“During this extraordinarily stressful time, we are pleased to share data from our Buyer Intelligence Database to demonstrate how buying trends and shoppers’ behavior have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are using this information to advise our retail and CPG customers on how best to manage their marketing and supply chain decisions during the crisis, and to better prepare them for when the country and the world emerge from it,” said Marta Cyhan, Catalina Chief Marketing Officer.
For the week ending March 28, 2020 – and for the second week in a row — shoppers continued making fewer trips to grocery and drug stores nationwide — while spending more per visit — compared to the week ending March 14 and to the same period in 2019, according to Catalina. Total sales dollars per store continued to be up an average of 13% versus the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, the number of shopping trips declined by 13% compared to the same period in 2019, even as the amount spent per visit increased by 31% over the prior year
Top-Selling Categories Nationwide: Flour, Baking Mixes & Household Cleaning Products
With an estimated three out of four Americans now sheltering in place, the top 3 categories with the greatest increase in sales on a percentage basis show that people’s interest in baking continues to surge, with flour sales up 154% and baking mix sales up 99% over the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, people’s efforts to keep their homes free of the virus led to a 102% increase in sales of household cleaning products last week versus the prior year. Among the categories experiencing the greatest declines nationally were greeting cards (down 54%), chewing gum (down 41%) and beauty aids (down 36%) vs. a year ago.