Online Grocery: Grocers Meet the Challenge of Digital Demand, but Can They Do It at a Reasonable Cost?

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A Mercator Advisory Group research report assesses major online grocery growth and explores future opportunities for merchants and payments providers.

Published on: May 19, 2021
Author: Raymond Pucci
Alternate Point of Contact: Amy Dunckelmann

Online grocery vertical growth in 2021 poses ample opportunity.

Although online grocery struggled against other online verticals prior to 2020, recent growth shows the vertical is here to stay. As consumers shopped online due to COVID-19, online grocery growth outpaced the rest of the e-commerce segment. Given recent consumer sentiment, Mercator predicts growth will remain strong in the coming years. Grocers were able to match consumer demand by utilizing cost-saving investments and implementing innovative technology to facilitate fulfillment. While consumers expressed the desire to continue shopping online, they also noted pain points with online grocery shopping. Given the new growth in this budding industry, Mercator believes that merchants and payment processors have the ability to gain market share by implementing cost effective fulfillment strategies and facilitating technology-driven payment methods. This research report from Mercator Advisory Group explores the trajectory of the market and the ways in which merchants and payment processors can take advantage of consumer sentiment to cut costs and drive sales.

”The pandemic-driven, stay-at-home lifestyle in 2020 propelled U.S. online grocery sales to record volume as consumers sought ease of ordering, seamless payment, and convenient delivery. As the Great Reopening occurs in 2021, online grocery shopping will remain popular among consumers. Grocery merchants and their payments vendors can benefit from this digital channel opportunity, but must meet the challenges of online order fulfillment,” commented Raymond Pucci, Director, Merchant Services at Mercator Advisory Group, and author of this report.

This report is 17 pages long and has 8 exhibits.

Companies and other organizations mentioned in this report: Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Amazon, Incisiv, Instacart, Kroger, Meijer, Nuro, Ocado, Oxbotica, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Whole Foods.


Highlights of this research report include:

  • Market growth of the vertical
  • Merchant innovations that helped bolster growth
  • Current consumer sentiment
  • Primary data results of growing consumer payment preferences
  • Future outlook of further innovations in the online grocery vertical supply chain payments space

 

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