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Wallet a key driver of Dutch shoppers’ purchase decisions

Global Consumer Insights Survey 2021 – Pulse 2

In PwC's twelfth annual Global Consumer Insights Survey, we look at consumer behaviour, based on findings from more than 8,700 participants from 22 countries. Consumer preferences had already started to shift prior to the pandemic, and many trends - including the shift to online, were accelerated due to the imposed social-distancing measures. In response to this, we shifted to a pulse approach. Pulse 1 was released earlier this year, and results from Pulse 2 largely confirms Dutch consumer sentiment relative to the global average.

43%

shop local to support neighborhood shops.

27%

consider price as the most important factor when it comes to shopping sustainably.

45%

increased their online shopping in the past six months.

23%

indicate that the most important reason to visit a physical store is to see and touch a product.

Wallet compared to heart

At the start of the pandemic, the Dutch showed solidarity with local, independent businesses – 33% of Dutch consumers say they shop more at these businesses to support them, compared to 45% globally. This solidarity has increased considerably: in the Netherlands, the share grew to 43% compared to 51% globally. Despite the increase, Dutch consumers still appear to be driven by their wallet more than by their heart. Price and convenience are still more important to them than supporting local retailers. It should be noted that the Dutch retail market is characterized by a relatively high degree of consolidation, especially in the grocery sector, which limits the options to shop with local businesses.

Global Consumer Insights Survey
Global Consumer Insights Survey

Wallet compared to ESG

When it comes to shopping, the Dutch appear to be less concerned with sustainability when compared to the global average, particularly when looking at the following elements:

  • selecting products with traceable and transparent origins,
  • buying from environmentally conscious companies, and
  • selecting products with sustainability certifications.

27% of Dutch consumers indicate that when it comes to shopping sustainably, price is still primarily dictates their choice. Other important factors are the lack of sustainable options (18%) or the general lack of interest in sustainably or ethically produced products.

The global results of our survey show that sustainable shopping is higher on the agenda for consumers in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. This may be explained by the fact that people in these parts of the world are more directly confronted by the effects of pollution, for example the notorious smog in major Chinese cities and the amount of plastic littering the beaches of several Southeast Asian countries.

Brand loyalty drivers

A quarter of respondents consider a company’s ability to deliver on its brand promise as the primary driver of their loyalty to that particular brand. The next driver is the company’s ethical conduct (10%), and rounding up the top 3 drivers is exceptional customer service which comes in at 9%.

Global Consumer Insights Survey
Global Consumer Insights Survey

The shift to online continues

45% of Dutch consumers say they have become more comfortable with online shopping in the past six months – this is close to the global sentiment of 51% and further confirms the overall trend of the ever-accelerating shift to online. The same percentage of Dutch consumers (45%) say they have been shopping more online in the past six months (compared to 39% globally). Dutch consumers turn to online channels particularly when shopping for fashion (64%) and consumer electronics (53%). For both product categories, more favourable pricing is the main reason for going online (32%), followed, unsurprisingly, by the temporary closure of physical stores (31%).

Dutch consumers are relatively less worried about their data security compared to their global peers

A good return policy (15%) and product availability (15%) are the more important factors when deciding where to shop online in the Netherlands. Only 31 % indicate they have become more data conscious compared to 46% globally. This may be due to geographical differences in the varying levels of local governance and the overall trust in institutions. This is illustrated when we look at the responses from Western Europe where, only 35% are concerned about the security of their data, and compare this to Afterica and the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, where 58% and 59% of respondents, respectively, are concerned about the security of their data.

Global Consumer Insights Survey
Global Consumer Insights Survey

Brick-and-mortar is not dead…

Groceries is still the main product group which drives Dutch consumers to physical stores. 40% reduced visits to physical grocery stores in the past six months, while the reduction was 60% for all product groups combined. Convenience remains to be the main driving factor.

The leading factor, with 23% of responses, for Dutch consumers to visit a physical store is to have the opportunity to see and touch the product prior to purchase. However, when deciding to visit stores health and safety measures are heavily considered - particularly requirements for face masks (21%) and frequency of shop cleaning (15%). It would be in retailers best interest to maintain a shopping environment where shoppers can perceive a sense of concern for health and safety.

…but are consumers doing enough to maintain a pulse?

50% of Dutch consumers indicate that they are moderately to extremely concerned about the survival of the brick-and-mortar stores in their local shopping area due to the ongoing shift to online. 

However, with 45% of Dutch consumers increasing their online shopping, the concerns about the survival of local shops does not seem to directly translate into more spending at such stores.

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Questions and Answers Global Australia Brazil Canada China Egypt France Germany Hong Kong Indonesia Japan South Korea Malaysia Mexico Netherlands Philippines Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore South Africa Spain Thailand United Arab Emirates United States Vietnam
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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