In today’s retail environment in the Philippines, going big doesn’t guarantee big growth anymore. Similar to many markets, small store formats like smaller supermarkets and convenience stores have expanded to move closer to residential areas and high traffic areas to cater to shoppers' busier lifestyles.
While sales of sugar-sweetened beverages have been weakening in the past years, the accelerated rate of decline in sales in February or a month after the implementation of excise taxes reflects consumers’ typical reaction after a price increase.
Comments by consumers and store owners on TV, radio, and social media are not enough to truly know what’s in their hearts and minds. As a manufacturer and retailer you need to go beyond the soundbites. A couple of months since the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, it is now time to dig deep into the impact of the law to the ordinary Juan’s shopping and consumption habit—not just on beverages, but on other items in the grocery basket. It is also important to look into how the neighborhood sari-sari store owner, Aling Nena would be making adjustments in her purchase and stocking behavior.
In contrast to the ongoing market challenges facing global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and retailers, consumers are in better spirits than they were at the end of 2016. In fact, global consumer confidence has risen three index points since the close of last year.
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.
Our outlook on life is often shared with others who have similar traits—and age is no exception. But many of today’s consumers are bucking yesterday’s preconceived generational notions. In fact, many older people are embracing a more technology-driven world, and sizeable numbers of younger people are turning to more traditional values.
The Philippines ranks third globally as home to the world’s most confident consumers in the third quarter of 2015, despite posting a quarter-on-quarter decline of five points to a Consumer Confidence Index score of 117.
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.