The FMCG industry in India has seen a remarkable transformation over the last two decades. This has been facilitated by rising income levels, urbanisation and changing consumer behavior. The general industry sentiment is positive and optimistic post demonetisation and GST implementation with large players set to gain. The rural consumption has superseded industry expectation with size of modern retail is estimated to grow 3 times in the next 5 years. A significant change in lifestyle choices as well as substantial increase in disposable income has fuelled this growth.
Nonetheless, the changing market dynamics bring with it an array of products that compete for customer loyalty and attention. Here is a look at the trends for the FMCG market in 2020.
Increasing smartphone and Internet penetration will help people in the rural areas easily access online shopping on various e-commerce websites. Availability of easy mobile payment options has led to increase in the number of orders from Tier II & III cities which enables people to get timely delivery at their doorstep.
Multiple Channels of Trade
Multiple channels of trade is helping users make purchases through platforms on which they spend a lot of time like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. This has led to a more interactive overall shopping experience as users get the best of both entertainment and shopping. Other than these traditional portals like Flipkart, Amazon as well as supermarket apps like Grofers and Big basket are also popular.
D2C is a popular business model which allows buyers to get goods directly from the seller/manufacturers without the help of any middlemen. Several e- commerce websites are set for this purpose whichhelps buyers save money as well as time.
Users today can interact with other people who have bought the same product and talk at length about it. A lot of brands are devising marketing strategies to build brand community where they are target people who are interested in their products as well as have similar social, political and cultural factors. This make interaction a bit more personal than it is with customer care representatives.
Big foreign brands have left no stone unturned to enter the Indian market as they have seen the huge demand for their products. This has forced local as well as domestic manufacturers to up their game and provide cheaper alternatives while not compromising on quality to off er the same sense of pride that owing a foreign product provides.
Consumer behavior is something that has no permanent pattern as it keeps on changing. However, there are a few patterns which have been present for a long time bringing to our attention, how the consumers usually spend their money.
After analysing past consumer data as well as the latest one we came across these trends of consumer behavior which will be prevalent throughout 2020. One of them is consumers buying family packs and combo offers as it saves them n extra trip to the grocery store. Other common instances of consumer behavior are:
> Rise in demand of ready to eat snacks
> wellness products mostly organic and premium quality products
In order to keep up with these trends every FMCG company must be proactive in taking these steps which ensure brand building and longevity in the market.
Building Strategy Around Consumer Preference
It is very important to devise brand strategy around consumer preference as the consumers today are very informed and patient when it comes to product decision making. Users these days check the ingredients of the product they are purchasing as well as its carbon footprint and health benefits.
Attractive merchandising is paramount when it comes to sale and purchase of products. In this highly visual world consumers only go for what they like upon seeing. Once your product has caught their eye they will certainly try it and if they like it they will go for it again so make sure the packaging on display is impeccable.
Optimising Marketing Efforts
An adequate digital strategy is needed to target customers who have performed a search for products that your brand offers. With so much data available it is imperative to hire a team for analyzing the current market demand for your products and then generate authentic leads to convert them into sales.
Market Intelligence & Consumer Insights
Any brand or company cannot stay in the market for long if it has not done a thorough research of the same. A company who is aware of the prevalent pattern will mostly make decision in its benefits than otherwise. This will save them a lot of money as they will be able to get the right number of products out in the market for direct consumption especially if the shelf life of their products is not long. Organising consumer insights into data points help companies predict the future consumer pattern and soar above their competitors.