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Global Consumer Insights Survey 2021 - pulse 1

This is PwC’s twelfth annual Global Consumer Insights Survey. With the current pandemic-induced uncertainty, we are adopting a pulse approach in order to be more agile and connected to the behaviour of the global consumer. In this first pulse we present the highlights of our findings – based on the answers given by more than 8,700 consumers in 22 territories. We focus on results for the Netherlands with some comparisons to the global average. We will publish the next pulse early this summer. This will allow us to continue to make comparisons in changing consumer confidence as the world gradually recovers from the Corona health crisis.

33%

shop at local businesses to support them.

24%

are willing to pay a premium for more ethically and sustainable produced grocery products.

8%

visit physical stores on a daily basis.

42%

indicate that they do not shop online for groceries.

Wallet versus heart

During the pandemic, Dutch consumers showed solidarity with local independent businesses: 33 percent of respondents indicated that they have increased shopping at these businesses to support them. Yet, we are still guided more by our wallet than by what our heart tells us, especially compared to the global average of 45 percent. Nevertheless, the hearts of Dutch millennials appear somewhat greater than that of non-millennials: 41 percent indicate increased shopping at local independent businesses versus 30 percent for the rest of the Dutch respondents. We should note that the Dutch retail market is characterised by a relatively high level of consolidation, especially in groceries. This may have impacted the ability of the Dutch to shop at local independent businesses.

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Wallet versus ESG

A health agenda (both the health of consumers and our planet) and diversity have taken centre stage in the boardrooms of most large consumer companies. However, consumers in the Netherlands may not be fully warmed up around the topic yet with only 24 percent of the Dutch consumers willing to pay a premium for more ethically and sustainably produced grocery products, compared to 34 percent of consumers globally. It is not surprising that young people (and the not-so-young-anymore) are more engaged with the subject: about 40 percent of the age group up to 44 years old.

What’s more, when making buying decisions only 35 percent of the Dutch consumers indicate they consider things like environmentally friendly packaging, plant-based food and a company’s attitude towards sustainability an important factor. The global average is about 55 percent.

Daily shopping in the Netherlands - Online overtakes in-store

It appears Dutch consumers turn more often to their PC or smartphones than to a physical store for their daily shopping: 9 percent shop on these devices daily, while 8 percent visit physical stores on a daily basis. No doubt COVID-19 is an important factor here. Globally, in-store daily shopping still beats online shopping through these most popular devices (11 percent versus 10 percent).

However, brick-and-mortar is not dead: 28 percent of our Dutch respondents indicate they still visit a store at least once a week. 40 percent of consumers who reported no reduction in in-store shopping over the last six months, indicate the convenience of in-store shopping over other channels as the primary reason for staying loyal to their local store. Respondents particularly like that you can walk past a wide range of products when shopping in a physical store and see and touch the items.

Fashion and consumer electronics continue to be the most popular product groups most often bought online. When it comes to online grocery shopping, the Dutch are trailing behind their global peers: 42 percent of the Dutch indicate that they do not shop online for groceries at all, while this percentage is only 32 percent globally.

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Respondents with health and safety concerns as their main reason for shopping online
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Safety first?

25 percent of Dutch respondents indicate that health and safety concerns drive their preference for online shopping; this rises to 31 percent when it comes to grocery shopping. Other factors driving consumers to online channels include more favourable pricing and convenience. However, when shopping in-store, less than 10 percent mention health and safety measures to be the most important criteria when deciding which shop to visit. At a global level, increased health and safety standards are, by contrast, one of the most important reasons for consumers to avoid physical stores.

Think twice when spending your online ads budget

There is a clear top three when it comes to digital platforms that are popular among Dutch consumers: YouTube, Facebook, and Google, with Instagram being in relatively distant fourth place. Despite the big budgets for online advertising, ads on these platforms only seem to work for about 25 percent of Dutch people. Forty percent of the respondents in the Netherlands say they don’t click on ads at all. Globally, that percentage is approximately 25 percent.

Back to normal...

Consumers have the following expectations about the return to ‘normal life’ in the Netherlands in the next six months: they see themselves going back to the office or strolling around in shopping malls (about sixty percent of the respondents), but do not expect to attend major sports matches or entertainment events, go on international trips or stay at a hotel.

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Channel choice In the last 12 months, how often have you bought products (e.g. clothes, books, electronics) using the following shopping channels?

Data shown:

  • Respondents answering 'weekly' or 'daily'

In physical stores 46% 51% 26% 48% 54% 58% 49% 45% 51% 46% 45% 37% 51% 40% 37% 41% 44% 60% 55% 38% 51% 50% 51% 58% 68%
Online via PC 34% 34% 30% 27% 39% 38% 38% 32% 22% 49% 23% 46% 36% 33% 37% 34% 19% 34% 46% 25% 31% 44% 44% 44% 49%
Online via tablet 38% 38% 31% 29% 48% 40% 37% 35% 32% 53% 31% 44% 43% 35% 40% 33% 27% 35% 51% 30% 30% 41% 42% 50% 48%
Online via mobile phone or smartphone 44% 47% 33% 41% 62% 49% 44% 40% 32% 55% 27% 58% 44% 38% 45% 42% 24% 46% 57% 36% 40% 52% 49% 51% 61%
Online via smart home voice assistants, e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings 42% 45% 32% 41% 45% 40% 45% 43% 40% 62% 30% 41% 48% 29% 37% 35% 26% 38% 57% 37% 43% 48% 41% 60% 44%
In storeIn the current climate, which of the following attributes are important to you when shopping in physical stores?

Data shown:

  • Respondents ranking each answer in their top three

Ability to pay via contactless methods 23% 23% 18% 28% 22% 26% 21% 22% 26% 26% 14% 16% 30% 18% 23% 27% 32% 33% 21% 28% 22% 29% 29% 17% 22%
Availability of local products 26% 29% 26% 29% 21% 26% 34% 31% 16% 27% 21% 18% 25% 36% 21% 27% 19% 24% 31% 27% 35% 16% 21% 33% 21%
Increased health and safety measures (e.g. controlled numbers in physical store, hand sanitation facilities, store cleaning, protective screens) 35% 28% 42% 43% 36% 35% 32% 31% 44% 41% 25% 21% 43% 47% 31% 49% 17% 35% 35% 47% 44% 39% 48% 36% 38%
Exclusive or limited edition offerings, memberships or loyalty programs in store 22% 18% 25% 20% 27% 28% 16% 13% 21% 22% 25% 30% 26% 28% 16% 14% 32% 36% 28% 17% 21% 20% 23% 20% 22%
Knowledgeable and responsive sales associates 21% 18% 15% 15% 28% 28% 24% 19% 27% 21% 21% 24% 15% 16% 18% 21% 15% 20% 22% 22% 25% 30% 24% 22% 32%
Ability to quickly and conveniently navigate the store to find products I'm interested in 38% 39% 30% 37% 48% 36% 33% 36% 44% 38% 43% 36% 41% 36% 38% 44% 32% 28% 37% 45% 36% 30% 34% 38% 37%
Product range 35% 46% 41% 38% 25% 13% 36% 35% 28% 40% 38% 21% 43% 31% 31% 34% 59% 24% 41% 35% 28% 22% 35% 31% 42%
Ability to see and touch the products 44% 46% 34% 48% 50% 43% 38% 45% 51% 32% 60% 54% 47% 31% 50% 52% 29% 35% 50% 38% 45% 43% 33% 45% 38%
Click and collect service 18% 23% 15% 12% 16% 20% 27% 18% 19% 12% 9% 17% 14% 21% 23% 6% 27% 31% 19% 18% 16% 24% 18% 14% 15%
I don't feel comfortable going into stores 3% 3% 6% 4% 4% 2% 3% 5% 1% 4% 2% 3% 1% 3% 5% 4% 4% 4% 2% 2% 1% 3% 2% 5% 3%
OnlineIn the current climate, which of the following attributes are important to you when shopping online?

Data shown:

  • Respondents ranking each answer in their top three

Ability to quickly and conveniently navigate the website to find products I'm interested in 30% 32% 29% 27% 35% 23% 23% 34% 34% 22% 39% 25% 32% 33% 33% 40% 30% 17% 36% 31% 34% 20% 23% 31% 30%
Virtual experience of products and services through augmented reality (AR) technology 9% 9% 9% 7% 14% 10% 9% 8% 11% 9% 7% 9% 8% 9% 10% 4% 8% 12% 12% 9% 7% 8% 15% 10% 6%
Virtual consultation with sales associate 9% 8% 10% 5% 12% 9% 9% 8% 8% 11% 7% 8% 11% 10% 7% 5% 8% 13% 9% 7% 9% 14% 13% 11% 17%
Live chat functionality 10% 11% 9% 10% 13% 12% 11% 8% 12% 13% 5% 9% 13% 6% 12% 13% 7% 12% 10% 10% 7% 7% 16% 12% 11%
In-stock availability of items I want 35% 44% 22% 50% 25% 37% 42% 38% 36% 36% 42% 22% 36% 29% 38% 31% 43% 26% 37% 38% 32% 28% 24% 40% 28%
The ability to see an extended range of stock compared to in physical stores 26% 20% 29% 22% 38% 17% 23% 21% 27% 15% 43% 24% 20% 26% 28% 23% 32% 25% 15% 21% 26% 21% 24% 24% 27%
Easy to use mobile app/interface 23% 25% 20% 21% 21% 30% 19% 26% 25% 25% 16% 16% 28% 17% 21% 30% 24% 33% 39% 35% 15% 33% 26% 24% 25%
Availability of online customer reviews 26% 25% 20% 31% 30% 29% 22% 21% 29% 29% 32% 27% 32% 23% 18% 37% 26% 24% 29% 25% 26% 36% 28% 24% 32%
A good returns policy (e.g., free returns, return items to store when purchased online, etc.) 31% 34% 28% 38% 34% 27% 31% 35% 32% 34% 16% 20% 26% 34% 38% 27% 25% 30% 37% 37% 38% 31% 35% 32% 34%
Fast/reliable delivery (e.g., same day delivery, pick up online purchases in physical stores or designated pick up location, visibility of the product throughout the delivery process, etc.) 41% 44% 47% 44% 33% 34% 47% 34% 41% 47% 26% 41% 45% 51% 40% 55% 39% 37% 42% 48% 44% 40% 43% 38% 44%
Personalized offering 14% 10% 22% 12% 18% 21% 17% 16% 11% 10% 6% 19% 15% 17% 9% 5% 17% 29% 10% 10% 17% 6% 20% 13% 8%
Exclusive or limited edition offerings, memberships or loyalty programmes online 18% 14% 22% 13% 13% 18% 14% 13% 18% 18% 28% 30% 18% 19% 15% 14% 19% 23% 18% 15% 21% 18% 15% 15% 14%
Consumer mobility In the next six months how likely are you to...

Answers are:

  • Likely
  • Neither/nor
  • Not likely
separated by commas in each table cell.

Travel on a domestic flight 37%,20%,43% 42%,21%,37% 34%,14%,52% 22%,17%,62% 53%,21%,26% 58%,21%,21% 28%,24%,48% 22%,19%,59% 11%,28%,61% 54%,16%,31% 23%,26%,50% 35%,28%,37% 46%,25%,29% 47%,11%,42% 20%,19%,61% 35%,18%,47% 44%,22%,34% 68%,14%,17% 26%,21%,54% 42%,7%,42% 30%,18%,52% 45%,23%,33% 51%,20%,30% 43%,16%,41% 72%,14%,14%
Travel on an international flight 30%,18%,52% 24%,16%,60% 24%,11%,65% 21%,12%,67% 34%,23%,43% 56%, 20%,24% 31%,18%,51% 28%,23%,50% 16%,31%,53% 43%,16%,42% 12%,19%,69% 27%,21%,52% 38%,22%,40% 35%,12%,53% 32%,21%,47% 29%,17%,55% 26%,20%,54% 67%,18%,15% 30%,19%,52% 26%,13%,61% 26%,15%,59% 41%,22%,37% 66%,13%,21% 35%,13%,51% 44%,21%,35%
Stay in a hotel 43%,21%,37% 48%,23%,28% 34%,13%,53% 29%,18%,53% 57%,22%,21% 63%,17%,20% 41%,21%,38% 35%,25%,40% 19%,27%,54% 57%,14%,30% 32%,27%,41% 35%,28%,37% 55%,20%,26% 47%,14%,39% 40%,26%,34% 34%,17%,50% 32%,24%,44% 67%,14%,20% 43%,23%,35% 37%,17%,45% 40%,21%,39% 54,26%,20% 61%,15%,24% 52%,17%,31% 64%,185,18%
Stay in self-catering accommodation (e.g., Airbnb) 37%,23%,40% 38%,23%,39% 26%,17%,57% 21%,18%,61% 46%,30%,24% 54%,20%,27% 40%,23%,37% 32%,27%,42% 12%,27%,51% 49%,19%,33% 16%,22%,62% 40%,27%,33% 44%,26%,31% 46%,16%,38% 39%,28%,33% 38%,21%,42% 28%,23%,50% 51%,28%,21% 32%,17%,52% 52%,18%,30% 34%,20%,46% 49%,23%,28% 54%,21%,25% 37%,21%,42% 62%,23%,15%
Go to a sporting or mass event (e.g., concerts) 32%,20%,47% 42%,19%,39% 26%,12%,62% 21%,16%,63% 44%,27%,29% 51%,21%,28% 31%,22%,47% 25%,28%,47% 18%,30%,52% 44%,20%,37% 21%,23%,56% 30%,24%,47% 32%,18%,51% 31%,14%,54% 27%,23%,50% 24%,15%,61% 37%,27%,37% 56%,20%,24% 27%,21%,53% 24%,16%,60% 24%,16%,60% 38%,23%,38% 48%,26%,27% 39%,16%,44% 51%,19%,29%
Go back into my place of work 67%,20%,14% 71%,18%,11% 66%,13%,21% 52%,26%,22% 79%,13%,7% 74%,18%,8% 66%,19%,15% 58%,25%,17% 60%,28%,12% 87%,8%,5% 74%,13%,13% 55%,31%,13% 74%,18%,8% 72%,17%,11% 62%,22%,16% 56%,18%,27% 52%,29%,20% 79%,14%,7% 60%,27%,13% 68%,17%,15% 67%,20%,13% 73%,19%,8% 79%,13%,8% 69%,18%,14% 80%,14%,6%
Travel via public transport 50%,19%,31% 48%,19%,33% 41%,12%,47% 29%,12%,50% 74%,16%,10% 70%,9%,21% 42%,20%,38% 41%,25%,34% 68%,21%,11% 65%,20%,16% 57%,19%,24% 42%,27%,31% 41%,27%,33% 58%,10%,32% 40%,25%,35% 50%,16%,34% 62%,21%,17% 65%,16%,18% 73%,16%,12% 39%,13%,48% 52%,16%,32% 60%,19%,22% 55%,19%,26% 38%,17%,45% 72%,13%,15%
Go to a shopping mall 67%,18%,15% 79%,14%,7% 53%,13%,34% 57%,12%,22% 80%,15%,5% 78%,13%,8% 62%,24%,14% 51%,25%,24% 70%,15%,15% 67%,19%,15% 64%,23%,14% 51%,29%,20% 75%,15%,10% 71%,17%,13% 59%,22%,19% 63%,18%,18% 72%,20%,8% 82%,10%,9% 77%,15%,9% 81%,11%,9% 69%,14%,17% 75%,15%,10% 79%,12%,10% 58%,22%,20% 82%,11%,7%
Go to a gym 36%,19%,45% 36%,18%,47% 40%,12%,48% 26%,16%,58% 51%,25%,24% 61%,15%,24% 30%,21%,49% 28%,20%,53% 11%,32%,57% 55%,13%,33% 17%,17%,65% 31%,27%,41% 37%,22%,42% 48%,15%,37% 31%,23%,47% 28%,16%,57% 36%,24%,40% 60%,14%,26% 31%,26%,44% 37%,17%,46% 31%,16%,53% 46%,18%,36% 52%,21%,27% 38%,19%,43% 60%,20%,20%
Go to a restaurant 61%,20%,19% 73%,17%,11% 52%,15%,33% 53%,21%,26% 75%,16%,9% 73%,15%,12% 52%,21%,26% 49%,24%,27% 62%,27%,11% 74%,13%,13% 56%,24%,20% 54%,29%,17% 75%,15%,11% 67%,14%,20% 51%,25%,24% 53%,24%,23% 41%,29%,30% 78%,11%,11% 69%,22%,10% 64%,16%,20% 63%,18%,20% 73%,17%,10% 73%,14%,13% 67%,18%,16% 75%,14%,12%
Sustainability Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements around shopping sustainability

Answers are:

  • Agree
  • Disagree
separated by commas in each table cell.

When it comes to consuming single-use materials, my concerns over health and safety outweigh my sense of environmental responsibility 52%,15% 37%,21% 64%,10% 46%,17% 61%,8% 77%,8% 42%,18% 40%,17% 46%,16% 74%,8% 45%,18% 40%,23% 56%,10% 58%,12% 40%,26% 78%,6% 44%,17% 77%,4% 55%,11% 48%,16% 47%,17% 75%,8% 70%,11% 51%,15% 63%,16%
I intentionally buy items with eco-friendly packaging or less packaging 54%,15% 49%,16% 50%,16% 48%,17% 74%,4% 70%,11% 52%,13% 51%,14% 46%,17% 86%,1% 42%,20% 44%,22% 60%,11% 61%,14% 43%,21% 80%,4% 39%,20% 71%,6% 45%,20% 54%,17% 50%,15% 76%,2% 68%,7% 50%,19% 80%,5%
I choose products with a traceable and transparent origin 55%,13% 39%,22% 56%,13% 38%,21% 74%,4% 80%,7% 54%,13% 42%,14% 49%,11% 83%,3% 48%,16% 52%,17% 66%,10% 57%,14% 33%,25% 77%,5% 70%,9% 74%,7% 46%,12% 57%,16% 48%,12% 79%,3% 61%,11% 47%,18% 89%,5%
I am including more plant based foods as part of my diet due to sustainability principles 51%,20% 38%,29% 56%,18% 36%,33% 71%,5% 69%,9% 41%,25% 42%,22% 40%,21% 74%,9% 33%,25% 43%,21% 57%,16% 65%,13% 38%,34% 72%,6% 49%,18% 72%,11% 40%,21% 55%,21% 46%,24% 80%,3% 68%,11% 45%,28% 84%,4%
I buy from companies that are conscious and supportive of protecting the environment 54%,12% 47%,15% 60%,10% 46%,12% 71%,3% 78%,7% 46%,15% 47%,11% 31%,17% 84%,3% 33%,22% 48%,17% 61%,6% 70%,7% 38%,22% 78%,3% 41%,17% 72%,10% 52%,9% 62%,10% 48%,14% 78%,3% 74%,10% 51%,15% 85%,4%
I am buying more biodegradable/eco-friendly products 53%,15% 49%,18% 52%,15% 44%,19% 75%,3% 68%,12% 49%,18% 42%,17% 40%,21% 82%,2% 39%,18% 45%,19% 59%,9% 69%,9% 40%,26% 76%,4% 40%,20% 65%,9% 50%,18% 54%,16% 51%,18% 79%,4% 65%,7% 49%,18% 81%,5%
When shopping for products I check the labelling/packaging for sustainability certification(s) 52%,17% 42%,28% 54%,17% 41%,23% 72%,5% 76%,7% 47%,17% 43%,17% 42%,19% 84%,2% 32%,26% 45%,22% 58%,10% 61%,12% 34%,27% 82%,4% 42%,22% 74%,6% 46%,20% 53%,21% 45%,19% 77%,3% 67%,10% 46%,22% 81%,6%
Brand attributes Considering this list of brand attributes, which of the following influence your likelihood to remain loyal to a brand?

Data shown:

  • Respondents ranking each answer in their top three

Exceptional customer service 26% 28% 24% 32% 28% 23% 29% 19% 22% 25% 16% 27% 18% 33% 26% 26% 11% 24% 22% 30% 38% 34% 29% 32% 34%
Products that are widely available 31% 37% 23% 29% 18% 31% 29% 31% 30% 37% 34% 32% 33% 28% 25% 43% 44% 35% 31% 35% 28% 22% 28% 33% 23%
Exclusivity 18% 14% 21% 11% 14% 26% 16% 20% 23% 17% 25% 17% 17% 20% 19% 17% 19% 20% 20% 16% 17% 21% 20% 17% 14%
Reliability (the brand always delivers what I expect) 46% 46% 41% 50% 46% 29% 41% 44% 50% 41% 53% 47% 53% 39% 48% 58% 51% 32% 43% 48% 43% 41% 39% 45% 48%
Personalization 17% 14% 13% 14% 23% 18% 17% 15% 17% 13% 16% 25% 15% 21% 17% 14% 22% 15% 22% 16% 15% 24% 16% 16% 11%
Loyalty programs 26% 36% 22% 41% 24% 31% 38% 21% 22% 19% 15% 12% 29% 14% 18% 25% 36% 27% 40% 36% 22% 13% 30% 27% 21%
Seamless digital experience 12% 12% 13% 8% 12% 12% 12% 11% 12% 15% 8% 12% 16% 12% 11% 12% 19% 15% 14% 11% 15% 14% 16% 12% 16%
Enjoyable/fun experience (e.g. entertaining interaction with the brand) 20% 23% 20% 19% 31% 18% 13% 18% 19% 18% 23% 17% 20% 20% 26% 20% 9% 27% 20% 20% 20% 18% 20% 22% 24%
Commitment to giving back to society 15% 14% 17% 14% 15% 9% 12% 19% 19% 17% 13% 11% 18% 13% 15% 25% 12% 15% 14% 19% 17% 14% 19% 19% 16%
Ethical practices (e.g. Fairtrade, cruelty-free testing, workforce equity, best in practice production etc.) 24% 23% 29% 28% 25% 28% 23% 27% 16% 25% 17% 21% 24% 36% 23% 20% 21% 28% 26% 25% 28% 21% 26% 20% 27%
Engaging content (e.g. social media, influencers, advertising) 14% 11% 14% 7% 20% 24% 10% 11% 17% 15% 26% 10% 17% 15% 13% 12% 12% 18% 15% 13% 11% 19% 17% 13% 20%
Sustainable practices (e.g. commitment to net zero) 19% 15% 22% 19% 24% 16% 25% 22% 18% 22% 14% 17% 20% 20% 17% 13% 13% 18% 17% 15% 22% 17% 19% 15% 23%
Consumer evolution Thinking of the last 6 months, please indicate from the list of attributes below how if at all, you have evolved as a consumer.

Data shown:

  • (Respondents answering "I am more like this")

I am ‘digital’. 51% 42% 74% 40% 45% 72% 37% 44% 34% 68% 36% 40% 59% 71% 45% 64% 42% 68% 52% 69% 54% 61% 61% 48% 62%
I am ‘local’. 43% 48% 44% 42% 39% 51% 37% 32% 36% 69% 21% 22% 54% 46% 34% 58% 63% 53% 46% 57% 37% 52% 38% 47% 48%
I am healthy. 49% 40% 56% 39% 59% 68% 33% 34% 38% 83% 21% 53% 54% 57% 35% 60% 47% 79% 43% 62% 46% 54% 68% 47% 80%
I am eco-friendly. 50% 45% 49% 39% 61% 68% 49% 38% 39% 86% 29% 43% 63% 65% 39% 74% 41% 60% 47% 60% 40% 66% 67% 47% 74%
I am price oriented. 56% 55% 67% 52% 39% 53% 51% 44% 46% 71% 43% 42% 60% 74% 44% 72% 70% 58% 59% 73% 59% 64% 60% 55% 68%
I am focused on saving. 54% 60% 58% 57% 39% 60% 41% 40% 61% 64% 52% 34% 72% 61% 44% 71% 52% 65% 59% 70% 52% 69% 72% 59% 60%
I am optimistic about the economy. 36% 30% 44% 26% 58% 54% 18% 24% 17% 71% 12% 22% 41% 55% 29% 57% 29% 60% 33% 41% 23% 53% 61% 43% 47%
I am data conscious. 46% 30% 61% 32% 59% 57% 34% 32% 47% 76% 29% 38% 62% 62% 31% 63% 59% 55% 42% 59% 42% 67% 56% 41% 60%
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Channel choice In the last 12 months, how often have you bought products (e.g. clothes, books, electronics) using the following shopping channels?

Data shown:

  • Respondents answering 'weekly' or 'daily' (Figures represent proportion of those who use said shopping channel.)

In physical stores 42% 56% 25% 43% 50% 41% 42% 37% 62% 36% 41% 37% 40% 37% 38% 42% 41% 56% 46% 37% 36% 38% 43% 50% 63%
Online via PC 30% 34% 31% 25% 41% 33% 29% 22% 29% 26% 13% 43% 30% 26% 29% 30% 25% 44% 36% 20% 28% 24% 30% 39% 44%
Online via tablet 33% 37% 30% 28% 40% 38% 36% 31% 36% 32% 22% 46% 30% 23% 33% 30% 25% 39% 47% 20% 28% 25% 29% 42% 40%
Online via mobile phone or smartphone 39% 46% 34% 34% 58% 42% 34% 31% 44% 44% 19% 56% 42% 30% 37% 36% 28% 42% 48% 27% 36% 37% 43% 49% 55%
Online via smart home voice assistants, e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings 37% 47% 35% 36% 47% 37% 36% 40% 53% 39% 24% 45% 43% 26% 37% 32% 26% 37% 40% 26% 31% 31% 28% 51% 36%
In store versus onlineIn the current climate, which of the following attributes are important to you when shopping in physical stores? (These attributes were in respondents' top three)
Ability to pay via contactless methods 18% 16% 17% 15% 23% 19% 17% 19% 17% 16% 7% 18% 18% 23% 22% 17% 22% 22% 21% 18% 16% 23% 21% 15% 21%
Availability of local products 23% 30% 25% 23% 10% 20% 27% 30% 25% 31% 18% 18% 22% 25% 18% 23% 18% 27% 25% 31% 25% 19% 26% 23% 23%
Increased health and safety measures (e.g. controlled numbers in physical store, hand sanitation facilities, store cleaning, protective screens) 31% 28% 36% 40% 33% 35% 28% 28% 25% 31% 18% 20% 38% 44% 23% 50% 22% 32% 30% 41% 41% 38% 31% 36% 27%
Exclusive or limited edition offerings, memberships or loyalty programs in store 17% 17% 22% 13% 20% 22% 15% 12% 18% 16% 23% 28% 12% 24% 14% 7% 21% 23% 13% 16% 16% 20% 15% 13% 13%
Knowledgeable and responsive sales associates 18% 17% 18% 15% 20% 16% 16% 18% 16% 20% 17% 25% 15% 19% 18% 23% 13% 18% 18% 17% 24% 19% 17% 14% 27%
Ability to quickly and conveniently navigate the store to find products I'm interested in 31% 29% 31% 31% 33% 27% 25% 32% 29% 27% 43% 28% 30% 19% 36% 36% 33% 21% 28% 37% 22% 22% 31% 40% 31%
Product range 28% 36% 22% 28% 18% 14% 28% 34% 31% 26% 31% 18% 31% 22% 35% 18% 47% 20% 37% 35% 24% 19% 33% 25% 19%
Ability to see and touch the products 33% 34% 22% 37% 28% 28% 33% 35% 43% 27% 52% 35% 29% 18% 29% 36% 43% 20% 43% 29% 34% 37% 26% 29% 31%
Click and collect service N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I don't feel comfortable going into stores 4% 3% 4% 4% 4% 8% 5% 5% 1% 5% 4% 4% 7% 2% 4% 3% 2% 5% 1% 3% 2% 3% 3% 5% 4%
In store versus onlineIn the current climate, which of the following attributes are important to you when shopping online? (These attributes were in the respondents' top three)
Ability to quickly and conveniently navigate the website to find products I'm interested in 36% 39% 35% 36% 38% 29% 26% 41% 43% 32% 43% 32% 35% 35% 38% 43% 38% 30% 36% 37% 35% 26% 29% 36% 37%
Virtual experience of products and services through augmented reality (AR) technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Virtual consultation with sales associate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Live chat functionality N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
In-stock availability of items I want 38% 47% 36% 47% 28% 38% 44% 42% 35% 39% 49% 25% 37% 41% 39% 30% 40% 30% 36% 40% 35% 33% 27% 43% 31%
The ability to see an extended range of stock compared to in physical stores 30% 29% 25% 27% 40% 27% 30% 26% 36% 22% 46% 28% 29% 25% 33% 27% 33% 20% 28% 28% 32% 30% 28% 31% 31%
Easy to use mobile app/interface 28% 31% 27% 26% 25% 26% 24% 24% 29% 29% 19% 18% 35% 23% 19% 52% 29% 31% 40% 35% 22% 44% 33% 29% 34%
Availability of online customer reviews 29% 23% 23% 27% 28% 32% 28% 22% 30% 36% 28% 29% 33% 26% 21% 39% 37% 25% 34% 34% 28% 41% 32% 30% 49%
A good returns policy (e.g., free returns, return items to store when purchased online, etc.) 32% 32% 31% 37% 40% 34% 32% 38% 28% 31% 17% 25% 27% 40% 36% 31% 26% 30% 39% 37% 35% 29% 29% 31% 29%
Fast/reliable delivery (e.g., same day delivery, pick up online purchases in physical stores or designated pick up location, visibility of the product throughout the delivery process, etc.) 42% 46% 49% 42% 43% 29% 44% 41% 33% 43% 27% 41% 41% 51% 35% 44% 43% 36% 46% 48% 50% 43% 40% 43% 44%
Personalized offering 17% 16% 26% 13% 23% 27% 18% 18% 19% 17% 7% 23% 18% 25% 13% 11% 13% 30% 12% 16% 18% 7% 23% 16% 8%
Exclusive or limited edition offerings, memberships or loyalty programmes online 21% 17% 24% 16% 17% 27% 18% 18% 19% 25% 32% 35% 22% 22% 24% 14% 19% 31% 23% 15% 22% 20% 26% 17% 17%
Consumer mobility In the next six months how likely are you to...

Answers are:

  • Likely
  • Neither/nor
  • Not likely
separated by commas in each table cell.

Travel on a domestic flight 33%,19%,49% 35%,24%,42% 39%,11%,51% 18%,17%,66% 47%,20%,33% 50%,14%,36% 26%,20%,54% 18%,16%,66% 23%,23%,55% 50%,22%,27% 21%,23%,57% 31%,26%,44% 36%,20%,44% 35%,14%,51% 15%,18%,67% 38%,22%,40% 27%,25%,48% 68%,14%,18% 25%,15%,61% 39%,17%,44% 26%,16%,59% 47%,22%,31% 48%,19%,32% 36%,14%,50% 77%,11%,12%
Travel on an international flight 26%,17%,57% 26%,16%,59% 26%,13%,61% 17%,12%,71% 27%,23%,50% 49%,14%,37% 27%,19%,54% 22%,17%,61% 27%,18%,55% 38%,20%,42% 10%,15%,76% 24%,21%,55% 27%,17%,56% 25%,14%,61% 22%,18%,60% 30%,19%,51% 20%,15%,66% 58%,18%,24% 30%,16%,54% 23%,13%,64% 20%,15%,64% 28%,21%,51% 58%,17%,26% 32%,13%,55% 48%,24%,28%
Stay in a hotel 36%,21%,43% 41%,23%,36% 44%,11%,45% 24%,21%,55% 47%,21%,32% 48%,18%,34% 36%,24%,40% 24%,21%,55% 26%,25%,49% 50%,19%,31% 28%,25%,47% 33%,30%,38% 39%,22%,39% 37%,16%,47% 25%,24%,51% 33%,23%,44% 20%,22%,58% 63%,17%,20% 36%,23%,41% 33%,19%,48% 30%,20%,50% 54%,22%,24% 49%,23%,28% 40%,17%,43% 71%,14%,15%
Stay in self-catering accommodation (e.g., Airbnb) 32%,22%,46% 34%,22%,44% 40%,11%,49% 19%,18%,63% 40%,26%,34% 40%,23%,37% 33%,26%,42% 21%,24%,55% 22%,31%,47% 45%,24%,31% 8%,23%,69% 37%,30%,33% 30%,22%,48% 36%,13%,51% 25%,25%,50% 41%,26%,33% 17%,23%,60% 55%,20%,24% 28%,19%,54% 45%,19%,37% 26%,19%,56% 40%,25%,35% 46%,28%,26% 33%,16%,51% 76%,15%,9%
Go to a sporting or mass event (e.g., concerts) 27%,20%,53% 31%,22%,47% 29%,15%,56% 16%,15%,69% 36%,23%,40% 41%,22%,37% 29%,22%,49% 21%,17%,61% 25%,24%,51% 40%,25%,35% 15%,22%,62% 25%,26%,49% 27%,17%,56% 23%,14%,64% 17%,19%,64% 30%,18%,52% 23%,25%,52% 53%,19%,27% 23%,18%,59% 27%,15%,58% 20%,17%,64% 33%,22%,45% 38%,23%,39% 33%,14%,54% 59%,21%,20%
Go back into my place of work 67%,19%,14% 65%,19%,15% 67%,15%,18% 53%,20%,27% 74%,16%,10% 79%,8%,13% 67%,22%,11% 60%,28%,13% 67%,23%,11% 87%,8%,5% 73%,16%,11% 49%,36%,14% 75%,15%,10% 69%,15%,16% 60%,21%,19% 69%,19%,11% 53%,25%,23% 78%,13%,9% 75%,16%,9% 67%,15%,17% 66%,19%,16% 78%,15%,8% 78%,14%,8% 64%,24%,12% 91%,5%,4%
Travel via public transport 47%,19%,33% 48%,21%,30% 47%,13%,40% 29%,15%,55% 71%,15%,14% 61%,16%,23% 37%,23%,40% 36%,24%,40% 71%,22%,8% 57%,23%,20% 53%,24%,23% 32%,33%,35% 44%,21%,35% 56%,11%,33% 31%,23%,46% 56%,18%,25% 57%,21%,22% 56%,19%,25% 76%,14%,11% 41%,12%,47% 47%,17%,35% 61%,18%,21% 50%,21%,29% 34%,13%,53% 73%,14%,13%
Go to a shopping mall 65%,20%,15% 76%,16%,8% 65%,12%,23% 55%,21%,24% 76%,16%,8% 73%,14%,12% 66%,19%,15% 52%,23%,25% 61%,30%,9% 72%,19%,9% 55%,30%,15% 44%,37%,19% 72%,20%,9% 73%,13%,15% 57%27%,16% 69%,16%,15% 68%,21%,11% 74%,17%,9% 79%,14%,8% 81%,10%,9% 64%,17%,19% 79%,15%,6% 69%,21%,9% 50%,19%,31% 88%,6%,6%
Go to a gym N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Go to a restaurant N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainability Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements around shopping sustainability

Answers are:

  • Agree
  • Disagree
separated by commas in each table cell.

When it comes to consuming single-use materials, my concerns over health and safety outweigh my sense of environmental responsibility 51%,15% 45%,18% 67%,9% 42%,20% 61%,13% 71%,9% 46%,18% 40%,18% 53%,15% 64%,8% 37%,15% 39%,20% 61%,11% 61%,13% 32%,25% 75%,6% 42%,15% 68%,8% 58%,13% 53%,17% 45%,16% 67%,9% 64%,7% 54%,13% 66%,16%
I intentionally buy items with eco-friendly packaging or less packaging 54%,14% 51%,17% 57%,12% 46%,18% 74%,5% 68%,9% 49%,16% 55%,12% 56%,7% 80%,4% 38%,17% 42%,19% 63%,7% 63%,10% 38%,22% 80%,2% 37%,23% 72%,8% 55%,11% 56%,15% 50%,17% 74%,6% 58%,11% 50%,18% 86%,2%
I choose products with a traceable and transparent origin 56%,12% 48%,16% 58%,11% 37%,21% 74%,4% 75%,7% 52%,14% 41%,14% 53%,11% 82%,5% 40%,17% 52%,16% 67%,5% 63%,7% 34%,24% 77%,4% 71%,7% 74%,9% 52%,14% 54%,12% 48%,14% 77%,4% 66%,7% 49%,15% 92%,2%
I am including more plant based foods as part of my diet due to sustainability principles 50%,19% 47%,28% 56%,17% 39%,32% 67%,5% 60%,11% 37%,28% 38%,27% 52%,13% 71%,6% 26%,26% 42%,19% 56%,10% 61%,14% 34%,30% 76%,6% 45%,17% 68%,8% 50%,17% 56%,20% 48%,22% 78%,3% 60%,11% 48%,25% 88%,6%
I buy from companies that are conscious and supportive of protecting the environment 55%,11% 52%,13% 63%,7% 49%,11% 72%,3% 72%,7% 46%,15% 47%,11% 51%,7% 79%,4% 29%,21% 43%,14% 69%,4% 71%,6% 35%,21% 80%,2% 42%,16% 65%,10% 57%,5% 62%,6% 51%,15% 77%,1% 66%,9% 54%,11% 83%,6%
I am buying more biodegradable/eco-friendly products 53%,14% 49%,19% 58%,13% 48%,17% 74%,5% 61%,10% 48%,17% 44%,17% 56%,7% 76%,6% 32%,19% 43%,14% 61%,7% 69%,7% 35%,26% 77%,3% 40%,20% 67%,10% 58%,11% 53%,13% 45%,17% 79%,2% 66%,7% 51%,16% 87%,3%
When shopping for products I check the labelling/packaging for sustainability certification(s) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brand attributes Considering this list of brand attributes, which of the following influence your likelihood to remain loyal to a brand? - Top 3 Ranked
Exceptional customer service N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Products that are widely available N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Exclusivity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Reliability (the brand always delivers what I expect) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Personalization N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Loyalty programs N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Seamless digital experience N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Enjoyable/fun experience (e.g. entertaining interaction with the brand) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Commitment to giving back to society N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ethical practices (e.g. Fairtrade, cruelty-free testing, workforce equity, best in practice production etc.) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Engaging content (e.g. social media, influencers, advertising) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sustainable practices (e.g. commitment to net zero) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Consumer attributes Thinking of the last 6 months, please indicate from the list of attributes below how if at all, you have evolved as a consumer.

Data shown:

  • (Respondents answering "I am more like this")

I am ‘digital’. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am ‘local’. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am healthy. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am eco-friendly. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am price oriented. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am focused on saving. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am optimistic about the economy. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
I am data conscious. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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