Online grocery shopping still niche (but not for much longer)
Like taxes, bills and bad drivers, shopping for groceries is one of life’s inevitabilities. Yet according to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research, less than half (47.4%) of the Australian population actually enjoy grocery shopping. Which begs the question: why aren’t more people sparing themselves the angst of the supermarket and purchasing their groceries online?
Some 12.8 million Australians are their household’s main grocery-buyer, yet only 3.0% of them (389,000 people) do their supermarket shopping via the internet in an average four weeks. However, this is a substantial increase on 2011, when 169,000 grocery buyers were making their supermarket purchases this way.
Meanwhile, the proportion of Aussie grocery-buyers buying alcohol online in any given four weeks is also growing, having almost doubled from 1.6% (or 196,000 people) in 2011 to 3.1% (398,000) as of June 2015.
There is a marked crossover between the two categories, with 14.3% of people who do their supermarket shopping online also purchasing alcohol the same way, and 14.0% of those who buy alcohol online also doing their supermarket shopping over the internet.
Who are these people?
Considering that four out of five Aussie women are their household’s main grocery-buyer, it is no surprise that women (3.8%) are almost twice as likely as men (1.8%) to do their supermarket shopping online. (Men, however, are more likely than women to purchase booze on the internet).
Tellingly, parents with children aged under-16 in the household are much more likely than people from childless households to buy their groceries this way, particularly when the kids are between 0-2 years (8.6 %) and 3-5 (8.5%). After all, young children and supermarkets are not always a match made in heaven…
|Original article by Roy Morgan Research
October 21 2015 Finding No. 6513 Topic: Press Release Country: Australia