Grocery Survey Results

With online advancements increasing day-by-day and year-by-year, online grocery shopping is bound to be the next big thing, according to Deborah Weinswig, a Citigroup analyst, with an expected annual growth rate of 9.5% to 9.4 billion dollars by 2017.

However, our recent survey [N=307 nationally] finds an overwhelming majority (89%) prefer brick-and-mortar in-store shopping (89%) compared to only 1% who prefer purchasing groceries online. Eleven percent (11%) of shoppers report using both methods.

Even among the buy-everything-online Millennials, they feel groceries are a high-touch category and in-store seems to satisfy their immediate gratification desires. According to our survey which is representative across generations, in-store trumps online because: provides immediate access to the groceries (70%), offers the ability to choose the quality of each food product especially produce and meat products (59%), as well as the ability to modify grocery lists throughout shopping trip (57%). Conversely, perceived advantages to online grocery shopping are the ability to shop from the comfort of one’s home (75%), the ability to shop 24/7 (68%), and the time saved from commuting to the nearest or preferred grocery store (53%).

According to those polled, 54% have considered online grocery shopping but have never actually done it. What is the hesitation? The three biggest hang-ups for those who have considered online grocery shopping is the shipping/delivery cost (42%), quality of the produce (41%), and the food quality in general (39%).
By offering greater incentives, online grocers such as PeaPod, Safeway, and Amazon Fresh, may see an increase in online grocery sales. Some incentives suggested by shoppers include:

Free delivery for the first few orders
Same and/or next day shipping
Guarantees for the best quality
Coupons offering better discounts/accept paper coupons
Greater delivery options including evenings and weekends
Expanded access/availability
Perhaps with the start football season, busier fall schedules, and the holidays around the corner, shoppers will try online grocery shopping to avoid the long lines and fan-filled crowds gearing up for their game day tailgates.

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