Accueil » Retailers face an enforced halt to business Retailers face an enforced halt to business Non essential store operations are closed by governments whilst grocery retailers struggle with exploding demand, both online and in stores. Retailers have tough questions as they face a temporary international suspension of economics. G.R.N. investigated international responses. Through . Published on 18 March 2020 à 13h40 - Update on 14 October 2022 à 10h39 Resources This is an international crisis that no-one expected. Up to a few weeks ago, all trade discussion was concerned with improving omnichannel and customer experience. Overnight, retailers face a major global but invisible challenge across all operations and all continents. A new virulent disease which crashes stock markets and halts economic activity, albeit temporarily. On March 16th, the European stock exchanges opened and fell respectively by 8% (Madrid), by 6% (Milan), by 5.6% (CAC 40 Paris) and by 4.8% (London). After arising in Asia, Covid-19 is now within both Europe and America, forcing everyone into drastic measures to slow the infection and mortality rate. On March 11th, Italy announced the closure of physical retailers apart from food and pharmacies, plus home delivery services. France followed on March 14th, with a planned closure of 6 to 8 weeks. Essential stores for food, pharmacies, tobacco shops, garden centres (for animal feed), some electronic products (computers, telephony), automotive equipment and agricultural equipment all remained open. A critical authority remained for all e-commerce warehouses. Retailers are suffering grave economic damage.… This article is for subscribers only Already have an account? Log in You are not registered yet ? Sign up for a free trialfree for 1 month Online services : studies, analyses, databases and much more Daily Briefing : latest news digest Weekly letters Last name First name Email address Essentials Synthèse et historique de tous les contenus sur une thématique suivie en détails par la rédaction Les dernières publications Pre-orders, on-demand manufacturing, planning are all innovations in a supply chain Quick commerce and new online players. What is a value proposition and challenges for brands? Analyzes Synthèse et historique de tous les contenus sur une thématique suivie en détails par la rédaction Les dernières publications Ads.txt: which advertising providers do retailers work with?