COVID-19 analyst opinion

IGD’s team of analysts share their perspective on the key themes impacting the trading environment through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

01 April 2020
COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the food and grocery industry, with many teams heavily involved in crisis management or supporting supply chain activities. A dichotomy is being described by many of the people we speak to, with specific teams “in the thick of it”, to ensure the country is fed, and those that for one reason or another, have a bit more time on their hands.  Durin...
01 April 2020
Over the last few weeks we have seen retailers implement a range of social-distancing initiatives, including floor stickers, plexiglass guards and limiting the number of shoppers in store at any one time. We consider how retailers may start to think differently about the future store experience so that they can respond at pace to any future social-distancing requirements. 1. Changes to stor...
26 March 2020
With retailers expecting elevated demand levels to continue, although for most at slightly lower levels than recent weeks, we look at what changes are being made to support this and how they could shape food retailing in the future. 1. Range rationalisation: choice vs efficiency Most retailers are undertaking some form of range rationalisation, especially in high-demand categories. These in...
25 March 2020
Our team has been continually monitoring the latest developments from retailers and manufacturers globally over the past few weeks. In this article we highlight three ways retailers are and could further adapt their online operations to deal with the on-going effects of the pandemic. 1. Making online groceries available for those most in need We have seen retailers around the world flex the...