Central England Co-op has publishes new research about how shopping habits changed for its customers during lockdown.
Using data taken from sales in its stores since the pandemic began, the retailer, which has more than 260 sites across 16 counties, revealed that its findings showcased how covid-19 impacted what people put in their baskets while out getting food and essentials.
The research showed:
> Pub closures generated a big increase in sales for beers, wines and spirits – so much so that sales were higher than ever recorded, even larger than at Christmas
> The biggest spike in single sales was related to hand sanitiser and toilet roll – mainly at the start of lockdown
> People having more time at home saw six weeks supply of garden plants sell out in two days
> Stockpiling also resulted in major increases in long-life, frozen and fresh products
> One area that showed a surprise rise in sales was protein, with research suggesting that it is because men are shopping more during the pandemic
> Average basket size also increased dramatically, mainly due to the fact that many people swapped a weekly big shop for regular visits to convenience retail sites.
Marta Foley, customer analytics manager, said: “These findings truly showcase how we all changed the way we shopped for food and essentials during lockdown.
“Some elements will not come as much of a surprise but other elements have revealed the extent of the uncertain times that we now live in.
“While we expect some lockdown behaviours to slowly come to an end, there are also many others that will stay, an important one being people being able to shop locally in a safe way and with a retailer which makes a difference in the local community.”
Other trends identified during lockdown included:
> 34% of all adults say that doing exercise has become a higher priority
> 31% of adults say that eating healthily has become a higher priority since the start of the outbreak
> 67% of consumers value experiences more than material possessions, a much higher score than pre-pandemic.