Executive Summary

Jan 2019
PROSPECTS
Uncertainty surrounding future of SNAP benefits continues to simmer

Independent small grocers is a key component of traditional grocery retailers in the US, especially in larger US cities, where these stores – sometimes referred to as “bodegas” – are incredibly important to lower-income consumers. Many of these individuals live in so-called “food deserts” – that is, areas without easy access to a supermarket or hypermarket – and so often rely on independent small grocers for their grocery needs.

Drinks specialists help drive growth of traditional grocery retailers

Drinks specialists – retail outlets with a primary focus on selling beer, wine and spirits – are included in Euromonitor International’s definition of traditional grocery retailers. Not only did these stores remain the most significant distribution channel for alcoholic drinks in the US in 2018, they also continued to post yearly value sales growth, despite the ongoing trend of consumers heading to modern grocery retailers (such as hypermarkets) to purchase alcohol.

Mounting regulatory scrutiny on vapour products a growing concern

Traditional grocery retailers continued to be one of the leading channels for tobacco sales in the US, but the product mix in this category has changed significantly. Although volume sales of cigarettes continued to decline over the review period, retail sales of vapour products surged.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
Specialisation works to traditional grocery retailers’ benefit

As hypermarkets and internet retailing continued to gain share within the grocery space by endeavouring to provide the widest selection of products to consumers, many traditional grocery retailers have taken the opposite approach. Many players in traditional grocery retailers in the US – dominated by independents – have instead found success in specialisation.

Variety stores competes for traditional grocery retailers’ customers

Although traditional grocery retailers and variety stores have long co-existed in many areas of the US, the tendency for the former to focus specifically on food has allowed the channel to stand apart from variety stores in most consumers’ minds, with the latter perceived as a sales channel for general merchandise. However, fixed-price stores have started to encroach upon traditional grocery retailers’ environment, with leading chains such as Dollar General and Dollar Tree aggressively expanding their selections of groceries.

Rise of internet retailing presents a long-term challenge

Grocery retailers has long been thought of as being more protected from the impact of internet retailing than most other retail channels in the US, chiefly by virtue of the additional expense and effort needed to deliver refrigerated and frozen food items (as opposed to shelf stable items) directly to consumers. However, 2018 witnessed food and drink internet retailing value sales surge over the course of the year.

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HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Uncertainty surrounding future of SNAP benefits continues to simmer
Drinks specialists help drive growth of traditional grocery retailers
Mounting regulatory scrutiny on vapour products a growing concern

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Specialisation works to traditional grocery retailers’ benefit
Variety stores competes for traditional grocery retailers’ customers
Rise of internet retailing presents a long-term challenge

CHANNEL DATA

Table 1 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 2 Traditional Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 3 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 6 Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 7 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 8 Traditional Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 9 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 10 Forecast Sales in Traditional Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 11 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 12 Forecast Traditional Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

Retailing in the US - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Soaring consumer confidence propels US retailing sales upwards in 2018
Retailers leverage the scale of store-based networks to boost digital sales
Growth in US suburbs and exurbs defies the global urbanisation trend
Sears teeters on the brink of liquidation
Competition emerges from unexpected retail channels

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Informal retailing
Opening hours
Summary 1 Standard Opening Hours by Channel Type
Physical retail landscape
Cash and carry
Seasonality
Christmas
Back to school
Christmas in July
Mother’s Day
Payments and delivery
Emerging business models

MARKET DATA

Table 13 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2013-2018
Table 14 Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 15 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 17 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 18 Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 22 Grocery Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 26 Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 28 Non-Grocery Specialists: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 29 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 30 Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 31 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 32 Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 33 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2013-2018
Table 34 Mixed Retailers: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2013-2018
Table 35 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2013-2018
Table 36 Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 37 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2013-2018
Table 38 Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2013-2018
Table 39 Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 40 Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 41 Store-based Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 42 Store-based Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 43 Store-based Retailing LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 44 Non-Store Retailing GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 45 Non-Store Retailing GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 46 Grocery Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 47 Grocery Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 48 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 49 Grocery Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 50 Non-Grocery Specialists GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 51 Non-Grocery Specialists GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 52 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 53 Non-Grocery Specialists LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 54 Mixed Retailers GBO Company Shares: % Value 2014-2018
Table 55 Mixed Retailers GBN Brand Shares: % Value 2015-2018
Table 56 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Outlets 2015-2018
Table 57 Mixed Retailers LBN Brand Shares: Selling Space 2015-2018
Table 58 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: Value 2018-2023
Table 59 Forecast Sales in Retailing by Store-based vs Non-Store: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales in Store-based Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Store-based Retailing Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Store-Based Retailing Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 64 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 65 Forecast Sales in Non-Store Retailing by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 66 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 67 Grocery Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 68 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 69 Forecast Sales in Grocery Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 70 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 71 Forecast Grocery Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 72 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 73 Non-Grocery Specialists Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 74 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales in Non-Grocery Specialists by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Non-Grocery Specialists Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023
Table 78 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space 2018-2023
Table 79 Mixed Retailers Forecasts: Value Sales, Outlets and Selling Space: % Growth 2018-2023
Table 80 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: Value 2018-2023
Table 81 Forecast Sales in Mixed Retailers by Channel: % Value Growth 2018-2023
Table 82 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: Units 2018-2023
Table 83 Forecast Mixed Retailers Outlets by Channel: % Unit Growth 2018-2023

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