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.
On-the-go Kiwi consumers want their meals to be quick and convenient. Over the past year we’ve seen big increases in those who eat on the run (+22%) and buy take-away food to eat at home (+25%). For those with limited time, meal kits and prepared meals are proving to be invaluable.
The market for dairy products is highly saturated, and driving new growth can prove challenging. However, Nielsen research shows that consumers who purchase cheese on a weekly basis have a very distinct profile and appealing to this group of cheese lovers could uncover new growth opportunities.
In the lead up to Father’s Day this year, partners and children across the country will no doubt be racking their brains to pick the perfect gift for dad. Nielsen research reveals that millennial dads (aged 18-34) are a particularly different breed of dad compared to their older counterparts, with lifestyle and aspirations of this age group having evolved notably over the past few years.
Nielsen’s latest consumer confidence results for the second quarter of 2017 reveals Australian and New Zealand consumers paint a very different picture of their future outlook. New Zealand continues to ride its wave of positivity with a consumer confidence score of 103, the highest it has been in nine years. Australia, on the other hand, recorded a consumer confidence score of 89 - well below the global average of 104.
Advertising campaigns that resonate in the minds of consumers are hard to find. Encouragingly, understanding frequency - the number of times consumers see a campaign - has a demonstrated impact on resonance, and can ensure brands maximise their digital spend.
Australians love seafood. And while most of us already purchase seafood, there is still an opportunity to encourage more consumption, and grow the category further with innovation that caters to consumers’ evolving needs and tastes.
For on-the-go Aussie consumers with limited time between the end of the workday and dinner time, food boxes and prepared meals are invaluable. Delivered directly to households, food box meal kits include portioned ingredients and easy to follow instructions, allowing consumers to skip extensive meal preparation and dive right into creating their meals.
FMCG success today is now dependent on quality product images, solid SEO and prominent placement on e-tailer websites—far more so than simply having an abundant quantity or variety on the shelf at the local store.
Marketing teams strive to show how their smarts and silver deliver Return on Investment (ROI). Some global brands are looking for efficiencies by centralising marketing teams and exploring the merits of wider Pacific campaigns - so how alike are we to our Aussie neighbours and what are the differences to watch out for?
While unexpected by many, the Amazon-Whole Foods linkage highlights just how profoundly consumer expectations are changing with regard to food and beverage shopping—and will continue to do so moving forward.
Premium purchases are not just made in glamorous, luxury product categories. In the Pacific, it is the grocery sector that has the most premium potential. Consumers are trading-up everyday products in their shopping trolleys; and marketers can capitalise on premiumisation trends and consumers’ willingness to consider a higher price tag in key categories.
Unbeknownst to most consumers, tremendous thought goes into developing even the most commonplace products. As a result, product development in the FMCG industry is anything but fast-moving. But what if algorithms could help streamline the process and the outcomes?
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?
Ethnic-Australians’ spend on FMCG retailing is growing at a faster rate than their Australian-born counterparts. In the next five years, this important group of consumers will contribute a total of $18.7 billion (or 28%) in sales for the grocery sector. This represents an increase of $4.4 billion in incremental revenue, with Asian-born consumers making up 57% of this growth.
Innovations in the U.S. liquor market are creating new avenues for growth; and there are a number of key trends that New Zealand can learn from to boost local liquor sales. Danny Brager, Senior Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage and Alcohol Practice presents the latest Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits trends.
You’ve heard it a million times – you need to eat more vegetables, particularly your greens. In Australia, this adage appears to be ringing true. Nielsen Homescan data showed that volume sales for Asian vegetables jumped by 22% versus the previous year, while dollar sales jumped by 17%.
Over the past year, growth in the pharmacy channel has moderated substantially - to just below 1%. However, strong performance in other, smaller pockets of the store - including infant formula and cosmetics - signals positive future growth prospects in pharmacy.
When it comes to dining out or feasting on fast food, New Zealanders are certainly not afraid to try something different. Nielsen research shows that 1.4 million Kiwis eat Thai food and the number of consumers that have eaten it in the past month has increased by 17%.
Australians are willing to take to the seas with more than half (55%) considering going on a cruise. Strong growth in advertising spend from cruise operators is driving consumer enthusiasm, but questions have been raised as to whether Sydney’s infrastructure can support demand. If tour operators pull Australian ports from their routes, the current trend in advertising growth could face a sudden change in course.
Amazon’s expansion into the Australian market is expected to launch by the end of 2018. Three-in-five Australian shoppers are looking forward to buying from the (soon to be local) online retail powerhouse.
Aussie consumers are still bananas for bananas. It is the nation’s most popular fruit. Nine-in-10 Australian households purchased bananas in the year ending 24 February 2017 and total volume sales grew by 7.5% during this period.
Australians are big fans of the humble, yet versatile, cauliflower. In 2016, dollar sales for cauliflower increased by 12% on the previous year - and while this was partly driven by higher prices - consumption also continued to grow at a steady pace, with volume sales up by 2% on 2015.
China, with its huge population and increasing affluence, is a very lucrative market for companies and brands in the Pacific. The Demand Institute, projects that consumers in China will spend $56 trillion over the next decade, with a largely young, affluent, connected consumer base with disposable incomes leading the charge.
As we head into the winter months, Australians aren’t slowing down on purchasing their favourite frozen dessert, ice cream. The category has experienced diverse product innovation and creativity, with a broader range of products now available to consumers.
It’s no secret that consumers are increasingly connected online, both in-and-out-of the home. In fact, eight-in-10 Australians now own a smartphone, and six-in-10 use this device to connect daily. Whether they are grocery shopping, watching sport, studying, commuting to work or connecting with friends - these activities are no longer purely offline experiences.
New Zealand consumer confidence index reached 103 in the fourth quarter of 2016 – the highest score in nine years (since Q3 2007 where it reached 115). The index represents a two point increase from Q3 2016 and a four point increase on a year ago (Q4 2015).
Online retailing giant, Amazon, is set to shake things up in the Australian retail jungle when it launches in September 2017; with talks of it offering a completely new grocery shopping experience in the way it integrates physical stores with online ordering.
Whether it is driven by lactose intolerance, allergies, veganism, the paleo diet, or just general health and wellbeing, it appears New Zealanders are exploring emerging alternatives to traditional white milk.
December 2016 will be remembered as one of the hottest festive periods on recent record in Australia. However, grocery sales during this peak period remained cool, with just 1% growth in dollars spent during the four-week period ending 31 December 2016 compared with the same period in 2015 - well below the annual growth rate for total grocery.
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, 56% of Australians and 57% of New Zealanders say that they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
Grocery e-commerce, while still small in Australia, represents a major opportunity for retailers. Nielsen Homescan reveals that the average basket size of an online shopper is close to $100 - more than double that of the average basket shopped in a physical store.
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.
In recent years, retailers have increased their efforts in maximising the opportunities particular events and holidays can bring. In pharmacy, however, much of the channel seasonality appears to be driven by factors such as weather.
While grocery e-commerce is still relatively small in Australia - accounting for just over 2% of total grocery sales - it is growing seven times faster than the total market. We predict that online consumer spending will inject up to $2 billion of incremental sales into the Australian grocery industry over the next five years.
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.
The avocado industry has unlocked eye-popping growth in a mature category—without breakthrough innovation. Instead, avocados have grown their share of our wallets (and stomachs!) simply through significant and sustained investment in marketing and promotion.
Where growth is being driven (or declining) from can vary considerably by retailer and understanding the differences can help improve your category’s performance. Taking the craft beer boom as an example, we see how different market dynamics can be between banners.
When it comes to staying healthy, consumers are all too aware of how the foods we eat can affect our overall health. Almost a quarter (24%) of Australian consumers follow a diet that limits the consumption of sugar, while 44% say they avoid sugar as an ingredient.
The New Zealand consumer confidence index reached 101 in Q3 2016 – the highest score since Q1 2015. In the latest online survey, the three key drivers of New Zealand’s confidence all increased from the previous quarter.
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.
Third-quarter 2016 global consumer confidence remained stable at 99, up one point from the second quarter and unchanged from third-quarter 2015. Country-level scores, however, varied dramatically throughout the regions, reflecting considerable economic diversity around the world.
As consumers take the fight against obesity and chronic disease into their own hands, many are eliminating ingredients that concern them from their daily diet. Across the Pacific, consumers are adopting a back-to-basics mindset where a focus on simple ingredients and fewer artificial or processed foods is a priority.
Grabbing a bite to eat outside of the house is a weekly occurrence for almost half of global respondents, but are we stopping to savor our entrees or eating grub on the go? As it turns out, we’re doing quite a bit of both.
We’ve become so accustomed to our fast-paced lifestyles that it’s even crept its way into how we consume food. This is especially the case when you look at breakfast. So what does the future of the most important meal of the day look like?
While today’s consumers certainly scrutinize the foods that fill their pantries, they aren’t just eating at home. In fact, eating out isn’t just for special occasions; it’s a way of life for nearly half of global respondents.
Brands armed with new products have always rushed to be first to market, as first movers often establish a stronghold that can be difficult for later entrants to break into. But being “first mover” at the expense of being “best mover” can often lead brands to competitive disadvantage.
The ins-and-outs of what a healthy diet looks like may vary somewhat around the world, but simplicity resonates globally. While there is some variation across regions, the story stays the same: Artificial is out, many of us avoid food with long lists of ingredients and consumers are intent on removing the bad and adding the good.
Nearly two-thirds of global respondents say they follow a diet that limits or prohibits consumption of some foods or ingredients. Taking a closer look, a majority of global respondents say that when it comes to ingredient trends, a back-to-basics mind-set, focused on simple ingredients and fewer artificial or processed foods, is a priority.
Growing a brand isn’t easy, especially for those in in crowded categories. But even the most established categories change over time, and even categories that appear stable may be one critical innovation away from awarding one brand a significant long-term advantage.
Consumers around the world are increasingly focused on clean eating and the benefits of eating more healthfully, with 70% of global respondents saying they actively make dietary choices to help prevent health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
In modern retail, the use of promotions has slowly escalated to become a now-standard practice that has resulted in a shared reliance among retailers and manufacturers, but decent returns are increasingly hard to generate. So knowing which categories are more or less sensitive to pricing changes is essential for driving growth.
A core element in increasing share of wallet is understanding and responding to local consumer needs. It makes sense then, that differentiation from your competition could be an important way to build a competitive advantage. So what are consumers looking for?
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.
Modern retail has long been guided by a powerful premise: the bigger, the better. Retailers, consumers and suppliers all benefited from economies of scale, but over the past 10 to 15 years, the retail store model has evolved. So how can retailers stay ahead in the rapidly changing landscape?
When it comes to choosing a product, do consumers prefer global brands or local ones? Around half of New Zealanders (52%) try to buy NZ made products as often as possible but it really depends on the category.
When it comes to choosing specific products, do consumers prefer global brands or local ones? The answer depends primarily on the category, and there is a surprising amount of agreement across regions.
When it comes to cleaning products, it should come as little surprise that efficacy tops the list of most important attributes that consumers around the world seek out when selecting household cleaners.
As multinational companies continue to expand into new markets, often providing access to a greater range of products for local consumers, are local companies getting lost in the shuffle? Not necessarily so. In fact, many local companies are thriving.
Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Perhaps we should add dirt to the list. So who’s doing the cleaning, what solutions do they use and how often are they freshening up their homes and clothes?
Online shopping is growing around the world, but is this affecting how people are shopping in physical stores? Consumers aren’t simply “showrooming”—browsing in store and then going online in search of the lowest-cost option. They’re also “webrooming”—researching online and buying in stores.
Australia’s love affair with coffee and our fanatical café culture has been long been documented. Even at home, coffee is clearly still our drug of choice. In Australian supermarkets, coffee is worth $234 million - up by 13% on the previous year. For a mature category in a low growth grocery environment, this increase in sales is remarkable.
Despite reports our waistlines are growing, new long term data from Nielsen’s Homescan Shopper Panel paints a different picture of Australians; one in which shoppers are putting more fresh, healthy foods in their baskets, more often. Indeed, dollar value growth in fresh foods represented close to 20% of overall grocery growth over the past decade.
Lines between physical and digital worlds are blurring. In a market where growth outside of inflation has been stagnant, the future of the Australian grocery industry hinges on, among other factors, retailers and manufacturers leveraging technology to satisfy shoppers however, wherever and whenever they want to shop.
The Nielsen Global New Product Innovation Survey found that close to three in five (57%) global consumers said they had bought a new product in their last grocery shop. Australian consumers appear more skeptical when it comes to trying out new products, falling 20 percentage points below the global average at 37%.
When it comes to taking a risk on a new product purchase, why do consumers choose one product over another? What needs and desires drive new product purchasing, and which attributes are most influential in the path to purchase?
As part of a quest to capture additional sales, we have seen some pharmacies dabble in ranging grocery-oriented categories such as confectionery, batteries and giftware. In reality, these categories account for a very small share of pharmacy front-of-store sales and growth is muted compared with core or traditional pharmacy departments.
Lunchbox snacking presents the ultimate dilemma. Parents want to provide their children with healthy options, but recognise that ‘child appeal’ is still important. As such, finding ways to bridge the gap between nutrition, taste and portability is the key to both retailers and manufacturers winning in this space.
In the last decade, we’ve grown the market by $10 billion in retail sales. However, most of that growth was five years ago. Our research tells us that growth is out there to be had, but it is uneven. We predict the next five years will offer the market a $6 billion growth prize. But, as an industry, a shift in mindset needs to occur if we are to realise ‘real’ new opportunities for growth.
Despite evidence that the rise of digital shopping has become an influential factor in the changing retail landscape, consumer shopping channel preferences continue to shift. A review of sales trends for select FMCG around the world reveal that when it comes to trade channel importance, there is no single answer that’s right for all.
This month’s Federal Budget announced that the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on digital purchases from overseas retailers will hit the majority of Australians who are increasingly shopping online as a result of surging optimism for their financial future.
For retailers, e-commerce is only one part of the digital picture. A complete digital strategy includes interaction at every point along the path to purchase. Digital touch points occur both in and out of stores, and consumers are increasingly using technology to simplify and improve the process.
Imagine a grocery store where you can receive personal recommendations and offers the moment you step in the store, where checkout takes seconds and you can pay for groceries without ever taking out your wallet. Sound far-fetched? It’s closer than you think.
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.
A Super Consumer is the consumer who is both a heavy user of your product and highly engaged with your brand. With the right knowledge you can increase brand awareness and sales significantly, simply by showing your super consumers some love.
Half of consumers around the world say they’re actively trying to lose weight, and 75% of them plan to achieve that goal by changing their diet. But the road to good health isn’t always paved with good intentions. So do desires materialize where it counts—at the point of sale?
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.
The challenging consumer confidence outlook is fuelling the rise of ‘savvy shopping’ in Australia. Shoppers are prepared to shop around at different stores to find the best price – driving an increase in frequency of purchase, but also having the knock on effect of declining shopper loyalty.
Australian consumers are turning to ‘healthy foods’ to curb our growing waist lines and combat medical issues. More than half (56%) of us believe we are overweight and 78% think changing our diet to lose weight is more important than physical exercise (72%). The health craze has well and truly hit; we’re looking at our diet more closely, which is being reflected in our buying habits.
We’ve just completed a year of transformation in the retail industry, and looking at 2015, it looks like change will remain constant. But change brings opportunity, even within the familiar. Where to begin? Look to the shelf.
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.
In the past, private label Christmas pudding would have been unheard of. But look around supermarkets and liquor stores today and you see gourmet hams, award-winning wine and high grade vintage cheeses all sporting a house brand or exclusive brand label.
The days of modest and cheap private label products have passed and consumer support for store brands is increasing both globally and locally.
The market potential of the ALDI brand in Australia is subject to increasing scrutiny by the supermarket market majors and independents, pure online grocery players, suppliers, investors, property landlords, regulators and consumers! With such a long list of interested parties it’s worth understanding the reasons for ALDI’s success to date, and look at how it might evolve its current merchandise offer and proposition to maintain growth.
Sales of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmacy products is now a $5 billion industry in Australia – growing at a healthy five percent over the past 12 months. The latest quarter, which included the winter season, delivered even stronger growth. Notable sales increases for the vitamins and supplements, cough, cold and flu, and cosmetic skin categories are fuelling positive market performance.
Perceptions about private-label brands are favorable around the world, but value shares are not correspondingly distributed; they are much higher in developed regions like Europe, North America and Australia.
Eating between meals is almost unanimously widespread. Research from The Nielsen Global Survey on Snacking has revealed that 96 percent of Australians say they regularly consume snack foods. And while Aussies’ healthy habits do prevail overall - it's only by a slim margin. The concerning number of Australians who regularly skip meals in favour of snacks presents an opportunity for manufacturers to step in and offer busy consumers nutritious and portable meal alternatives.