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The fallout from COVID-19: what has shifted in global retail and what will be the pandemic’s legacies?

Over a year since most of the world started to experience the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a clearer picture has emerged of how global retail will be changed over the medium term. In this report we outline how the retail industry will continue to adapt in 2021 and 2022 and place some markers in the ground on COVID-19’s retail legacies.

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.

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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Following a strong second quarter, PepsiCo has increased its guidance for full year sales growth. We look at how the recovery is shaping up globally and how it expects consumer behaviour to evolve post-pandemic.

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Our industry has seen many significant changes as it has experienced the different phases of the pandemic over the last 18 months. While the crisis continues to be active in many regions, and the risk of variants remains high, many countries are moving into the restart and recovery phase. Against this backdrop, we lay some markers in the sand about what will be the pandemic’s legacies. Asynchr...
North America’s grocery retailers* added over $100bn in sales last year as the pandemic caused a surge in demand and a shift from out-of-home to at-home dining. We compare this to previous years and identify some of the key winners in 2020. More growth than the previous three years combined Combined sales of over 40 of the region’s largest retailers increased by $103.6bn last year. This i...
With sales increasing 11% in the second quarter as the company benefitted from a sustained shift to at-home consumption and the recovery of demand from away-from-home customers, McCormick has increased its outlook for the full year. We look at how it plans to capitalise on some of the sector’s key trends to drive growth. Four key trends A decline in consumer segment sales of 2% was a strong...

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