While most of society seems to be moving quickly toward online shopping, grocery shoppers remain laggards. That is the finding of a new report from Walker Sands on current retail trends.
The firm finds that only 11 percent of those surveyed have ordered a food item from Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), while 82 percent report making a purchase in a physical grocery store in the past year. Just 9 percent ordered online and picked up in store, a category that was expected to grow after Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017.
An additional 55 percent have made food purchases from a big box retailer such as Target (NYSE: TGT) or Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and 42 percent have bought an item at a wholesale grocery store. “Mom-and-pops” and farmers’ markets remain significant components of the nation’s food supply chain, with 25 percent of people buying at a mom-and-pop grocery store and 23 percent shopping at local farmers’ markets.
Meal delivery services remain a small portion of the market, with 4 percent each subscribing to a grocery service and meal delivery company. Third-party deliver services have been used by 5 percent of those surveyed by Walker Sands.
The reasons for these trends are quite obvious, based on the survey results. Unlike those who shop for hard goods online, 64 percent of consumers prefer to see and feel their produce before buying. Fifty percent cited the ritual and routine of grocery shopping as a factor and 20 percent said the prices are better in store than online.
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According to research firm Walker Sands, 61 percent of consumers have made an online purchase in the past year with regular shipping; 42 percent have made an online purchase with two-day shipping; and 38 percent say they have ordered online and picked up in store.
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