"Given the essential nature of groceries, the industry remains somewhat protected from outside influencers that can cause wide variances in sales. However, food deflation has put a damper on sales and squeezed profits the past two years, causing some price wars. Channel switching is frequent in the industry, as consumers shop around for the lowest prices and/or look to fulfill all their needs. Common areas of strategic focus include improvements to produce and other fresh products, an increased emphasis on private label brands, investments in e-commerce and how to evolve into a lifestyle brand rather than merely a place to conduct transactions."
- Diana Smith, Associate Director - Retail & Apparel
This report will look at the following areas:
Food deflation has dampened sales but brighter outlook expected Online marketplace has yet to take off Price wars contribute to channel-shifting