Nielsen: U.S. grocery shoppers go online to save money

Schaumburg, Ill. -- Consumers focus on savings when they log in to their digital devices to shop for groceries, according to a new study from Nielsen. The top weekly U.S. activities related to grocery shopping on a connected device, ranging from a mobile phone to  tablet, included reading online grocery circulars (62%), looking for coupons online (55%) and browsing a manufacturer’s website for a grocery category (55%).
 
The Nielsen Global Survey of Digital’s Influence on Grocery Shopping also found top monthly U.S. activities included looking for deals (43%) and coupons (43%), followed by price checking/consumer reviews (37%).  The highest ranked daily activities were using digital shopping lists (39%) and looking for deals online (31%).

"Connected consumers and their devices are providing consumer packaged goods makers and retailers with options to differentiate their brands and stay relevant," said Todd Hale, SVP, consumer and shopper insights, Nielsen. "Those who can keep up with what matters most to digital shoppers will be well positioned for the short and long term."

When asked which factors influenced their grocery purchase decisions compared to a year ago, U.S. respondents identified rising food prices (49%), health factors such as heart/cholesterol/weight (28%) and increased transportation costs (28%) as having a “major  impact” on their decisions. Food labeling (25%) and retailer loyalty programs (24%) rounded out the top five U.S. “major impact” categories.