Grocery sales in the UK are dominated by the “big four” – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons. A Statista report on these Grocery Giants as of May 2022 indicates that Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda own approximately 27%, 15%, and 13% market share of grocery stores in the UK. Whereas Ocado and Symbols & Independent have the lowest market share, 1.8% each.
However, the grocery delivery market is seeing a major shift because of new-age Quick Commerce companies that have swooped into the already crowded grocery space offering super-speedy home delivery! These new entrants added to the already competitive Grocery market & price wars intensified. Customers today rely on ultra-fast delivery services for their grocery requirements. For example, Berlin-based Gorillas charges £1.80 to deliver anything from a £7 pizza to a 30p apple — with no minimum order value.
Investors funded over £5B in grocery delivery apps such as Getir, Gorillas, Zapp, Fancy, Dija, Weezy, Jiffy, and Beelivery, in the UK. These rapid grocery delivery apps offer shorter delivery times, as low as 10 minutes, along with deep discounts to attract customers. For example, Gorillas, Weezy, and Getir all claim a 10-minute delivery time and offer promotional codes for the first couple of orders. Customers also get discounts for inviting friends and family.
To get more insight into the Grocery space in the UK, we tracked 5 Grocery retailers & Q-Commerce companies to try and understand trends wrt pricing in this competitive environment. Let’s take a look at what our data found & which retailer won the competitive pricing tug of war.
We wanted to track and see which retailer was the Price Leader – i.e., had the most number of lower-priced items in a particular category. Our data clearly showed that the Grocery Giants Ocado & Tesco won hands down! Interestingly, Ocado launched a new Ad Campaign earlier in Jan this year about bringing value to the table for customers with quality products at affordable prices – seems like they’re taking this new promise very seriously!
The Guardian reports that Grocery inflation has hit a 13-year high in the UK, and food price rises could hit 15% by this summer – the highest level in more than 20 years. Meats, cereals, dairy, fruit & vegetables are likely to be the worst affected. Keeping this in mind, we tracked the Price Index (PI) across these 5 retailers to measure how prices changed over a 6 month period from Jan – June 2022.
Note: Retailers selling at the 100% mark were selling at an optimal price & did not undercut the market. The pricing sweet spot is 95% – 105%. Anything lower would compromise margins, and higher would mean the retailer was not competitive.
Competitive pricing is critical to winning the eCommerce race. Competitive pricing involves tracking your competitor’s pricing & strategically tweaking your own prices without hurting margins. We tracked the month-wise average Price change from Jan – June across all 5 retailers to see which retailer was making price changes and at what frequency.
Although customer acquisition starts with building awareness, discounts are a proven way to attract customers quickly. When approached with the right strategy, promotional discounts can promote long-term customer loyalty, drive customer acquisition, and improve customer lifetime value. However, deep discounting can risk margins and create more problems than benefits. We wanted an insight into discounting trends in the Grocery space, so we looked at our data. Here’s what we saw:
We went & looked back at the Price Index earlier in this blog, we noticed that Gorillas had a low price index overall, with most products priced at a 90%, way below other retailers. Perhaps this already lower price is why they’re offered very few discounts?
The UK grocery delivery market saw a huge rise in new retailers who are currently fighting for better discounts, competitive prices, and quick delivery. Although Tesco and Ocado were the price leaders in our findings, new players like Gorillas, Weezy, and Getir are attracting customers with quicker delivery times and low delivery costs.
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