Senior Retail Analyst Nick Gladding looks at how Christmas played out for the grocery sector and the key challenges facing our industry in 2019.

IGD forecasts the digital future for the food and grocery industry.

15 April 2019
With Easter around the corner, here’s a timely reminder on why you must make the most of seasonal events. You can download our free report for inspiration on ways to capture seasonal spend . To create closer connections with shoppers Shoppers are increasingly looking to businesses to meet their needs and aspirations in areas like social and environmental responsibility, and health.  ...
15 April 2019
East of England Co-op, our 2018 winner, tackled one of the biggest challenges in our industry: the fight against food waste. It took a unique and fun approach to helping customers understand best before dates.  Co-op guide to dating East of England Co-op is the first major retailer to sell non-perishable goods past their best before date. The Co-op guide to dating demystifies best before ...
15 April 2019
Disney is committed to inspiring healthier future generations using the incredible power of its characters and stories. In 2014, Disney strengthened this in the UK through two programmes: Be healthy and Be active. It led to a wide range of programmes in 2018 to encourage healthier living. What the judges said Natasha Maynard, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Manager at IGD, said: “Walt D...
09 April 2019
Greencore, our 2018 winner, recognised it needed to change. Management training wasn’t delivering; there was a lack of accountability and high employee turnover. So, it created the Line Manager Framework and Grow with Greencore. These winning initiatives transformed the company’s learning culture. How Greencore did it Greencore’s very proud to have hand-crafted its learning programme. ...
29 January 2019
Milos, our head of retail strategic projects, gives his view on the key issues facing food and grocery businesses in 2019. What are the major challenges for retailers and suppliers right now? I visit dozens of stores annually, talking to our members and collecting global insight and best practice. So, I’d bring out three areas: preparing for an omnichannel world – as a business, y...
09 January 2019
A look at how global ecommerce will develop from Simon Mayhew, our head of online retail insight. 1. Personalisation We’ll see further developments as we move towards offering shoppers their own personal micro store. Retailers and manufacturers worldwide are using big data and artificial intelligence to improve personalisation online. Shoppers’ personal micro stores will include feature...
18 December 2018
Drawing on data gathered from IGD’s ongoing research into UK grocery formats and supplemented by data on forecourts from Experian Catalist we present the latest (2018) store numbers by format, segment and operator. With the 2017 comparative alongside, the data shows the rapid growth of the discount operators over the year, while other areas are seeing only limited or even slightly negativ...
11 December 2018
Toby, our innovation expert, has highlighted the five FMCG trends you need to know about for 2019. Here, he talks about responding to change, the rise of data, and the complexity of our industry.  Food and grocery is becoming ever more complex Our industry has adapted to meet the changing needs of shoppers over the decades. And it’s still doing so. But the pace of change and increasing nu...
29 November 2018
Are you developing a joint business plan (JBP) to work with your retailer customer? Or working on an internal account plan? IGD Asia can help you . We’ve identified five areas you might cover in a plan. Read on to discover where to find this content on IGD Asia. We’ve used the retailer A.S. Watson as an example. 1. Strategic outlook by retailer Retailer profiles are the best pl...
05 October 2018
Fresh The Good Food Market in Camden Street, Dublin picked up this award at this year’s IGD Awards . Here’s why. 1. This store is a feast for the eyes Counters serving deli food, salads, hot food and doughnuts occupy around half the store space. They’re all attractively presented, allowing their freshness and quality to stand out. The store’s layout helps shoppers see they can...

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