How Moms Will Shop In Post-Pandemic Retail World

As states begin to reopen the economy and allow retailers to welcome customers back, will moms be rushing out to flex their spending power? We surveyed over 500 mothers from across America about their anticipated post-pandemic shopping behaviors.  Here’s a summary that may be helpful as your brand plans to lure mom consumers back into your stores. 

Moms will trust retailers to adhere to safety guidelines — but they'll want want a little more to help them feel safe. Most moms agree that they will cautiously resume shopping in physical retailers. Many suggested that they will be more motivated to step inside stores if retailer offers additional modifications to ensure the safety of their customers. Extended hours and wider aisles to control crowds were among the top suggestions. 

She’s leaving her family at home.  Overwhelmingly, moms told us that they’re likely not to shop with children in order to limit their exposure to unhealthy shoppers. At first glance, this insight may not seem relevant to retailers until we remind brands that moms typically purchase more when their kids are in tow.  



For apparel brands, this is particularly relevant, because moms are more likely to purchase children's clothing when kids can try on sizes and approve of Mom's choices. Even with liberal return policies, the last thing moms want to do is make another trip to a store just to return a product that doesn’t fit. 

She’s likely to skip over spring merchandise and go straight to summer trends.  Let’s face it, stores are filled with racks of unsold spring fashions and merchandise that brands are hoping to move.  Unfortunately, the majority of moms surveyed said their buying decisions will be focused on summer: bathing suits, comfy sportswear and replacing outgrown shorts and T-shirts.  

There is some silver lining in the research for apparel retailers, however. Moms say they will take advantage of deep discounts on spring trends by buying larger sizes and stockpiling clothes for their children for spring 2021.   Of course, this means brands will have to offer compelling reasons next year for moms to purchase spring 2021 trends over the 2020 stockpile they might have in the closet. 

Spending will be cautious and essential.   Many moms admitted that although they will be tempted to enjoy browsing the racks again, their spending will be limited due to uncertain economic factors. A small portion described their newfound happiness in doing more with less and anticipated reducing their spending as a new way of living. 

As things get back to the new normal, brands must be deliberate in their efforts to attract moms back into their stores. It will require the same innovative thinking you’ve applied to conducting business over the last six weeks.  Think outside of the box, be relevant to your customer and meet her needs where and when she shops.

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  1. Ted Rubin from The Rubin Organization / Return on Relationship, May 4, 2020 at 6:16 p.m.

    Good post Maria, and on-point, especially the last one that I'm at odds with those promoting the gangbusters Q4. Not me, I'm totally with you... "Spending will be cautious and essential." 

    For the most part, I see many understanding (at least for a while) the need to prepare for another potential wave and to be sure to be more prepared next time. And that's in addition to have less disposable income right now. 

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