Convinced that huge levels of COVID-driven FMCG growth in many countries were masking a larger, fundamental change, a team of Nielsen data scientists dug into the data to understand the nuances underneath the broader retail data. And they were right.
Although the long-tail impact of economic slowdown will continue into 2021, the success of the FMCG industry depends on how retailers and manufacturers address evolving behavior and shifts in the retail landscape by leveraging best-selling locations and e-commerce, assortment and promotions.
Year-over-year CPG sales continue to track above pre-COVID-19 conditions, but the huge sales spikes we saw in the spring are unlikely to be repeated in 2021. Here’s what retailers and manufacturers need to be mindful of for the year ahead.
The stores we shopped in yesterday are not the stores we are shopping in today, and unlikely to be those we shop in tomorrow. There is no longer a need to squint … our data scientists have brought this phenomenon into plain sight.
Some of the highest revenue-generating grocery stores in the world are facing sweeping changes to their customer bases and their ability to deliver value to brands as people change where they shop—a change that, for some, may be permanent.
E-commerce was certainly not born out of the pandemic, but the pandemic has elevated consumer adoption and reliance in ways that would have otherwise taken years. Consequently, brands and retailers need to innovate to meet elevated expectations.
Six months into the pandemic, an early reliance on e-commerce has expanded into a fundamental dependence on still-evolving omnichannel shopping experiences.
When considering new launches, the role that advertising plays is consistent: Advertising drives awareness; awareness drives trial; and trial drives volume. It makes sense therefore, that when compared to existing products, new products are more reliant on advertising support to grow.
Two important narratives have been necessarily conflated as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way around the world this year: the devastating impact of the deadly disease on the lives of millions and their loved ones and the almost immediate effect on the global economy.
As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, consumers are dramatically changing their purchase and media behaviors. Nielsen is tracking these changes and establishing navigation beacons for companies trying to understand the changes and plan for what comes next.