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How Different Businesses Are Affected By The Pandemic

By Special Guest
Boris Dzhingarov
October 14, 2020



As soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus outbreak was a pandemic, it became clear that businesses will be affected. This is because we are talking about an unexpected event that affects the behavior of the customer.

Fortunately for some businesses, the pandemic did not affect them that much. Unfortunately for others, they ended up bankrupt. Basically, businesses were affected based on how much risk customers would be faced with when using their services or buying their products.

Brick And Mortar Businesses

Businesses that relied on face-to-face interaction with customers in brick and mortar locations were hit very hard as lockdown was enforced literally all around the world, in every single country affected. In an attempt to strategize and learn how to deal with the pandemic, governments tried to force people in their home. As a result, almost all stores were closed.

As regulations were put in place, brick and mortar stores started to re-open. This did help deal with the effects of the pandemic. While sales are surely lower, most local stores can survive when proper management is in place

Service Providers

When it comes to service providers, the ones that were really affected were those that had to interact with people. Businesses offering outdoor-related services, like Summit Systems, which offers roofing and gutter servicing, were not that affected because of the lack of direct interaction with clients when the job is done.

Emergency services were still active so businesses that had such options available managed to stay afloat. For instance, plumbers did get jobs from time to time because plumbing emergencies cannot be controlled by us and they happen from time to time.

Online Businesses

Online businesses were also impacted by the pandemic. In fact, this was possible at many different levels, ranging from supply chains that were stopped so the sites could not deliver products to customers not wanting to make purchases because they were trying to save money.

Fortunately though, most of the online businesses, including those that are eCommerce based, quickly reacted and made the necessary modifications to service customers. As a result, most of them in some industries, like fashion, actually increased their sales. Even hypermarkets started to focus on delivery during pandemic months.

Healthcare

Last but not least, we have to highlight that the coronavirus pandemic did affect the healthcare sector. Many hospitals from around the world were overwhelmed by the number of patients they had to service and people decided not to go for regular yearly or monthly treatments, like going to a dentist for cleanings.

Some medications were more sold than others and stocks went out fast for some of them. What happened with toilet paper and we all know about it also happened with some drugs.

On the whole, we can say that different businesses were more affected by others but all industries are adapting. It is expected that a new wave will hit during winter but by that time, most companies will have practices in place to deal with it.


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