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04/13/2022

Chicory study sheds light on online shoppers

The new study from Chicory examines omnichannel shopping habits.
Zachary Russell
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A new study from Chicory, a digital shopper marketing platform, has revealed insights into omnichannel shoppers and their habits.

First covered by Store Brands’ sister publication Progressive Grocer, according to the firm’s new survey, two-thirds (66%) of consumers have bought groceries online in the past 60 days. Survey respondents in the 30-44 age bracket show the highest preference for omnichannel shopping.

Omnichannel shoppers extend some loyalty to digital retailers as well as brick-and-mortar stores, the research showed. A strong majority of 80% reported that they are likely to repeat their online purchases, and 54% said they tend to stick to the same retailers because they have shopped with them before.

One barrier to loyalty is price, as inflation has caused grocery prices to hit new highs. Cost was the most commonly cited reason to change the choice of an online retailer. Following price, the factors most likely to sway users to another online grocery retailer were convenience and product availability.  

Chicory’s insights show that 58% of digital shoppers visited a retailer’s website or used a retailer’s app in the previous two months, more often to look for deals and ideas than to purchase directly from that platform. Most respondents, 64%, reported that they look to other food blogs and recipe sites for ideas and inspiration for meals; even younger consumers who are prone to use the TikTok social media platform said they commonly search food blogs and large recipe sites. 

Nearly half of survey participants said they are likely or very likely to make a grocery purchase directly from a food site that gives them meal planning inspiration, underscoring the significance of such resources. 

"If brands and retailers aren't yet leveraging off-site content to acquire new customers, they need to start. Today, winning at the shelf requires meeting consumers in moments of inspiration, well before they hit the retailer's store or site,” said Yuni Sameshima, Chicory’s founder and CEO.