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Post-COVID-19: where next for urban and suburban retail?

In this report we present three scenarios for the future of urban retail. We consider what each could mean for operators and what retail could look like in both urban and suburban areas. 

How consumer packaged goods companies will win in 2021 part one

Following a year of unprecedented change in the operating environment, this two-part report looks at the priorities of global consumer packaged companies and the capabilities they are developing as they focus on driving top line growth, operating more efficiently and reinvesting in their businesses.

COVID-19: second wave = second thoughts?

Six months ago we shared a series of hypotheses focused around how retail, society and shoppers could be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many countries continuing to feel its impacts, we have revisited our expectations and outlook for the next six months.

How COVID-19 changed global food retail markets

Most global food retail markets experienced accelerated growth during 2020 as consumer spending on food shifted from out-of-home to at-home. In this report we look at the impact on growth across major markets in 2020 and the prospects through to 2022.

The food-to-go store of the future (updated)

Major foodservice operators are starting to roll-out new store concepts, developed for the post-pandemic era. We look at 10 formats and the key themes linking them together.

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India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections continue to worsen, with no signs of slowing down.  The country’s overwhelmed healthcare system faces a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccines.  This has prompted another round of movement restrictions, with shorter operating hours even for grocery operators and other essential services.  And as more frontline workers report unwell, retailers are also ramping up hiring of more staff and sponsor vaccination programmes.

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Following a strong first quarter, with consolidated net sales up 12.7%, Hershey has raised its outlook for the full financial year. Having initially forecast sales growth of 2-4%, it now expects growth of 4-6%. Source: IGD Research 1. New at-home behaviours are forming new traditions Families continue to embrace the at-home lifestyle, with its brands central to game and movie nights...
Shopping malls will reduce operating hours in 18 high-risk provinces. The context After a year of relatively minor outbreaks, Thailand is recording its biggest and fastest spread of COVID-19. The number of cases has increased to 61,699, doubling the number since the start of April. There are 178 fatalities. The Thai government has yet to start mass vaccinations. New hours will take effec...
Woolworths has released Q3 results with sales up 0.4% to AU$16,566m. However, the data shows two distinct trading periods during the quarter with sales heavily impacted in the last six weeks as the retailer starts to cycle COVID-19 trading from 2020. So what have we learnt? Growth ahead of Coles, but not on a two-year basis Although food and liquor sales declined sharply in the final six we...

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