2019: The sharing economy is on the rise, particularly for transportation.
2020: Ownership is king; no one wants to share.
2019: Tariffs are causing companies to rethink their supply chains.
2020: Pandemic closures and trade restrictions are accelerating that trend.
2019: Innovation happens among smaller, more nimble companies.
2020: The big get bigger, as they are the ones with resources to ride the recession out, purchase from troubled competitors, or finance R&D operations.
2019: Online grocery shopping is a niche.
2020: Online ordering and curbside pick-up are considered necessary parts of doing business.
2019: One-day or same-day delivery is expected for e-commerce orders.
2020: Deliveries of non-necessities might take a week or more.
2019: Single-use plastic bags are out; they generate a lot of waste and are a litter problem.
2020: Single-use plastic bags are in; they are seen as more hygienic than reusable bags, which are brought from home and rarely cleaned.
For more information, see The Freedonia Group’s coverage of global e-commerce, retail bags, packaging industry, machinery and equipment, as well as our sister publisher Packaged Facts’ reports on Online Grocery Shopping, The Amazon Food Shopper, Amazon Strategies and the Amazon Shopper, and Global Food E-Commerce. Freedonia Custom Research is also available for questions requiring tailored market intelligence.