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How the Coronavirus Is Changing Our Retail and Ecommerce Forecasts

Insider Intelligence research analyst Daniel Keyes, principal analyst Andrew Lipsman and senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu discuss how the coronavirus changed retail and ecommerce. What are our base, best and worst cases scenarios? They then talk about who frictionless retail is for and what Americans' online grocery experience really looks like.

Mosaic Foods has had to acclimate to a new normal in the past few months, and as a relatively new brand, that hasn’t always been easy. Before the pandemic, employees of the meal delivery company were able to test out new recipes and offer feedback right then and there. But today, meals are shipped to co-workers who do video taste tests and offer notes.

A day after launching in Ulta Beauty stores, foot care brand Barefoot Scientist received unfortunate but inevitable news: Ulta's locations would have to close due to the pandemic. For the relatively new company, it was disheartening that consumers wouldn’t be able to test its products in-store. But like other brands coping with the pandemic, Barefoot Scientist has learned to adapt and focus on the present.

Lunch and dinner subscription company MealPal started out as a service through which consumers could pick up meals from local restaurants during the work week—but, like many in the food industry, it has adjusted its operations for quarantined customers. The company now offers groceries supplied by local restaurants via MealPal Market.

Over the past few weeks, online grocery stores and meal kits have seen a stream of orders coming in, not only from existing customers, but also new ones looking to avoid physical stores during the pandemic. Plant-based meal company Splendid Spoon is one of those receiving demand.

The Coronavirus Will Cause a Lasting Step Change in Grocery Ecommerce

With the impact of the coronavirus still ricocheting throughout the economy, it can be difficult to envision retail one day returning to normal. And yet, somehow it will—and much of it will look virtually indistinguishable from the pre-crisis reality. But certain changes in consumer behavior will be lasting.

Meal kits are experiencing an uptick in popularity as more people practice social distancing and turn to alternatives to limit their grocery store shopping.

The Weekly Listen: How COVID-19 Affects Grocery Delivery, Forces New Innovations and Brings Out Best (and Worst) of Companies

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman, along with vice president of content studio Paul Verna, examine the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on grocery delivery, highlight how companies and individuals are coming up with innovative solutions, and point out examples of positive, and not-so-positive, corporate responses.

After launching its mobile ordering app in 2009, Pizza Hut has made strides in the mcommerce space, constantly listening to customer feedback and adapting accordingly.

Mars Wrigley Teams Up with Bumble to Boost Consumer Connections on Valentine’s Day

Consumers in the US are planning to spend roughly $196 on Valentine’s Day this year, an increase of 21% over 2019, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Life After Lockdown: UK High Street Habits May Default to Digital

Even with a partial lifting of lockdown measures, the coronavirus continues to limit movement of people—and this has hit the UK high street hard. From retailers with a high dependency on physical stores to restaurants and coffee shops without delivery facilities, the obstacles have proven insurmountable for some. For others, the longer-term question is, "Will the UK high street be able to recover when (and if) normalcy returns?"

Gertrude Allen, CEO of Pet Plate speaks with eMarketer vice president of business development Marissa Coslov about the D2C subscription service’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including increasing product inventory and its workforce to meet an encouraging growth outlook. Made possible by Salesforce.

What Grocery Retailers Can Learn from the Past Weeks

Grocery companies—and more specifically their systems and services—have really been put to the test amid the pandemic. Many grocers are having trouble keeping items on the shelves. And even the most prepared are encountering issues with supply chain logistics.

Consumers Are Spending Less on Clothes and More on Food, Health Products

US consumers are shopping online more as they continue to avoid brick-and-mortar. According to a recent eMarketer study conducted by Bizrate Insights, health, food and beverage purchases made digitally are seeing an uptick. Apparel, not so much.

Online Grocers Are Still Feeling the Heat in the UK

In less than two weeks' time, the coronavirus pandemic completely changed the ways in which millions of UK residents grocery shop and order food. On March 20, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered cafes, bars and restaurants to close for eat-in customers; three days later, all residents except workers in essential jobs were told to stay home as much as possible, going out only for groceries, medical needs or solo exercise.

The Weekly Listen: New Video Streaming Services, Online Grocers' Future and a Reversed Techlash

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and junior analyst Blake Droesch discuss whether people will have an appetite for the upcoming video streaming services, the future of online grocers, if the pandemic has eased the techlash, examples of companies building goodwill, whether it's OK to always wear pajamas when working from home, and more.

Coronavirus Catapults Grocery Ecommerce in the UK, but Online Grocers Struggle to Meet Demand

Amid the countless (mostly unpleasant) surprises brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, one development was entirely predictable: the surge in online ordering of groceries and other essential items.

How Big of a Splash Can Quibi Make?

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna discuss the details of the new short-form video platform Quibi. They then talk about Australia suing Facebook, Amazon selling its cashierless technology to other retailers and Postmates new "non-contact" food delivery option.

Restaurants, QSRs in Canada Covet Millennials

Brands have sought after millennials since the segment was identified as a demographic phenomenon reminiscent of the boomers. There’s been heavy investment in the creation of products and services that fit within an evolving consumer culture, one increasingly defined by this influential cohort. Growing independence and earning make this group the most digitally connected of all.

Amazon vs. Walmart: Who’s Really Winning Online Grocery?

Consumer adoption of online grocery—led primarily by Amazon and Walmart—saw hockey-stick growth last year. As these two Goliaths vie for market control, conflicting reports have made it difficult to determine who has the momentum, and where consumers prefer to shop.