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  • IGD in Asia with RedMart

    On Thursday 23 February, over 200 leading regional and local suppliers met RedMart, the largest online retailer in Singapore (and now a division of Lazada, owned by Alibaba, the world's largest online retailer,) to hear their exciting plans for the year ahead, how the retailer will continue the strong...

  • Three trends shaping Asian grocery in 2017

    21 February 2017

    With an eye on the year ahead, IGD’s Nick Miles, Head of Asia-Pacific, highlights three key trends we expect to shape the Asian grocery market and influence retailer strategy in 2017.

  • Western Europe: outlook for 2017

    21 February 2017

    Keshia Walvin, Senior Retail Analyst at grocery research organisation IGD, outlines the five key trends she expects to shape the Western European grocery market and influence retailer strategy over the next 12 months.

  • Five priorities for Sainsbury's in 2017

    15 February 2017

    Sainsbury's has entered 2017 with new energy, ideas and a strengthened leadership team to drive the business forward. In this article senior retail analyst Nick Gladding explores five areas of opportunity and what they mean for suppliers.

  • The way forward for UK Grocery in 2017

    01 February 2017

    If you missed the webinar on 26 January watch the recording for our forecasts and predications for the UK grocery market in 2017 and our recap of Christmas 2016.

  • How premium retailers are driving growth

    25 January 2017

    Premium retailers are delivering consistently strong performances in tough economic times. Find out the secrets of their success.

  • The evolution of the physical store

    25 January 2017

    Innovation analyst Toby Pickard takes a look at the latest 'store of the future' concepts that have recently been launched around the world.

  • Predictions for the Australian grocery retail market

    20 January 2017

    The Australian grocery market is more competitive than ever. Two of Asia-Pacific’s largest retailers are battling it out for market leadership, the online, discount and wholesaling channels are growing rapidly, and new contenders are potentially set to enter the market.

  • One-click ordering: what does the future look like?

    15 December 2016

    Our innovation analyst Toby Pickard examines developments in one-click ordering, and what they mean for retailers and suppliers.

  • What next for Asda?

    08 December 2016

    Senior retail analyst Chris Kirkland takes a closer look at possible priorities for Asda chief executive Sean Clarke. What do these mean for Asda and its suppliers?

  • Selling online in Asia: four emerging online grocery models

    16 November 2016

    Shirley Zhu, Programme Director on IGD’s Asian research team, assesses four of the major opportunities for online grocery retailing in the region.

  • Understanding Amazon in the UK

    26 October 2016

    Discover more about the evolution of Amazon in the UK, and what it will require from its most successful vendors in the future.

  • The Big Debate 2016: event round-up

    24 October 2016

    IGD's second Big Debate took place last week, discussing the evolving challenge of shopper satisfaction in grocery. We welcomed speakers from a wide range of businesses, both new entrants and veterans, and launched new and exclusive original IGD research. Read our summary of the day here.

  • Food-to-go: global lessons from North America

    20 October 2016

    Ahead of our first ever Food-to-Go Conference on November 22, we've been visiting food-to-go specialists, convenience stores and supermarkets across various North American locations to explore what we can take from the latest regional food-to-go best practice.

  • How well do you know the online and digital channel?

    27 September 2016

    Test your knowledge of how the world’s best online retailers are using technology to their advantage.

  • Management in the age of big data

    Managers have never known so much information. In theory at least, ignorance is obsolete for company leaders. Almost anything is potentially knowable, and decisions can be scientific and evidence-led. So how can grocery leaders achieve the critical balance our industry needs?

  • Infographic: food-to-go shoppers

    Take a look and discover some of the major points from 5 key food-to-go missions.

  • Crystal clear? The future of food and drink communication

    15 September 2016

    IGD monthly shopper tracking data for July 2016 shows that 59% of shoppers say food companies in Britain can be trusted to offer products for a healthy, balanced diet. 58% say they can be trusted to provide complete and clear information. This suggests there is an opportunity to be still more transparent...

  • Partnership grocery: doing business in a collaborative economy

    07 September 2016

    In some ways, it’s never been easier for each of us to go it alone. Platforms such as airbnb, ebay and Uber are responsible for a new wave of ad hoc earnings, while small businesses can now contact potential customers more cheaply and easily than ever. But partnerships aren’t for everyone and the reality...

  • How food-to-go is hotting up in London

    01 September 2016

    Following our recently published market report on UK food-to-go, IGD Senior Retail Insight Manager Gavin Rothwell explores some of 2016’s key London openings in the food-to-go arena.

  • Our favourite stores of 2016

    19 August 2016

    Our globe-trotting analysts showcase some of the most inspirational stores they’ve seen around the world this year.

  • Our guide to Rio de Janeiro

    18 August 2016

    With the worlds sporting eyes on Brazil this summer, what is the retail landscape of one of Latin America’s three megacities, and how do differentiated and contrasting propositions ensure success for its biggest local retailers? Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Manager Jon Wright investigate in...

  • Big data and personalisation for grocery brands

    08 August 2016

    In the first of two articles on big data and creativity, we consider the potential role of big data in the personalisation of grocery brands

  • Shaking up UK high streets: Lidl the multichannel retailer?

    03 August 2016

    In this brand new article, IGD Head of Discount and Central and Eastern Europe Miloš Ryba, tells us how he thinks Lidl’s focus on becoming a multichannel retailer could shake up UK high streets forever.

  • Central and Eastern Europe: key Q2 retail developments

    26 July 2016

    In this update, Senior Retail Analyst Harriet Cohen takes a look at the latest market entries, investment plans and new concepts from retailers across Central and Eastern Europe.

  • Making the most of the growth of online grocery

    26 July 2016

    Our recent How FMCG Brands Can Compete and Win in Online Grocery webinar with Profitero looked at the latest UK online grocery trends and forecasts, and how FMCG brands can optimise their performance in the e-commerce channel. In this article, IGD Senior Retail Analyst Multichannel Toby Pickard summarises...

  • The crisis of choice

    IGD research shows that 73% of shoppers say they are they are ultimately responsible for their own diet. This is encouraging, and perhaps surprising, news for food and grocery businesses who may feel under pressure to do more in this field. However, the industry isn’t completely off the hook. Overall,...

  • The shopper and commoditisation

    With food and grocery price competition hotter than ever, we explore both sides of the commoditisation debate.

  • Asia 2020: channels in focus

    22 June 2016

    As grocery markets in Asia grow rapidly, IGD’s Head of Asia-Pacific Nick Miles looks at how some of the channels across the region will evolve as we move towards 2020.

  • Five year forecast: the grocery market by 2021

    16 June 2016

    The UK food and grocery market is forecast to grow by 10% between now and 2021, giving it a value of £197bn, according to the latest forecasts from IGD. As we launch our new UK grocery channels five year forecast, IGD Senior Retail Analyst Nick Gladding outlines the thinking behind the new numbers...

  • AmazonFresh and the UK market

    02 September 2015

    As Amazon launches AmazonFresh grocery deliveries to 69 central and east London postcodes today, IGD Senior Retail Analyst – Multichannel Toby Pickard takes a closer look.

  • Five opportunities for grocery retailing in South Africa

    18 May 2016

    South Africa is facing a confluence of issues locally and globally, and while the short term appears clouded by a variety of concerns, retailers and suppliers are more upbeat about their longer term prospects in the country. Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Manager Jon Wright talks us through the...

  • Seven of the best convenience retailers in Europe

    10 May 2016

    In many European countries convenience is one of the fastest growing channels, driven by growing affluence, rapid urbanisation, smaller households and more. Here are our pick of the retailers new to Europe, or expanding their operations across the continent.

  • What's next for the convenience channel?

    05 May 2016

    How will convenience evolve to stay ahead of the chasing pack? IGD’s Tim Billson and Sarah Coleman discuss behaviour around top up shopping, opportunities for retailers and how the channel could develop.

  • How discounters are doing food-to-go around the world

    20 April 2016

    Both supermarket and convenience retailers in the UK have significantly developed their food-to-go offer over recent years; however, the offer remains limited and there is an opportunity for discounters to evolve into supplying food-to-go shopper missions. Here are some strong examples of food-to-go...

  • How is Walmart reinventing its food offer?

    06 April 2016

    IGD Program Director Stewart Samuel visited one of Walmart’s latest remodels – in Rogers, Arkansas - to review how it’s rethinking its Supercenter offer. Find out what the retailer is changing and how it’s working to drive store footfall.

  • The best April Fools from across the food and grocery industry

    31 March 2016

    We pick out some of the best false releases from retailers and food brands aiming to generate their own April Fools' Day buzz.

  • What can we learn from premium retailers in Asia?

    21 March 2016

    According to the OECD two-thirds of the world’s middle class are predicted to be living in Asia by 2030, and with Asian consumers eager to try products from all over the world the region has become a hotbed for innovation and testing. In this article IGD’s Senior Retail Analyst – Asia Jenny Li looks...

  • What's next for Tesco in 2016?

    21 March 2016

    Ahead of the IGD Tesco Business Update event in May here’s our run down of what’s been priority for one of the UK’s largest retailers over the last year.

  • 2016's hot global trends

    22 February 2016

    IGD Chief Economist James Walton set the UK scene in his ‘What will be hot in UK food and grocery retail in 2016’ article in January, but what will the hot trends across the globe be for 2016? IGD Senior Retail Analyst - Multichannel Toby Pickard takes a look.

  • The top three insights that will help you trade with Asda in 2016

    18 February 2016

    IGD Senior Retail Analyst - UK Chris Kirland looks at the shopper insights that we think can help build your trading relationship with Asda over the coming year.

  • Poundland: four strategic priorities

    20 January 2016

    Ahead of The IGD Poundland Trade Briefing in February we look at growth strategies for the discounter, both in the UK and internationally.

  • The power of in-store events

    03 December 2015

    For retailers and manufacturers, cutting through the noise of communication and engaging with shoppers is increasingly difficult. However, events in their many and varied forms, events are providing new growth opportunities for both parties. IGD Business Analyst Catherine Ellwood looks at how well-run...

  • Christmas 2015: online and discount to fuel sales

    01 December 2015

    At the end of a turbulent year in UK retailing, what can the sector expect this Christmas? In this article, Senior Retail Analyst Nick Gladding looks at the festive season.

  • Shaking up food discounters: Aldi online and Lidl store of the future

    23 November 2015

    IGD Retail Analyst Priya Chandarana looks at the ways in which food discounters Aldi and Lidl are branching in to different channels to expand their appeal and market share.

  • Three trends emerging from the world's megacities

    10 November 2015

    Gavin Rothwell, IGD’s Retail Insight Manager, explores why there is such a growing focus on megacities around the world and examines some of the key FMCG retail trends emerging from these hubs.

  • Global grocery trends 2015 revisited: what’s happening now?

    14 October 2015

    At the beginning of the year we made a number of predictions about the major grocery trends that we will see in 2015. Throughout this year we’ve been keeping a close eye on how these trends have evolved and materialised within the industry. Let’s see how we did…

  • Four top tips for getting ahead in the convenience channel

    07 October 2015

    The UK convenience channel is set to continue as one of the ‘hot channels’, with IGD research forecasting it to be worth £44bn by 2020 as more and more shoppers switch into the ‘little and often’ mission. Are you and your business set up to take full advantage of this opportunity? Do you know your ‘top...

  • Five online grocery trends to watch

    29 September 2015

    The online grocery market is set to double in size between now and 2020, in the UK and across the world’s top 10 online grocery markets. Here we examine five of the latest developments to watch.

  • Evolution of the large store format

    07 September 2015

    As hypermarkets and large supermarkets continue to face challenges, we look at five ways retailers across France, Spain and the UK are updating their large store offer.

  • Five killer questions to ask when moving online

    04 September 2015

    The UK online grocery market is set to be worth £17.2bn by 2020, driven by shopper demand and retailer innovation. Here, senior retail analyst Lisa Byfield-Green presents five key questions that you should ask if you are new to the online channel.

  • How to make the most of global grocery growth opportunities

    17 September 2015

    IGD's Gavin Rothwell writes for Retail Week: The top 15 global grocery markets are set to grow by 34% and be worth $8 trillion by 2020, according to the latest forecasts by food and grocery researchers IGD. Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America will account for more than 70% of the world’s...

  • Global grocery markets: our forecasts to 2020

    17 August 2015

    Since 2010, grocery markets in low income countries have grown notably faster than those of high income economies. This reflects broader macro-economic trends, with GDP increasing by over 80% in low income countries compared to 14% in their high income counterparts over the same period.

  • Video: top news and developments in global grocery retail

    11 August 2015

    What are the latest key developments and innovations in food and consumer goods retailing that businesses need to know about? IGD's Jon Wright reports on results from Carrefour and Amazon, looks at innovations from Asda, Molson Coors and Systeme U, and highlights top stores to visit around the world....

  • Russia: expect a slower recovery

    06 August 2015

    IGD senior retail analyst Miloš Ryba looks at the three key factors that are developing the Russian grocery market in 2015; a drop in purchasing power, increased regulation in the retail market and ongoing investment by foreign grocers.

  • Five trends for pan-Asian retailers in Vietnam

    21 July 2015

    According to IGD research, the Vietnamese retail market is one of the fastest-growing markets in south-east Asia. Against a backdrop of increased disposable income, rapid urbanisation and an appetite for change among younger shoppers, we take a look at five trends defining the marketplace for pan-Asian...

  • Around the world with IGD: our favourite stores of 2015 so far

    14 July 2015

    Our team of analysts travel around the world, seeking out the latest in FMCG retail innovation. We have selected some of the best stores from our visits across the year so far.

  • China dominates global online grocery markets

    01 July 2015

    The Chinese online grocery market is set to be worth almost $180bn by 2020 – nearly five times its current value of $40bn, according to IGD’s Top 10 Online Grocery Markets report. In other leading markets, online growth is expected to continue at double-digit rates. This makes investment in the channel...

  • Dave Lewis confirmed as a keynote speaker for the Big Debate 2015

    24 June 2015

    We’re delighted to announce that the Group CEO of Tesco has joined the list of speakers for the Big Debate on October 6th, the UK's best and most influential food and grocery event. An engaging and charismatic speaker, Dave Lewis is a pivotal figure in the industry. He will have a fascinating story to...

  • Five ways to shift from price to value

    19 June 2015

    While many retailers and manufacturers continue to compete on price, some are choosing to encourage loyalty and spend by delivering added value for shoppers. Here, IGD Senior Retail Analyst Harriet Cohen considers five of the levers being used to give shoppers that little something extra.

  • Lidl: five strategic priorities

    10 June 2015

    As Lidl sets out plans to operate in 29 countries across the world in 2018, we take a look at which areas they might focus on to make that growth plan a success.

  • Scandinavia: four trends shaping grocery retail

    09 June 2015

    Following recent visits to key markets in northern Europe, senior retail analyst Harriet Cohen considers four trends shaping grocery retail across the region – discount, online, health and organic and price.

  • Multichannel retailing: an opportunity or challenge too great?

    18 May 2015

    As loyalty and spend grow, what are the opportunities for retailers and how can they release the value of multichannel. IGD senior retail analyst Toby Pickard looks at how changing shopper habits and evolving demands is forcing retailers to rethink their multichannel strategies.

  • Video: top news in global grocery retail

    11 May 2015

    What are the latest key developments and innovations in food and consumer goods retailing that businesses need to know about? IGD's Gavin Rothwell explores the highlights that should be on your radar during May and beyond.

  • Food-to-go across the world

    07 May 2015

    The food-to-go channel has evolved rapidly and businesses are innovating in an effort to cater for the increased consumer demand. With new specialists are bringing improved quality, sophistication and service to the channel, here are some of our favourite examples of food-to-go concepts from across the...

  • The personalisation of online retail

    22 April 2015

    Lisa Byfield-Green looks at how mobile technology has changed the way we live our lives, communicate, research and shop.

  • Video: top developments in UK grocery

    15 April 2015

    What are the key developments in UK food and grocery retailing that businesses need to know about? Steve Jones, head of retail insight at IGD, explores four highlights that should be on your radar during April and beyond.

  • A new era of older shoppers: inspiration from Japan

    15 April 2015

    Following a recent visit to Tokyo our senior retail analyst for Asia at IGD examines how retailers and suppliers are tailoring their offers to meet the needs of market’s hyper-ageing population.

  • Four grocery retail lessons from Greece

    07 April 2015

    Greece’s businesses and population are trying to find their way through anxious times while the country’s government continues to wrangle with the world’s political and financial institutions. Following a recent visit, IGD Research Manager John Wright shares four key developments that have shaped Greece’s...

  • The seven coolest innovations from The Retail Business Technology Expo

    07 April 2015

    The Retail Business Technology Expo was held at Olympia in London in March 2015. IGD visited the show to see the latest ideas for enhancing shopper experiences and improving business operations.

  • The impact of technology on retailing

    12 March 2015

    James Walton was interviewed by BBC Breakfast about the impact of technology on retailing and the shopper experience. You can watch the video here.

  • Five promotions to learn from in 2015

    10 March 2015

    IGD Senior Retail Analyst Harriet Cohen takes you through five promotions to inspire you – whether you want shoppers to spread the word about a milestone for your brand, flock to a new store opening or understand more about your core values.

  • Gunning for growth in convenience

    10 March 2015

    In 2014, sales through the UK convenience channel reached £37bn and at IGD we are forecasting ongoing growth for the sector as shoppers continue to shop ‘little and often’. So what do we expect to be the key drivers of this growth? IGD’s senior retail analyst Sarah Coleman looks at five ways the channel...

  • Tesco: new strategy shows signs of progress

    09 March 2015

    Following the close of Tesco's financial year senior retail analyst Nick Gladding looks at how Chief Executive Officer Dave Lewis is reshaping the group to prosper in a changed market place.

  • Phoenix: one great city, three great stores

    06 March 2015

    IGD Canada programme director Stewart Samuel recently spent a few days in Phoenix and surrounding cities in the south west US state of Arizona and he’s chosen three stores that should be on your must-see list (March 2015).

  • What new British executives can teach U.S. grocers

    10 February 2015

    After Bi-Lo and Target became the latest US retailers to recruit senior leaders who earned their stripes in the UK, Stewart Samuel considers why experience of the British grocery market is so valuable elsewhere.

  • CEE: understanding the contrasts in 2015

    06 February 2015

    2014 was a year of extremes in Central and Eastern Europe. IGD Senior Retail Analyst Miloš Ryba guides you through the complexity of the region’s grocery markets and brings you clarity on what to expect in 2015.

  • Five things we learnt this Christmas

    15 January 2015

    What can we learn from how the major food and grocery retailers performed this Christmas? Gavin Rothwell takes a look.

  • Plan your 2015 US grocery retail strategy

    12 January 2015

    Against the backdrop of a strengthening US economy, 2015 offers grocery retailers the prospect of stronger sales, thanks to lower oil prices, lower unemployment and increased consumer confidence. As we head into a new year, our North America-based analyst takes a look at some of the key themes and trends...

  • Future-shaping developments to watch for in 2015

    06 January 2015

    From drones to big data, start-ups to smart living, IGD predict the future-shaping developments to watch out for across the global food and grocery industry this year.

  • Food and drink Christmas spending forecasts 2014

    28 November 2014

    Spending on Christmas food and drink in the UK is set to be worth £20bn this year, which represents growth of 1.2% compared to last year when £19.7bn was spent.

  • Five retail innovations from Bangkok

    01 December 2014

    Here we highlight some of the most interesting and innovative concepts that stood out from our recent round of store visits in Thailand’s bustling capital city.

  • Why social media is key to your multichannel strategy

    13 November 2014

    The Twittersphere went in to overdrive when HRH Queen Elizabeth II sent her very first tweet in October 2014. Just a couple of weeks later, the John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Monty the Penguin went viral on social media channels before even hitting our TV screens, just as the previous advert had...

  • Colombia: Latin America’s next big thing?

    07 November 2014

    Boasting Latin America’s third biggest population and strong economic growth prospects, Colombia is emerging as a market of opportunity. Gavin Rothwell reports back from his trip to South America.

  • Inside Netto Leeds: how the discounter aims to win in the UK

    06 November 2014

    Fresh from her trip to visit Netto’s first UK store in Leeds, IGD Retail Analyst Priya Chandarana explores how the Danish giant is differentiating itself from other discounters. From merchandising principles to SKU count to private-label tiering, here’s everything you need to know about Netto’s arrival...

  • Multichannel retailing: smoothing out the points of friction

    21 October 2014

    Why is multichannel such a big deal? Everyone has a view on multichannel retailing. Some see it as a gradual evolution, others as a panacea for falling sales. At IGD we see something different. Download your free PDF and find out what we believe multichannel means.

  • Building capability in convenience

    13 October 2014

    Every year IGD conducts a detailed survey into the way trading relationships are evolving between retailers and suppliers. Results from this year’s survey highlighted three key areas of priority for trading relationships.

  • Five ways Netto can win in the UK discount channel

    As the UK welcomes Netto, we explore how the discounter is maximising its appeal through its promotions, ranging and communication strategy in its home market, Denmark. Here are five ways we think Netto can be a success.

  • Five trends affecting growth in Brazil

    02 October 2014

    IGD Business Analyst Catherine Ellwood shares five trends that stood out from her trip to investigate the latest FMCG developments in Brazil.

  • Indie innovators: shaking up convenience

    11 September 2014

    With the number of convience stores on the rise, we look at how some operators are making sure they stand out from the crowd by making the most of technology, offering complementary services and offering shoppers inspiration.

  • Building a killer online grocery strategy

    11 September 2014

    As a supplier, it can be difficult to know if your digital plans are going to put you ahead of your competitors or leave you trailing behind. The good news? The results of our third annual Online Capability Survey are in, revealing the shape of the online landscape for grocery suppliers. IGD Senior Online...

  • Three things building the future of wholesaling

    10 September 2014

    Patrick Mitchell-Fox, Senior Business Analyst here at IGD looks at what is driving the wholesaling sector in 2014.

  • The big blur: retailing in disruption

    09 September 2014

    What is the “big blur”? We look at how retail businesses have responded to adversity with a surge of investment and innovation. The resulting twin trends of multichannel and hybridisation have the potential to overturn our understanding of what grocery retail is.

  • Five things on the Tesco CEO's mind

    05 September 2014

    It will be a steep learning curve for Tesco's new CEO Dave Lewis as he switches from 27 years with Unilever to head up the world's third largest grocery retailer, but he will have to learn fast. In his first week in the job we assess five thoughts that are likely to already be front of mind...

  • Three of the best summer retail pop-ups

    03 September 2014

    Summer: the perfect time for pop-up retail – warmer weather breathes life into open-air locations, shoppers are in a relaxed holiday mood, and a wealth of events and festivals provide new talking points. IGD Senior Retail Analyst Laura May picks three examples of retailers achieving standout pop-up success.

  • What is disruptive innovation?

    02 September 2014

    Technology offers the capability to transform life for consumers, retailers and manufacturers. If we’re decisive enough and we think positively, they can be turned into drivers of growth ... creators of disruption ... the theme for this year’s Convention.

  • Leadership through disruption

    27 August 2014

    Every consumer goods company experiences disruption. Steering the business through volatile times is the lot of all Chief Executives today. This year’s IGD Convention features five business leaders with remarkable collective experience of both the highs and the lows.

  • Family, General or Tree: which US Dollar chain will prosper?

    22 August 2014

    Family Dollar’s announcement earlier this year that it was undertaking a strategic review of its operations, has led to two separate bids for the company. With its two largest competitors, Dollar General and Dollar Tree, having their sights firmly set on acquiring the retailer, we take a look at how...

  • EU sanctions on Russia and the impact on retail

    12 August 2014

    As a reaction to EU sanctions, the Russian government has banned the import of some products from the EU. IGD's CEE expert Miloš Ryba explains.

  • What will drive online grocery growth over the next five years?

    07 August 2014

    Online will be the fastest-growing channel over the next five years, according to IGD’s recently published annual UK grocery forecasts. By 2019, 8.3% of total grocery sales are expected to be online, compared to 4.4% currently*. But where is the growth coming from and how is it likely to evolve?

  • Eat 17 store visit: convenience store, burger bar, restaurant

    31 July 2014

    IGD's Senior Retail Analyst - Multichannel, Sarah Coleman recently visited a brand new store that combines a SPAR convenience store, a burger bar and a restaurant.

  • Around the world with IGD: our favourite stores of 2014

    07 July 2014

    Our team of analysts travel around the world, seeking out the latest in FMCG retail innovation. We have selected some of our favourites from the stores we visited in the first half of 2014.

  • How to win in India

    14 July 2014

    With India forecast to become the second largest grocery market by 2028, Nick Miles, head of Asia at IGD, examines some of the challenges that modern retailers face in this changing market and explains why the potential rewards are keeping retailers motivated.

  • UK food and grocery evolution 2014 - 2019

    30 June 2014

    The UK grocery market is changing fast. In this article Nick Gladding introduces IGD’s new five year forecasts and outlines how shifting shopper preferences are reshaping the food and grocery landscape.

  • Price vs promotions

    11 June 2014

    Price and promotional activity is becoming a key focus for retailers and manufacturers. Harriet Cohen explores how this has developed.

  • IGD at Walmart: picking up the pace of change

    11 June 2014

    IGD's Stewart Samuel attended the Walmart Shareholders' Week and heard their new President and CEO, Doug McMillon, set out his vision for the company's future.

  • Growing UK convenience market

    22 May 2014

    According to the latest IGD Retail Analysis forecasts, the UK convenience market is set to be worth £49bn by 2019.

  • Innovation station: the new shopping experiences

    14 May 2014

    Gone are the days when simply having a strategy for smaller supermarkets was enough to meet customer expectations of a convenient shopping experience. Here, we bring you three develpoments designed to make things easier for time-pressed shoppers.

  • South Africa: three trends affecting the retail market in 2014

    09 May 2014

    For food and grocery businesses, South Africa has long been seen as the major opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa. So Nigeria made waves in early 2014 by positioning itself as the largest economy in the region. With South Africa also facing into economic and social headwinds, Jon Wright visited this unique...

  • India’s evolving grocery market: unorganised vs. modern retail

    08 April 2014

    Following a recent trip to a land of ‘unorganised retail’, Laura May looks at how the Indian grocery landscape is evolving as international retail players enter the market.

  • The online and multichannel revolution

    06 March 2014

    With online grocery shopping growing rapidly and multichannel becoming more mainstream, Lisa Byfield-Green examines what is driving this phenomenal growth. As the online channel continues to evolve, retailers are recognising the need to move faster and innovate. Expect to see a step function change in...

  • Five stores for inspirational ideas

    06 March 2014

    For most retailers and manufacturers many new ideas come from walking grocery stores. As part of our study tour programme Stewart Samuel, Programme Director at IGD, has visited many stores in the USA and Canada. Here he takes a look at five that stood out recently.

  • Tesco: 'the new era of retailing'

    27 February 2014

    Ahead of IGD's Tesco Trade Briefing, we explore three key messages from Philip Clarke,Tesco Group CEO, and members of the Executive Committee on Tesco’s strategic priorities - investment in the UK business, establishing multichannel leadership and pursuing disciplined international growth.

  • Top trends driving growth in convenience

    12 November 2013

    As Sainsbury's announces that it will have more convenience stores than supermarkets next year, James Harries and Michael Freedman look at the major trends that are accelerating the growth in this expanding channel.

  • Online and private label: three trends to watch

    08 August 2012

    With a growing number of retailers adopting what is often referred to as a ‘Bricks and Clicks’ approach to retailing, we take a closer look at what all this means for the future of private label around the world.

  • Format wars: the retail battle for share of growth

    21 March 2011

    With low growth forecast for the foreseeable future, retailers will have to fight harder for market share. But which format will win and where have the lines of battle been drawn?

  • European shoppers and new products

    05 August 2010

    Senior Consumer Analyst Tim Maton highlights some of the key differences in the ways that shoppers from different western European markets - France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain - engage with new food and grocery products.

Factsheets and case studies

  • Grocery buying groups

    04 February 2016

    What is a buying group? This factsheet lists the main grocery buying groups, their members, countries of operation and grocery turnover.

  • Key industry facts

    16 November 2015

    Here you will find key facts on the food and grocery industry.

  • UK grocery retailing

    16 June 2016

    Information and statistics on UK grocery retailing, including the UK grocery market size and value, store numbers and future sector prospects.

  • Convenience retailing factsheet

    04 June 2015

    Convenience retailing facts & information, including the definition of a convenience store, UK convenience market size and performance, store numbers, key operators and future predictions.

  • The connected shopper

    05 December 2013

    This factsheet includes information on how shoppers are connected, the pre-purchase phase, using technology in-store and the future.

  • Category management glossary

    04 December 2013

    Understand category management jargon with this comprehensive list of definitions for key category management words, terms & phrases.

  • Online grocery shoppers

    20 March 2013

    Almost every household is able to buy their groceries online from the comfort of their own home. This factsheet includes information on how, why and who shops for groceries online.

  • Retailer own brands

    08 August 2012

    Why do shoppers purchase own brands? This factsheet contains information and statistics on supermarket's own-label products and the own-brand buying habits of customers.

  • In-store promotions

    30 November 2012

    In-store promotions factsheet, covering how promotions are changing shopper behaviour, and what shoppers dislike about in-store promotions.

  • Global retailing

    08 August 2012

    Includes the turnover of the five leading international retailers, key markets for investments such as China, India & Russia, and global retail trends.

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