The era of covid-19 become a challenge for the world to survive. Almost every government of the world introduces the new smart lockdown or complete lockdown to prevent this virus from the spread. Our daily routine comes to a halt as the physical mobility of humans is the core reason for covid-19 spread. The economy of the world would be destroyed if online shopping during pandemic were not introduced before.
Digitalization Of Economy.
For the past 5 years, Pakistan is trying to digitize its economy but it was not getting much positive response. During the lockdown or the pandemic era, 60% of shopping done in Pakistan was online. In fact, people still doing online shopping as the threat of covid-19 is not over completely.
Authenticity Should Not Be Compromised.
The only reason people are not preferring online shopping is the authenticity of the product. It has been seen that many time we don’t get what we actually ordered. There may be two reason for that
- Maybe the effect of pictures in which the product is looking s good but originally it’s not.
- It is possible that the product encounters damage during delivery.
But the owners of the online shopping start-ups should consider these point in mind and should make proper arrangements for the delivery of the product.
Online Shopping During Pandemic.
One of the Pakistan’s largest online shopping organization Daraz.pk experience a boost in their sales graph during pandemic.
We have received an overwhelming response, our data shows that online orders have grown by nine times, since March.Muhammad Ammar Hassan, chief marketing officer at Daraz.pk
The economy head of the country said in an interview:
“When the consumers started using technological platforms for the payment during the pandemic, they realized that it is an easy and secured way of making transactions, The fear related to the use of technology has subsided now and consumers are more familiar with it.”Syed Ibn e Hassan, vice president of National Bank of Pakistan.
The trend is shifting towards online shopping during Covid-19.
It has been seen that the decrease in sales at brick-n-mortar organizations alarms all the owners to shift their business towards online shopping during pandemics. The challenge in shifting brick-n-mortar to click-n-mortar is to cope with the high demand for the product along with the delivery arrangements.
In the survey conducted by financial giant visa on the mode of payment during the pandemic, the result concluded that 55% of the people are willing to used cards for payment rather than cash on delivery. Considering COD the possible reason for the spread of Coronavirus.
Is Receiving Online Order Safe?
While the world is moving towards an online mode of shopping. The biggest concern here comes that “is receiving online order safe for us?”.
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low. And the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”World Health Organization.
Medical experts found that the covid-19 virus can live on the surface only for three hours up to three days. So, it’s unlikely to get infected by this virus via receiving online orders. Usually, the order takes 4 to 6 days in delivery, so the chance of getting the infection is very low.
As people have embraced social distancing as a way to slow the spread of the pandemic. There has naturally been a drop-off in brick-and-mortar shopping. That would seem to mean there would likely be an increase in online shopping as people turn to e-commerce to purchase the items they might have otherwise purchased in person.
Future of online shopping in Pakistan.
The way forward.
You people have seen how online shopping during a pandemic is boosting the economy of Pakistan. Along with this, this online shopping is also creating thousands of jobs for the riders and encouraging. The amazing discount deals and the ease of getting them online is the core reason which compelled us to shop online.
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