Four months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, the world is slowly reopening after an unprecedented lockdown.
The consumer market is changing, with declines in some traditionally strong markets and drastic increases in others. A survey run by Statista highlights that 43% of people are likely to spend more than before on health and hygiene, followed by 40% in household cleaning products and 31% in online shopping for food and drinks. These changes extend into industries including travel, healthcare, fashion, and retail among others.
Over 40% of digital grocery shoppers during the lockdown were new to online grocery shopping prior to the pandemic, according to a Business Insider report. According to emarketer.com, both “food and beverage” and “health, personal care and beauty” were the fastest-growing eCommerce categories prior to the pandemic. Forecast for food and beverage sales were raised from 23.4% to 58.5% and health, personal care and beauty sales from 16.6% to 32.4%. Of new grocery online-shoppers, 68% would continue to shop online in the future, according to another study run by Aki Technologies and TapResearch.
Strong consumer brands (like Nike), that stayed emotionally connected with their fan-base during the pandemic, have witnessed a lift in online sales. That trend isn’t expected to fade away.