That COVID-19 has shaken the world and disrupted business-as-usual is no secret. You only need to look at the stock markets around the world, there are more down arrows than up ones, even the oil barrel prices are at a 20-year low.
Certainly, the world can’t wait for things to go back to the pre-coronavirus era. However, there is no saying if the world will ever get back to what it was before the outbreak of the pandemic. Perhaps things will get much better, with governments across the world having seen things go south, they might put in place better social movements to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Work from Home must be met by e-Commerce
In the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with governments in countries affected by the virus, have issued a directive for companies to allow their employees work from home.
A move aimed at stopping new infections and hopefully the chart for infection plateau or dip downwards. Hence, business has not been as usual in many countries where there have been reported cases of infection and deaths from the virus.
As more and more companies are forced to embrace the work from home workforce model. It is becoming increasingly obvious how much beneficial the model could become not just to the companies, but the society in general. For the companies that includes:
- Less expenditure on office spaces to accommodate all the stuff
- Less time wasted by employees on commuting to/from work, and that time put towards execution of their work
For the society, the accruing benefits are multiple. Ranging from reduction of pollution from all the vehicles transporting employees to and from work. There is also reduction in traffic jams in big cities, as fewer cars are on the road at any given time.
e-Commerce for the Informal Sector in Developing Countries
The work from home model can mainly be executed in the developed world with advanced ICT infrastructure. Infrastructure such as fast and reliable internet connection, affordable electricity, and electronic devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
For most developing countries, the ICT infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired. Access is only restricted to the affluent parts of urban neighborhoods, with rural and poor neighborhoods being underserved.
So you can see why the work from home model can not exactly pan out like other companies in the developed countries. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
CompuLynx launches free e-Commerce platform on 3-months Free Trial
CompuLynx has launched an e-commerce platform to help small businesses wishing to take up online business model, but lack the funds and infrastructure to go at it alone. The retailer-branded online marketplace will enable small businesses to list their products, and have them delivered to customers without the need for a brick-and-mortar shop.
CompuLynx’s NEXX E-commerce platform is currently available to all retailers at zero cost for a three-months trial period. Retailers have no obligation to continue with a subscription plan after the lapse of the three months.
CompuLynx is an integrated payment solutions and retail software developer operating in East Africa and the United Arab Emirates serving about 400 companies across 36 countries.