You might have noticed the aisles at the supermarket being a little more congested lately. According to a survey by The Feedback Group, the easing of restrictions surrounding the pandemic has led to more shoppers entering the grocery stores this summer. Over four times as many people plan to shop in-store this year versus shopping less. Store Manager Alex Stooda from Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg says he has noticed a trend with more of his customers returning to in-store shopping.
Stodola adds that online shoppers continue to use digital ordering to save time and effort to get more basic foods. He notes that many of his older customers are looking to get back out and into the community to socially interact since grocery shopping was one of their few outlets of seeing people. The Grocery Shopper Intention Monitor survey released last week showed that 40 percent of consumers plan on shopping more at a grocery store in the next year, compared with only nine percent who said they would shop less at brick-and-mortar locations.