Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Once online-only players explore opportunities in the physical retailing space

As UK consumers increasingly gravitate towards making purchases online, it is now clear that retailers need to embrace e-commerce if they want to survive and thrive in the much more complex and competitive UK retail environment. Yet, as product sales inexorably migrate online, an interesting counter-trend has begun to emerge, as several retailers that had previously operated purely in the online realm have begun to open physical outlets.

“Buy now, pay later” to gain further ground

The “Buy now, pay later” concept offers end consumers the ability to get goods and services without paying immediately – trying products and returning them free of charge within a set amount of time. This checkout method gained much media hype in the UK, especially following Klarna’s partnership with Asos at the end of 2017.

Technological innovation – key for future success

With internet retailing reaching a more mature stage in the UK, and the future development of the channel expected to be less positive than the growth experienced over the last five years, retailers across all categories are expected to increasingly invest in technological innovation, as the line between online and bricks-and-mortar shopping becomes blurred. For example, Boots launched the innovative Sales Assist app in stores, which offers sales assistants access to the full range offered on boots.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Amazon maintains its lead

Amazon.com maintained its lead in internet retailing in 2018.

Constant innovation by Amazon will ensure its growth

Within the next five years, Amazon is expected to become a stakeholder with ever-growing bargaining power among fmcg companies. This is due not only to its sales, but also to: constant innovation, such as the Dash Button and Alexa capabilities; the continued focus on convenient innovative delivery solutions and increasing click and collect options; strong usage of valuable consumer data; as well as its focus on private label and cost reductions.

Online marketplaces achieve strong growth

Consumers are increasingly comfortable buying from online marketplaces, thanks to the offer of effective refund systems for undelivered or low-quality goods from the leading players. The most popular online marketplaces are Amazon.

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Internet Retailing in the United Kingdom - Category analysis

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Once online-only players explore opportunities in the physical retailing space
“Buy now, pay later” to gain further ground
Technological innovation – key for future success

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Amazon maintains its lead
Constant innovation by Amazon will ensure its growth
Online marketplaces achieve strong growth

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Internet Retailing by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 2 Internet Retailing by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Internet Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 4 Internet Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 5 Internet Retailing Forecasts by Category: Value 2018-2023
Table 6 Internet Retailing Forecasts by Category: % Value Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in the United Kingdom - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Tough trading hits non-grocery retailers
The dynamism of grocery retailing
Automation: the next stage of omnichannel retailing
Is chemists/pharmacies the next casualty of the high street?
Internet retailing is set to mature, with Amazon strengthening its position

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type 2018
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Valentine's Day
Mothering Sunday
Easter
Back to school
Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Cyber Weekend
Christmas
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 7 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 8 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 9 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 10 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 11 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 12 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 14 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 16 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 18 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 20 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 22 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 26 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 28 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 30 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 32 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 34 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 35 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 36 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 37 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 38 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 39 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 40 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 41 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 42 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 43 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 44 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 45 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 46 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 47 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 48 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 49 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 50 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 51 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 52 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 53 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 54 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 55 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 56 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 57 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 58 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 61 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 67 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 73 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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