Digital Groceries: Despite pushes, only 28% of US consumers bought groceries online in the past 30 days, according to a survey by Critical Mix. Those 25 to 34 were the most inclined to regularly buy groceries online, and children in the household also bumped up frequency; 37% of households with children bought groceries online, compared with 23% of childfree consumers. Amazon and Walmart were cited nearly equally as the most-shopped retailers (37% vs. 36%). The leading reason to shop for food digitally was that it saved time (59%) and the biggest barrier was the desire to select items in person (67%). Seventy-nine percent of current digital grocery buyers expected to increase usage in the future while 36% of non-digital grocery buyers did.
Toy Shopping: Young nostalgists have had a tough time lately. In a survey of millennials by consumer research firm Fuel Cycle, 90% said they bought from Toys 'R' Us as a child, and 54% in the past six months, while 70% used to shop at Claire's and 40% had made a recent purchase. Where will they turn now that both retailers are bankrupt? A majority (55%) said they would buy toys online, 25% would go got another toy chain and 4% to independent retailers. Most (58%) prefer to shop in a brick-and-mortar store. Only 30% preferred to buy online.