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We highlight the five trends set to shape the North American food retail market in 2021.

Based on the latest trading updates, we look at what the changing priorities for suppliers and where the focus is shifting to as they plan to trade the second half of the year.

We look at Walmart's strategic priorities as it aims to become the world's leading omnichannel retailer and build out an ecosystem that is broader than its physical and digital stores.

This guide to USA explores the key trends in grocery retail, the outlook for the country’s differing channels over the five year forecast period and the growth strategies of its leading retailers.

Amazon has recently launched an innovative physical food retail concept. We look at some of the unique elements of this format including the Amazon Dash Cart and the integration of Alexa, its voice-based assistant.

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P&G reported a strong second quarter, reflecting pandemic-driven demand for its brands. Although there is a degree of uncertainty and volatility associated with its expectations for the second half, the business is confident that it will benefit from shifts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
Following a relative reluctance to develop its ecommerce business to include a store pickup service, Costco is testing a curbside model at stores in New Mexico, USA. Optimising its partnership with Instacart Although Costco has operated an online non-food business for several years, it wasn’t until 2017 that it started to offer a grocery-focused service. Launching three and a half years ago...
Autonomous, or checkout free, store concepts have been gaining ground over the last few years, with companies piloting different models. This has accelerated since the start of the pandemic as retailers look to develop contactless and frictionless solutions. We highlight four which have recently launched, or are set to make their debut, in North America. 1. CIBO Express, Newark Airport, New Yo...

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Presentations

25/01/2021
We summarise five trends that will shape the discount channel globally in 2021 and beyond. These trends, including championning value and the focus on the physical store apply to both food discounters and variety discounters.
21/01/2021
Five global trends that will shape convenience retailing in 2021 and beyond, with examples from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America.
15/01/2021
Save-On-Foods' latest store development showcases its strengths in prepared foods, local sourcing and health and wellness, aiming to meet multiple shopper missions through its core supermarket format.
11/01/2021
Key influences shaping the direction of the food-to-go market around the world, this year and beyond. Illustrated with examples of retailers and operators already leading the way in adapting to changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
07/01/2021
This report covers the latest developments in food-to-go in large stores around the world, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 on innovation. It includes examples from retailers such as Kroger, Prisma, Asda, ICA, Walmart, Heinen, Ahold Delhaize, Grupo Éxito Wow, Coop Sverige, Central Food Hall, Colruyt and Mercadona.
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We review the impact of COVID-19 on the five key trends which were set to shape the North American food retail market in 2020 and beyond.

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