Climate change and FMCG sales

Climate change in the form of extreme heat, hurricanes, flooding etc. presents an inherent risk to FMCG companies. It disrupts raw material supply and logistics (roads buckling, flights unable to take off and ships tossed about), resulting in price increases. British Retail Consortium and NAACDs published studies that establish that every one degree change in …

Regaining consumer trust – a 2022 focus for many FMCG companies

According to a recent report by Deloitte on the state of the Consumer Goods industry and key imperatives for 2022, increasing transparency helping in regaining consumer trust was top of the list for several companies.Trust and transparency are intrinsically linked. Consumer goods brands that are not open and transparent are at risk of losing consumers’ …

Can a shift in power balance help the FMCG sector?

Years ago, the power balance between manufacturers (suppliers) and retailers was skewed towards the former, but with consolidation in retail and the formation of large players like Tesco & Walmart, the power balance favours retail currently. Imbalance driven by low fragmentation in the sector In the UK, the large grocers/supermarket chains (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and …

12+ months after Covid fuelled panic buying

More than a year after Covid fuelled stockpiling of necessities and grocery staples, we still see empty supermarket shelves. Many assume this is because of an increased focus on online sales by the large grocers, especially in the US, as evidenced by this article in Insight Grocery Business in March 2021. We’ve also seen similar …

The FMCG industry & data

The fast moving consumer goods industry needs data driven decision making in every function on a daily basis to ensure a sustainable advantage vs competition. However, this industry is very sporadic in its use of data.