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07 December 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continue to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package ...
23 November 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continues to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package...
09 November 2021
Labour shortages impacting availability – shopper research 05-07 November 2021 Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages has become severe enough to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an im...
25 October 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages has become severe enough to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committe...
19 October 2021
COVID-19 has led to significant changes in shopping behaviour. Some of these are short-term and some long-term. The national lockdowns and restrictions led to some of the biggest shifts in channel choices in years. COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of the online channel. In our household, we quickly shifted more of our spend online. While we have gone back to shopping more in-store, we are b...
12 October 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. Shortage of HGV drivers has ...
05 October 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. Shortage of HGV drivers has ...
13 September 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 10-12 Septe...
06 September 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 03-05 Septe...
31 August 2021
Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 27-29 Augus...
23 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate. Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is some impact on availability ...
17 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate. However, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 13-15 August 2021. A similar number of adults interviewed over the weekend (54%) experienced sho...
09 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to increased number of employees being advised to self-isolate. However, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 06-08 August 2021. More adults (56% vs 48% last weekend) claim to have experien...
02 August 2021
In recent weeks there have been operational challenges due to increased number of employees being advised to self-isolate. However, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 30 July-01 August 2021 Half (48%) of adults claim to have experienced shortages...
27 July 2021
In the second issue of its quarterly ‘Viewpoint’ report , the economics team at IGD focus on the challenges emerging for the food and consumer goods industry as the economy continues to recover. The latest research has highlighted three key themes: 1. Significant risks to the recovery remain Businesses need to remain alert and agile as a number of factors could mean bumps in the road ...
27 July 2021
Rising COVID-19 cases and self-isolation The Delta variant of COVID-19 has spread rapidly in recent weeks. Businesses have been raising concerns about the increased number of employees being advised to self-isolate for up to 10 days, following notification from the Test and Trace App that they had been in close contact with someone reporting a positive COVID-19 test result. This has created...
07 July 2021
As the vaccine rollout continues and talk turns to lifting of all restrictions in England, our latest monthly ShopperVista update revealed an increase in shopping around at the same time as rising inflation concerns. Here is our summary of what you need to know about British shoppers: Shopper confidence relatively high Shopper confidence still remains relatively high, despite de...
12 May 2021
Webinar recap Last week Michael and Dan shared some of our latest research looking at life after lockdown and what this will mean for British shoppers as they adjust to having more freedoms and being able to socialise once again. Over the last 14 months or so all of us in the shopper team have been keeping a close eye on shopper behaviour, monitoring the shifts and predicting which of t...
15 April 2021
In our upcoming ShopperVista webinar on 6 May we will delve into what will be next for shoppers. As restrictions begin to ease around the country and we can start socialising once again what will that mean for shopping habits? What are the trends to watch? At the start of 2021, we set out five shopper trends to watch: Savvy shopping norm Multiple meal solutions Demanding...
18 January 2021
The outbreak of COVID-19 has been one of the biggest public health challenges ever faced. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, big changes in shopper behaviour and range consolidation meant the retail food and drink market actually grew in 2020 while foodservice sales declined. How could this impact front of pack (FOP) nutrition labels? 1. FOP Nutrition labelling is under review Front of p...