Full shelves and empty shopping streets!
In the retail sector, we are somewhat accustomed in terms of chaos. We are no stranger to changing the plan several times a week to respond to the weather or the proposition of the competitor. But the magnitude and speed of the changes taking place in the industry today is unprecedented.
While everything is on deck in the food sector, the visitor flows in the main shopping centers have dried up within a few days and staff in the non-food sector are waiting all day for customers.
It is not without reason that various retailers have announced to adjust their opening hours or to close their stores. De Bijenkorf, Coolblue, vanHaren and Ikea indicate that they are focusing on their e-commerce operation, which makes sense given the enormous growth in online orders in recent days.