The most common way that Belgian consumers find out about new products is by seeing them on store shelves (63%)—far above the global (48%) and European (56%) averages according to Nielsen’s New Product Innovation report.
Innovation matters. In the consumer product realm, it can drive profitability and growth, and it can help companies succeed—even during tough economic times. On the opposite side of the sales counter, consumers have a strong appetite for innovation, but they’re increasingly demanding and expect more choice than ever before.
In order to keep up with busy consumers, retailers are increasingly finding that they need to innovate in ways that make it easier and more convenient for their customers to get what they need and not miss a beat in the process. Channel and format are the stand-out examples of innovation in retail, but they’re certainly not the only ones.
Shoppers never stop shopping, and retailers must evolve to stay ahead of the pack and keep consumers engaged. And today, brick-and-mortar stores need to innovate continually to compete with e-commerce's growing appeal and loosen consumers still firm grip on on their wallets.
The need to differentiate from the competition is as great as it has ever been. For stores to stay ahead, they need to encourage consumers to increase the number of trips, grow the size of their basket, or both.