Digital adoption has raced forward, by necessity. COVID has increased the centrality of the home and redefined the things that one does from home: eCommerce, grocery shopping, work, entertainment, fitness, restaurant food delivery, healthcare delivery.
Additionally, the drivers of preference are different for next-gen consumers who prioritize frugality, social impact and sustainability. Disruptive innovation typically spurts forward in times of crisis because innovations tend to do better on a “clean slate” basis. How consumers exit the crisis will be less about legacy decisions carried forward than the new things tried and preferred.
What we’re watching:
- Big Tech Strategic Developments
- Under-Penetrated eCommerce Verticals
- Category Consolidation
- Reopening Physical Store Productivity
- Cowen Consumer Tracker
- Customer Acquisition & Engagement
- Improving Digital Unit Economics
The crisis is a catalyst for innovation as we forecast consumers will accelerate adoption of Re-Commerce & online grocery as they pivot toward value and blend digital & physical interactions.
Oliver Chen, Retail’s Modernization Imperative