The coronavirus crisis will change the world of commerce

16 April, 2020

President Trump in the United States of America announced this April 13 of 2020, the status of “National Disaster” that applies when a problem is out of government control of its most immediate response resources, reaching 23,073 deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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President Trump says the American Economy will Skyrocket once Stay-at-home orders and other restrictions are lifted but economist say activity is likely to remain subdued amid worries about the virus.

Most bosses and workers have been through economic crises before. They know that each time the agony is different—and that each time entrepreneurs and firms adapt and bounce back. Even so, the shock ripping through the business world is full of new challenges. With countries accounting for over 50% of world gdp in lockdown, the collapse in commercial activity is far more severe than in previous recessions. The exit path from lockdowns will be precarious, with uneasy consumers, a stop-start rhythm that inhibits efficiency, and tricky new health protocols. And in the long run the firms that survive will have to master a new environment as the crisis and the response to it accelerate three trends: an energising adoption of new technologies, an inevitable retreat from freewheeling global supply chains and a worrying rise in well-connected oligopolies.

Many firms are putting a brave face on it. Pumped with adrenalin, bosses are broadcasting rousing messages to their staff. Normally ruthless corporate giants are signing up for public service. LVMH, the Parisian purveyor of Dior perfume, is distilling hand-sanitiser, General Motors wants to make ventilators as well as pickups, and Alibaba’s founder is distributing masks worldwide. Cut-throat rivals in the retail trade are co-operating to ensure supermarkets are stocked. Few listed firms have made public their calculations of the financial damage from the freeze in business. As a result, Wall Street analysts expect only a slight dip in profits in 2020.

Source: IT Capital

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