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· U.S. grocery shoppers head back to stores as COVID-19 vaccinations rise
· US grocery outlook bright, with Amazon set to overtake Walmart as largest retailer
U.S. grocery shoppers head back to stores as COVID-19 vaccinations rise
Over a third plan to buy food both in-store and online, Inmar survey reveals
Russell Redman, Supermarket News
Apr 27, 2021
U.S. grocery shoppers are gradually returning to in-store purchases as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey from Inmar Intelligence finds.
Once fully vaccinated, 27% of consumers said they plan to do most of their grocery shopping at stores, while 38% will do so both in-store and online, Inmar said Tuesday.
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Inmar noted that food shoppers already have been coming back to physical stores. The survey revealed that 33% of U.S. consumers are now buying their groceries in stores, with 48% of respondents remaining as hybrid shoppers making brick-and-mortar and online purchases, indicating a “steady return to normalcy” and a higher level of comfort with in-store shopping, according to Inmar.
“As vaccines become more widely available, it is natural that today’s shoppers choose to head back into the store as a part of their grocery shopping routine,” Spencer Baird, executive vice president at Inmar and president of its MarTech division, said in a statement...
US grocery outlook bright, with Amazon set to overtake Walmart as largest retailer
By Christine Blank, SeafoodSource
May 3, 2021
The outlook for United States retailers and grocers is strong, according to National Retail Federation (NRF) Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz.
As Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, they are developing a more positive economic outlook, and they’re visits into physical stores are rising, according to Kleinhenz. As a result, the U.S. economy is on firm footing and could see its fastest growth in more than three decades.
“While there is a great deal of uncertainty about how fast and far this economy will grow in 2021, surveys show an increase in individuals being vaccinated, more willingness to receive a vaccination, increased spending intentions and comfort with resuming pre-pandemic behaviors like shopping, travel, and family gatherings,” Kleinhenz said in the May issue of NRF’s Monthly Economic Review. “The consumer is nearly always the key driver in the economy, and with the consumer in good financial health, a sharp demand is expected to unfold over the coming months.”
NRF expects the U.S. economy to grow 6.6 percent this year, the highest level since 7.2 percent in 1984. Consumers’ “feel-better situation” will likely translate into higher levels of household spending, especially around upcoming holidays like the Fourth of July and spending associated with Americans going back into the office and school, Kleinhenz said.
More than a quarter of consumers plan to do their grocery shopping in-store once they are fully vaccinated and 38 percent said they will do a combination of online and in-store shopping, according to a new survey from data and technology firm Inmar Intelligence...