While the coronavirus pandemic has triggered economic problems, cloud providers are still involved, as well as several consumer businesses and their employees. Despite shops closing, e-commerce will still be high – after all, it is cloud focused and people from home change their shops from brick to digital. We have also seen a drastic fluctuation in a lifestyle electronics store.
A recent report:
Every sector has been untouched by COVID-19 for better or worse. We exchange information from growing sectors about how the pandemic is affecting in every edition of our bi-weekly COVID-19 Newsletter. Here is a rundown of what you may have overlooked.
Retail: Worldwide retail revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic are projected to decline by 5.7% this year. Yet online retail sales have risen by 76.7%, with internet revenue up 22.2%-but the average order size has dropped by 54.5%.
Homemade goods: During the pandemic, the demand for handcrafted items such as masks and furniture erupted, resulting in 146 per cent revenue on the Etsy demand.
Foodstuffs. In the pandemic, online grocery continued growth, with online food distribution and pick-up transactions growing by 9% between May and June.
The trip. As a result of COVID-19, sales of wireless travel in the US have essentially stagnated in previous years and are projected to decline by 44.7% by 2020. Most travel industry industries will not rebound from the pandemic until 2022, with most travellers either choosing not to go on holiday at all or to stay at home or in their area.
Motors. Coronavirus has intensified the past threats to the automotive industry, with China’s sales of light vehicles dropping by over 80% due to the pandemic.
COVID-19 and Amazon:
In Q22020, a net sales of $81.2 billion in Amazon was forecasted before COVID-19. Thanks to the pandemic, Amazon spent an extra $4 billion to retain consumers and staff securely and improve distribution by initially keeping critical goods a priority. Yes, the figure of the e-commerce giant for the second half of 2020 hit $88.9 billion with an annual increase of 40%. YOY growth was highly strong for food sales, which grew YOY by 160 percent after Amazon had expanded its food capability in the middle of the pandemic.
In the UK, 35 percent of all online sales during the lockdown period were made by Amazon, with one-fifth of survey respondents saying they now have a higher intent to buy from Amazon post-pandemic. The top three major online shopping drivers for this community of customers were free shipping, quality, and size.
Target and Walmart in Covid-19:
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, big stores of bricks and mortars, including Amazon, Target and Best Buy are closed for Thanksgiving. The holiday cuts come as retailers strive to keep their stores overcrowded and to encourage their workers to have a day off. Retailers have also not confirmed their intentions for the opening of their stores for the other 5 days, but in future, we foresee more announcements.
Walmart became the first major seller to promote Thanksgiving near. Walmart announced in a press release that Walmart employees, deemed key staff at the COVID-19 pandemic, would be closed to express gratitude.
It is the first time that Walmart outlets have been turned down on Thanksgiving since the late 1980s. Six days after Walmart’s launch, Target released a preview of its revised holiday plans, including a countdown to the biggest sale of the year in October to avoid massive queues of shopkeepers – a return to holidays earlier than ever before. The store announced that it would be shared at a later date. Target’s strategy also entails increasing food production on the same day to satisfy the rising demand for holidays. The best buy, Dick’s sporting goods, and Kohl’s are two other stores closing their doors on this Thanksgiving.