A new study reveals that one in four Food Services and Food Retailers now view their companies as tech-forward early adopters, up from one in eight prior to the pandemic.
Panasonic, yes THAT Panasonic just released the results of its industry survey as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed Food Services and Food Retail businesses. The new study reveals that one in four Food Services and Food Retailers now view their companies as tech-forward early adopters, up from one in eight prior to the pandemic. This research is a follow up to an earlier study conducted by Panasonic in late 2019 shortly before the coronavirus outbreak in association with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. That survey found that more than half of Food Services and Food Retail executives believed that transformational technologies enabled them to attain a significant competitive advantage. "Undoubtedly, the food services and food retail industry saw many challenges this year. At the same time, many operations from grocery and convenience stores to restaurants, were able to transform in real-time to quickly meet consumers' needs," said Lauren Sallata, Chief Marketing Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America. "Agility has become essential to business success, and digital technology adoption the major enabler. The urgency to advance health and safety and consumer convenience is fast-tracking innovation to organizational business models in the industry." Here are some key findings of the survey released on December 9, 2020:
The 150 survey respondents, of which there were 47 grocers, 14 c-stores, 28 QSR restaurants, 28 fast casual restaurant, 27 full service restaurants and 6 corporate/institutional feeders, believe many of these behavior shifts propelled by the pandemic will last for at least the next 12 months or more. The survey points out that with consumers motivated by a new set of priorities – such as safety, self-service and preferred delivery methods – businesses must rethink the way they do business and experiment with new ways to meet changing demands.