With all the buzz around e-commerce, it is easy to envision a doomsday when brick and mortar retail is nonexistent. However, the numbers show that this is not the future in store for the natural and organic products industry.
While internet sales are growing twice as fast as the industry as a whole, at 12.6 percent, the channel only makes up 4 percent of the industry. When you exclude supplements and narrow it down to just the natural, organic and functional food and beverage market, this share shrinks to 2 percent. With growth rates like this, e-commerce is sure to play a larger role in the future of natural products, but at a combined 86 percent market share, brick and mortar still accounts for the bulk of sales.
Retail is changing, and changing rapidly. But change will not be marked as a move from the old model to the new. Instead, a blurring of the lines will continue to unfold as brands and retailers provide consumers with the products and experiences they seek. Learn how retail is changing and how it will affect the emerging and established brands, retailers and consumers in Nutrition Business Journal's Retail Issue.