Corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies can take many different forms depending on the individual retail sector, but one thing is clear: consumers are using their spending power to influence the change they want to see on environmental issues.
The online grocery sector in Australia has shown strong growth as the level of trust, ease and willingness to purchase increases among online shoppers. When looking at countries that have shown the biggest percentage increase in online shoppers for fresh groceries over the past year, Australia ranked fifth.
What causes a consumer to pull a product into their lives? Simply put, we bring a product into our lives because it meets a need or desire. That’s the crux of Jobs Theory: doing a job that needs to be done.
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%.
Globally, more than six-in-10 respondents (63%) say they like when manufacturers offer new products. But while consumers across the globe are enthusiastic about new products, their purchasing patterns vary widely.
The Australian liquor market is in longer-term volume decline – research shows we simply drink less than we used to. So brands need to create appeal. Recent Nielsen innovation research shows that to obtain real breakthrough, products need to grow the category, provide new occasions and allow consumers to trade-up to a more premium offer.
Special K is an iconic brand with a strong following in Australia – it exists to nourish every woman’s journey to her own best self. But what if a new savoury, snack version was introduced? Would Australian consumers enjoy it and buy the product?
What do dieting, parenting and innovation have in common? All three have a surplus of books telling you how to succeed, but few of these guides actually work. And many of these solutions fail for the same reasons: they frame the fix in terms of mastering a set of tools, tips and tricks. To really change innovation outcomes, core beliefs about the innovation process must change.
Liquid breakfast has gained significant popularity among Australian consumers and has more than doubled its buyers in just five years. In 2013, one in four (25.5%) households chose to start their day with liquid fuel – up from 9.1% in 2008.
Innovation takes practice, a focus on the fundamentals, and creativity. It takes attention to detail and a passion for turning great ideas into products that consumers want. Great innovators make it look easy, almost magical. But into every breakthrough innovation goes immense time, discipline, and analytics.
In a market where volume consumption per capita has steadily trended downwards since 2008 (see chart 1), new products have been critical in driving up spend levels and overall dollar growth for the wider beverage sector.