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Accelerating the Rise of Digital Economy; Thanks to Pandemic Blues
If "necessity is the mother of invention," coronavirus (COVID-19) compelled many around the world to reconsider our everyday lives from work to school to entertainment. In reaction to travel bans, school closures, and warnings to not meet in large groups and maintain our distance from fellow humans to restrict the spread of the virus, many people turned to digital tools to keep some sense of normality. In order to function efficiently it was necessary to digitally transform our places of work and education. Companies used technology to reconsider their future business model through rapid digital transformation.
For most of the things relating to small enterprises, Covid-19 has improved the situation. And now Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) turned to digital platforms to easily monitor their sales recovery. The adoption of digital platforms, including internet aggregators or markets, social media and mobile marketing have risen from 29% before Covid in the time of revenue generation to 53% for small companies. Pandemic gave the small businesses a "big digital shift" in revenue.
Data also indicates that ‘micro’ companies in digital adoption are not far from ‘small’ companies. Furthermore, several others now suggest that they will soon pursue the digital path. The growth in digitalization is helping to exploit new markets and increase the footprint of SMEs.
Digitalisation is all about the future of the global economy. The global economy is going to be significantly changed by the emergence of advance technology such as blockchain, IoT, 5G, cloud computing, robotics, IA, data science and modern digital business models. In most regions of the world, SMEs are the backbone of economic growth.
SMEs should use new technology and enable digitisation in the face of changes. You can also learn from influential companies in the fields of multistakeholder trade, sharing economies, IoT, creativity, NextGen, and other emerging business modelling. The lack of capital and of expertise in introducing new technology should also overcome small and medium-sized businesses that will enable them to thrive and reach a broader market.
A few Companies that took bigger steps towards digital: