As the world moves beyond COVID-19, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands must navigate a reality in which e-commerce growth has slowed dramatically from the lofty heights of the pandemic. Using insights obtained from Euromonitor International’s new Passport: E-Commerce system, this briefing provides guidance for brands on which retailers they should prioritise partnering with in order to boost digital sales across beauty and personal care, food and beverages, and home products categories.
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Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands must continue to deal with one of the pandemic’s lasting legacies - a permanently elevated rate of e-commerce penetration. As e-commerce sales growth begins to normalise in the wake of the pandemic, however, it is more important than ever that brands look to grow their digital sales partnerships with retailers that understand the online space and can present their products to the largest possible number of consumers.
Online marketplace giant Amazon has established itself as the benchmark for all other retailers in the beauty and personal care e-commerce space. Yet, despite Amazon’s near-dominant position, opportunities exist for other retailers to increase their online beauty and personal care sales, as well - particularly beauty specialists, such as Nykaa in India and Douglas in Germany, that succeed due to their unique understanding of local tastes in their home markets.
Although Amazon is the leading retailer in online sales across most FMCG industries, in food and beverages, it is eclipsed by Walmart, the world’s leading grocery retailer. Walmart leverages it vast network of brick-and-mortar stores to fulfil click-and-collect orders of perishable items that are ill-suited for home delivery - underscoring the advantage that physical outlets provide to legacy grocers looking to expand online food and beverages sales.
Digitally-native pet specialists, such as Chewy in the US and ZooPlus in Europe, have shown that specialist retailers can compete with, and even surpass, online marketplace operators in the realm of pet care e-commerce. In doing so, they have created a model that other specialist retailers in the home products e-commerce space can follow - a model built around customer loyalty and hassle-free, automated re-ordering of regularly purchased items.
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