Nearly 70% of Center Store Sales Purchased Online Are Being Diverted.

Findings from a poll of 1,000 consumers Grocery Dive (download here) recently conducted with market research firm Inmar Intelligence suggest that the grocery industry faces obstacles as it looks to convert customer relationships built in stores to online — especially where the center store sales that are key to grocers’ bottom lines are concerned.

Three-quarters of survey participants said the center store is “absolutely” or “mostly” relevant to their shopping habits. But just 9% of respondents said they use their local grocery store’s e-commerce service to shop this department, while nearly 70% indicated they turn to Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club, or Costco for their favorite center store staples.

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