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.

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...
14 June 2018
As highlighted in this week’s edition of The Grocer, our latest research sets out IGD’s predictions for the future of online food and grocery retail. Here are some highlights We predict the UK's online grocery market will grow 48% by 2022 Shoppers will be able to choose from a wide range of specialist online retailers, underpinned by common and consistent delivery services We...
04 June 2018
Retailers’ investment in technology is just one of the themes shaping the market today. Explore the rest and find out where you can see them in action, with our Singapore-based analysts Soo and Johann.  1. Technology-driven stores From unstaffed stores using shopping apps to time-saving checkout solutions, retailers are relying more on technology to improve productivity.  Where you c...
01 June 2018
So far this year we’ve moved between the east and west coasts of North America hosting study tours for international retailers. We focused on providing inspiration for format development, tracking the latest ecommerce initiatives and showcasing new food-to-go concepts. Discover five stores that captured the attention of our delegates, chosen by our North America program director Stewart Sa...
21 May 2018
Online and digital isn’t complicated (although some people pretend it is). It’s just shopping, says our online insight manager Simon Mayhew. He talks about the challenges and secrets of online success. For a fast-growing area there are lots of challenges to overcome The big one is profitability, with retailers trying to reduce the cost of fulfilment. Freshness is an issue too. Many shop...

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