There was a time one would probably not have expected online shopping to work well in Pakistan. But the change can rarely be managed let alone denied. Even in a country that has droves of people who are used to going out to bazaars, inspecting items with their hands, asking tons of questions and then haggling till the shopkeeper caves in.
In fact, the expectation has always been that the best quality should be available for a very low price, which is just not possible as good products cost a fair amount to produce. Not that that expectation is often met, the idea has persisted. Things changed somewhat when smartphones became common; a load of online market places popped up. With time, despite the culture, they have done exceedingly well. Come 2020 and that has changed so much more, due to an event that wasn’t in anyone control; the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given that the more important products that are needed in this time are household appliance and groceries, many websites have geared their homepage panels for this. There are even website that used to essentially sell only electronics, but today are listing security products. This is a smart move for anyone who has done so, not just for the sake of business but also access to these products could literally help save lives. In the long run, perhaps the country will become a little more secure, one can hope.
Generally, a clear change over from the market’s interest in fashion and electronics products.
How the new payment methods also help
The ability to pay online through various methods that makes shopping through this method even more ideal for this time. Sanitising the packages and products can be undertaken, but if one had to sanitise loose change as well it would just add to the work. The idea that that can be avoided and ones work reduced, is a great convenience.
The uncertain end
One of the other reasons this pandemic is worrisome is that there is no clear end. We have locked ourselves down. We have changed our lifestyles. We have been home for months, but we do not really know when we will be able to go out again without a cloud of fear hanging over us. This in itself means that online shopping will keep going steady with the currently increased numbers. In fact, as more people learn the benefits and reduced danger of not having to step out the number of people making use of these services will go up.
It is also important to note that delivery services and warehouses are taking the precautions they can. Not just them, also the smaller shops that are trying to survive this intense time. One sees riders wearing masks at the very least if not gloves. One can take the precaution of washing their hands after these interactions. Truly if there is anything that one can do in this time it is to take precaution, the maximum degree possible.