

5 Custodians For Customers

Shoppers are increasingly expecting ‘access all areas’ visibility into companies to help them make informed and ethical purchasing decisions. This year, we’ll see further big advances on the road towards total transparency, as businesses seek to make the right calls on behalf of their customers to earn and maintain trust.

Want to know more? Join IGD’s innovation experts Laura May and Toby Pickard as they share insights in an upcoming webinar. Register here: ow.ly/H0keB.

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