14th October 2021
One-Click Away: Online Shopping Trends
Over the past 18 months, there has been a significant rise in consumers turning to online shopping platforms when looking for food and drink. This is due to two key factors. Firstly, this is partly due to COVID-19 which resulted in a number of people re-evaluating their attitudes to shopping due to lockdown restrictions and the uncertainty of mixing with other people.
Secondly, there has been continuous development and promotion of online shopping services, allowing consumers to save time and order products from the tips of their fingers. So how is this trend evolving and will consumers continue to purchase online past the pandemic?
Online Food & Drink Shopping
FMCG Gurus consumer insights show that that one in five
consumers now state that they now buy at least some products online. This has
increased considerably over the last couple years, however, 79% of global
consumers still state that they shop for food, drink, and household items in
store. Whilst COVID-19 may have accelerated the growth of online shopping, it
is something which is also attributed to slow changing perceptions to online
There has been an increased willingness to shop online with
69% of global consumers stating this as a result of the recent pandemic. This
is also highlighted as 37% of global consumers who have used online shopping have
only done so for less than six months. This again highlights the role of the
pandemic when addressing online shopping. However, a high proportion of new
converters to online shopping have been satisfied with the experience, meaning
they will continue to do so after the pandemic has passed. Moreover, increased
willingness to shop online means that brands and retailers need to focus more
than ever on expanding direct-to-consumer channels.
As technology advances and helps assist consumers in everyday
tasks, it is no surprise that is also impacting consumer shopping habits. Consumers
are seeking out new innovations to help with convenience as, leading them to
buying from different online channels. Amazon is typically not associated with
traditionally supermarkets, however 10% of global consumer state that they have
purchased food and drink products from the retailer.
Consumers are more likely to say that they have done so to
buy gifts, health and beauty foods, and sports nutrition goods. Nevertheless,
the research shows that if convenient online delivery formats can be offered, consumers
are willing to switch from traditional food and drink retailers. Therefore,
there is an opportunity for brands and manufacturers to innovate new delivery
formats which are easy and convenient for consumers.