The world business has been brought to its knees through the unanimous action of locking down the greater part of business and the production sector in all countries with only the essential services to spare. Most sectors of the economy of each and every country have been badly affected with some other governments coming up with different sort of rescue packages, Zimbabwe hasn’t been excluded from this unfortunate business mishap since the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
Worst hit is the informal sector of Zimbabwe as many of the players in this smaller sector but with thousands of operators were surviving from day to day hand to mouth daily hustling income.
Like a natural phenomenon, not all business sectors have been hugely affected as the Online Shopping Owners in Zimbabwe are enjoying the success wave of their business during this movement restrictive period. With social distancing being a common adage now from health circles as one of the effective ways to arrest the spread of the pandemic, there is now an emerging cash cow business in the online grocery sector.
The online shopping has been on an increasing ascendancy mode as thousands of Zimbabweans mostly those living in the diaspora that is those in South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, Australia you name it are resorting to this shopping option for their beloved folks back home.
One of the Online Shopping Companies in Zimbabwe, Globvil Holdings Private Limited, which is based in Harare, said business has been brisk in the last two months owing to the effects of the lockdown imposed by President Mnangagwa to prevent further spread of the virus.
Mr Prince Suberi the Globvil operations manager said from the time company was formed at the beginning of 2019, business has been brisk.
Our customers who are mainly in South Africa and Zimbabwe order their groceries online and we immediately arrange for the deliveries across the country.Mr Prince Suberi the Globvil operations manager
With two offices in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, as well as a huge warehouse in the neighbouring country, Globvil Holdings now boast of 30 drivers between the two countries to ensure efficiency and timeous delivery.
From the time the country went on lockdown, Mr Suberi said they have delivered groceries to more than 500 families in a month in the Zimbabwe.
Once you are able to manage inventory, ensure sufficient staffing, follow health and safety protocols, and ensure timeous delivery of ordered goods, you are guaranteed of increase online salesMr Prince Suberi the Globvil operations manager
Before this crisis occurred, Mr Suberi noted that they were mainly relying on inter-country deliveries.
While it’s unclear exactly what the grocery landscape will look like after the crisis, there’s good reason to believe that online grocery demand will continue to grow. There may be some temporary regression towards the mean as life gets back to normal, but in the long run, online grocery will expand.
There are people who are not interested in visiting shops due to busy schedules and these are natural customers of online shopping platforms.