We can keep you up to date with retail and food-to-go format developments across Europe and North America. Our retail safaris will help you understand these innovations and what they mean for your customers, categories and markets.

Why go on a safari?

In an increasingly competitive market, staying on top of new concepts is key to understanding potential impacts for your business and customers. For both retailers and suppliers, getting to grips with the latest retail innovations and store formats is vital to surviving and thriving.

How we can help you

Our global coverage and local knowledge mean we’re uniquely placed to offer you a personalised safari service.

We take you to the fastest-moving, most innovative cities, such as Boston, Vancouver, London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Toronto, New York and Dublin.

Food-to-go; proximity formats; digital innovation; supermarket evolution; the future of discount. These are just a few examples of recent client focus.

We’ll tailor a study tour to your needs

But you can see a sample structure for your study tour below:

  1. Identifying your priorities, we will select the right location, stores and concepts for you
  2. A pre-session briefing, over breakfast or as a pre-read, will bring the local trading context to life, allowing you to sharpen your focus on the visits
  3. Your IGD market experts will lead your programme of visits, sharing our market and retailer knowledge. Where relevant, we’ll introduce you to the teams on-site to facilitate discussion
  4. De-brief sessions to maximise learnings from the store visits and help shape your group priorities

We’ll be on-hand throughout your safari to offer knowledge, answer your questions and take care of logistics. You’ll be able to optimise your experience and absorb all you can.

Get in touch with our retail safari chiefs to discuss your requirements

Shirley Zhu
Asia Programme Director

I am passionate about the everchanging retail landscape and how technology can empower grocery retail. Based in Singapore, I take retailers and suppliers around the region to see the best Asia has to offer.

Contact me to discuss retail safaris in Asia: [email protected] or +65 6460 4175

Milos Ryba
Head of Retail – Strategic Projects

I lead our European retail safari team. Based in London, the team has led tours around many of Europe’s most inspirational and innovative cities for food retail and food-to-go. We’re continually tracking new store openings to ensure you get to see the latest concepts in the market.

Contact me to discuss retail safaris in Europe: [email protected] or +44 (0) 7453 091898

Stewart Samuel
North America Program Director

I lead our insight programme across the US and Canada, tracking the latest retailer strategy developments and visiting new formats. Based in Vancouver, I’ve led tours around the benchmark cities in the US and Canada.

Contact me to discuss retail safaris in North America: [email protected] or (001) 604 721 7064

We look forward to welcoming you on safari!

23 June, London

IGD experts are leading an immersive experience across London’s best stores this June. Join us to see the latest retail concepts first-hand and be inspired by innovations in the market.

Date tbc, Singapore

Visit the most innovative and inspiring stores in Singapore to help shape your strategies. An IGD market expert will lead your programme of visits, sharing their market and retailer knowledge.

Locally operated Fresh St. Market has opened a flagship store in the heart of Vancouver, launching one of the city’s most anticipated new food retail stores of 2020.

Seeing the latest store concepts is a key element of a retail safari. We checked out Amazon Go in New York to assess its impact on the future of retail.

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