As we all know the day this global pandemic hit many lives were changed all over the world. The normal days we were once accustomed to never looked the same. COVID-19 has impacted all of us massively and some industries have suffered more than others. With the increase in cases by the hour, the society was forced to either pause or shut down completely.
The businesses to suffer the most were either small or dependent on in-person interactions. However, the most beneficial businesses at the time were the industries based on an online presence. While some businesses happened to be successfully recession-proof and managed to shift their operations to cater to their customer’s needs.
We’ve seen many new changes come our way, but some things either remained constant or got a major boost that changed the way we can now perform our daily tasks. Below are a few businesses and services that have thrived during COVID-19:
Even in the most glorious time of the year, the pandemic has continued to linger on till the holiday season and have a massive impact on ecommerce and the way consumers are shopping this year.
If there’s one thing that changed for the better, it would have to be the boom in our internet ventures. Ecommerce businesses have seen rapid growth, and are expected to grow 20% more by the end of 2020, while physical stores are to decline by over 60%.
The social media marketing war is on and is at the peak of a competitive online battle. Businesses have started to market themselves more and target a greater audience with their convenient services that cater to the needs and demands of today. Along with this, the pandemic has helped to refine the type of products or services consumers are interested in, businesses are now able to narrow down and target the essentials more easily.
Lastly, the way each individual has responded to the time of crisis has varied massively. As the news of COVID-19 was declared, some people responded by excessively stocking up on items of their need to the point where both online and physical stores were struggling to match the level of demand, and thus the prices skyrocketed. And as a majority of the crowd would see a deficiency in the essential products, they would decide to stock up even more regardless of whether or not they truly needed it.
Engine conducted a survey that proves people are spending about 10-30% more online.
In an uncertain world with an ongoing global pandemic and one wave after the other, if there’s one thing that was severely affected that would be the production and demand of the supply chain as there is a limited amount of manufacturing units to execute this process. This led to a dramatic change in the demand for software’s that would assist in managing the tasks.
An ERP software helps manage the supply chain and keeps a check on the manufacturing and management of the resources. Some ERP software solutions have a mobile version and an added advantage of a mobile interface integrated. Along with which they have an added benefit of a GST integration.
There’s social distancing and lockdown in place, yet the majority of the workload will be expected to work whilst maintaining social distancing. This is where the ERP software hops in. not only will it help in major supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics – but it also effortlessly keeps track of the work getting done on time efficiently.
Given our current global state, many new ecommerce set-ups will be headed our way. With ERP software to help you set up ecommerce, and be carefree and assured of the payment gateway setup, tax compliance, and invoicing.
In a post COVID-19 world, the demand for web designers with a decent set of skills to help clients with a new website or redesigning an existing one, has increased significantly. What can’t be ignored at this point is the increase in internet usage these days which is up by 70%!
New shops are opening up and the existing ones are fighting for their spot as they mold their businesses to fit the new normal in isolation. Whilst people rely on an online ecommerce shopping experience to keep them safe, employers are constantly on the lookout for ways to attract more consumers every minute with the help from some creative web designers.
It’s important to remember the factors that are influencing the increase in demand for online services and products, whilst keeping in mind what is demanded from the web design agencies and how to efficiently carry out those tasks. As the designers who possess skills like coding and cybersecurity tend to be of greater value. They can help the online shopping platforms to meet requirements of today like customer services and relationship management.
Some Changes Won’t Go Easy
It’s safe to say that our whole world is shifting as we know it. With this we are looking forward to watching the shift in our online activities become better with each day, but by the looks of it the changes made are here to stay. Survey results suggest the activities online will outlast COVID-19 as they take over the market seamlessly. And as most businesses respond to this change quite effortlessly, they will continue to provide and perfect products and online services to cater to essential needs in the future.
Asad Ali is a professional SEO expert with 5 years’ experience. He is currently working with a Dubai based company Go-Gulf.