The rise in internet connectivity is influencing how Filipino consumers in urban areas shop. Close to 80% of Filipino urban dwellers are now online, and more than 90% of them have bought two to three categories at an average in the past 6 months.
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.
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 terms of golf’s global appeal, few markets rank higher than South Korea. Insights from Nielsen Sports show that 35% of people in the country are interested in golf, which puts it ahead of markets like the U.S. and Europe as the sport’s most interested population.
The Philippines ranks first globally as home to the world’s most confident consumers in the second quarter of 2016, posting a quarter-on-quarter increase of 13 points to a Consumer Confidence Index score of 132, according to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions.
Confidence among Filipino consumers continue to be the highest in Southeast Asia and second in the world, edging up two points to a score of 119 in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions.
In the first quarter of this year, India (with an index of 134) and Indonesia (117) were bright spots for consumer confidence among growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region, up three and two points, respectively, from the previous quarter.
In 1990, 57% of Southeast Asia was in poverty and access to daily necessities one could afford was not to be taken for granted. Today, so much has changed that a new niche at the high end of the affordability spectrum has emerged to fan the aspirations of consumers – premiumization.
While consumer confidence declined in 10 of 14 Asia-Pacific markets, the region still leads all global regions with an index score of 107. Among the four markets that improved from the previous quarter, the Philippines showed the biggest quarterly country-level confidence increase of seven index points, rising to a score of 122—the country’s highest level on record.
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.
Consumer confidence in Asia-Pacific increased in nine of 14 markets measured by Nielsen in Q1, compared to only three that rose in Q4 2014. Nine markets in the region remained at or above the 100-baseline level of optimism. At 130, India reached its highest level since 2011—up one-point from Q4. Confidence in India has been on the rise for six consecutive quarters.
Starting the year positively, global consumer confidence saw an increase of one point from fourth-quarter 2014, with an index score of 97. After a slight dip at the end of last year, when all regional confidence scores declined, it was a more upbeat start to the year, as confidence increased slightly or remained stable in every region except Latin America.
Female empowerment is growing across Asia as women secure better and more independent incomes, higher education and gender equality. In tandem, women’s spending power has increased exponentially in recent years, which will likely benefit a number of sectors, particularly grocery retailers and FMCG manufacturers.