Soon after the announcement of a complete lockdown in most countries,several online retailers and grocers either shut down their operations temporarily or limited their services. After the lockdown announced in several countries and self imposed quarantine in many homes,there has been significant ups and downs in online shopping services across countries. With the spread the coronavirus rapidly crawling into the skin of humanity across the globe, businesses are most likely to be severely impacted in the near future as government has complete shutdown of malls,shops,etc.
However,in these times of medical pandemic,online businesses across the globe have witnessed some unprecedented shifts as some sectors as some saw a massive surge in demands, while some went upside down.
According to a report by a media advertising agency,sales of daily essentials and electronics such as TVs, laptops, foodstuffs,etc skyrocketed while massive reduction was seen in fashion items,beauty products and travel bookings due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Most online shopping services were discovered to have been badly affected during the lockdown period despite the high demand for goods and services. Most e-commerce companies were finding it difficult to procure passes for their logistics and delivery staff separately for each state across different countries. This process has been seen to be time consuming which has affected online shopping services.
E-commerce platforms have experienced a spike in orders on their platforms due to the lockdown in most countries as people logged online to stock up on food and household products as well as other items. Most e-commerce platforms had their delivery staffs arrested due to the restrictions on public movement. Operations of online shopping malls have been shut down in different countries due to the restrictions imposed on public movement of people and movement of vehicles.
Despite restrictions on movement, essential services such as food items,medicines and household items have been allowed free operations.
Most countries have come to see online shopping services as an essential need during the current lockdown though their personnel still complained to have faced several hurdles which majorly includes restrictions on their movement and police brutality,forcing them to suspend services.
E-commerce platforms have started working with their state government across different countries to ensure smooth passage of supply chain by local law enforcement agencies.
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Thus,most state governments have assured online shopping services that supply chain of essential commodities will not suffer so as to ensure consumers have access to essential goods and services despite strict lockdowns.