An ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research in the USA shows that shoppers seem to be keeping their private label shopping habits consistent with last year. Some shopper segments appear to be increasing their acceptance of private label with more than a third of shoppers still saying that they are buying more private-label brands than last year. Of that group, one in three shoppers say they will probably buy even more in the future.
While more than half of shoppers (54 percent) named quality as their top priority when shopping for everyday products, less than a third said that name brands are better quality or more reliable than private label. However, 56 percent of shoppers have the perception that name brand packaging is more attractive than private label.
“Shoppers realize that name brands no longer guarantee better quality and there is a significant decline in the gap between private label and brand name over the past few years. When it comes to differentiating the product itself, packaging might be the only thing left for name brands to stand out. Packaging affects shoppers’ perceptions of the product and influences their decision. It’s an area where name-brands have a competitive edge,” said Craig Elston, senior vice president, Insight & Strategy at The Integer Group.
Additional findings in the Private Label edition of The Checkout include:
- Only 29 percent of the survey’s respondents feel strongly that national brands are of better quality, down from 36 percent last year and 43 percent in 2010
- When asked what types of private label household goods shoppers are okay buying, 66 percent of respondents listed over-the-counter medicine at the top of the list with milk as a close second with 61 percent
- The least purchased private label category in the study is pet food, with only 18 percent of shoppers saying they would be okay purchasing this as private label
- 45 percent of shoppers believe that name brands have more new products, variety and innovations than private label brands
Data for The Checkout comes from a national survey conducted by Integer and M/A/R/C where consumers are asked about their shopping attitudes, shopping behaviors, and economic outlook. Topics range from criteria shoppers use to select retailers, to which in-store stimulus is most likely to drive purchase, to factors that might lead shoppers to leave an aisle empty-handed. The Checkout is available for download at Integer’s blog ShopperCulture.com.
About The Integer Group
The Integer Group (www.integer.com) is one of the world’s largest promotional, retail, and shopper marketing agencies, and a key member of Omnicom Group Inc. Integer lives at the Intersection of Branding and Selling® and creates strategic marketing solutions for clients in categories that include retail, beverage, packaged goods, telecommunications, home and shelter, automotive aftermarket, and power sports. Integer has more than 1,200 employees working in USA locations as well as international offices in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America. Join the conversation on shopping culture and brand strategy at www.shopperculture.com.