Article list

01 December 2015
JJ Lynch of Leading Edge Leadership looks at the ways in which great leaders make their mark. Success leaves clues, and my experience has taught me that all successful leaders do three things; they influence the way their people feel, think and ultimately act. The greatest impact that any of us can have is to influence someone. Leadership is about influencing and the growth an...
27 November 2015
Drawing on results from IGD’s capability, development and progression report, IGD Category Capability Manager Ray Leung talks us through the key skills an insights professional should have and why it’s important that they are truly valued and continually developed by employers. The insights professional is arguably one of the most important assets to any company, and yet versus o...
23 November 2015
IGD Retail Analyst Priya Chandarana looks at the ways in which food discounters Aldi and Lidl are branching in to different channels to expand their appeal and market share. The year 2015 has been one of significant developments within UK discount, in particular for the channel’s key food players; Aldi and Lidl. Having achieved unparalleled sales growth over recent years, both retailers ...
10 November 2015
As we predict growth of 17+% for the convenience channel between now and 2020, Shopper Insight Manager Michael Freedman looks what convenience operators can do to make the most of the opportunity, and what the remaining challenges may be. For those companies trading in the convenience channel, there is a lot to be cheerful about at the moment. Convenience remains one of the three...
27 October 2015
Time at company:  I’m coming up to my two-year IGD anniversary Time in current role:  Same as above – I’ve been in this role since I started here Who do you report to:  Steve Jones, Head of Retail Insight What does a retail analyst do? Some of the key elements of my role as retail analyst for the UK discount channel include writing up latest news, creating insight reports based o...
20 October 2015
More than four in 10 (42% of) grocery shoppers in the UK could potentially be converted to online shopping, according to research being unveiled at IGD’s Online & Digital Summit this week, offering huge opportunities for growth in this fast-evolving market. IGD is forecasting online to be the fastest-growing part of the UK grocery market over the next five years, almost doubling in value from ...
14 October 2015
At the beginning of the year we made a number of predictions about the major grocery trends that we will see in 2015. Throughout this year we’ve been keeping a close eye on how these trends have evolved and materialised within the industry. Let’s see how we did… We identified five key areas that we thought would be at the top of everyone's priorities this year:  The store to doo...
09 October 2015
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08 October 2015
IGD Category Insight Manager Simon Attfield explains why new technology doesn’t always mean new tactics for successful shopper marketing. Since launching in 2007, Kindle has enjoyed great success through offering an alternative reading experience. However, earlier this year the UK’s largest book retailing chain Waterstones said e-book sales had plateaued, while sales of physical books we...
06 October 2015
Perhaps you’re thinking of moving into account management or have just secured your first job in this important industry function. However, you begin your journey, this short article will help you understand the key things you can expect to take charge of. 1. Being the expert A great account manager will be the expert on their customers, constantly keeping up to date with chang...