A recent Euromonitor International report said a total of 12.1% of luxury beauty and personal care items are sold through e-commerce platforms.
Luxury brands have started using technology to provide consumers with a more immersive experience. For example, Burberry allows shoppers to add things to the cart from their Instagram page or the memory mirror at Neiman Marcus. As per internetretailing.net, online store Farfetch has reported a 40% increase in sales since it joined hands with retail partners and started trials of customised omnichannel experiences for its customers a month ago.
On the other hand, some industries are struggling to get back on their feet. The hospitality industry has been badly battered by the pandemic. The vaccine rollout has begun and yet most luxury hotels have done very little business, with many small establishments shutting shop. According to the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India, the industry has incurred a loss of $17.4 billion due to the pandemic. Many high-end restaurants and bars have had to do a complete rehaul of their menus and/or stick to takeaways to stay afloat.
The retail sector has not been able to recover completely either. Malls have been allowed to open in some states but they can only allow a limited number of people. Shops too can only function during fixed hours. People, even if they are vaccinated, are still very apprehensive about going out, especially after the devastating second wave.
However, on the jobs front, many luxury companies are still hiring. “E-commerce platforms and companies are hiring a lot of people. Companies that have started their own apps need people. Companies are looking for people with experience or those who specialise in specific fields,” says Smit Mehta, owner and founder of Talent Bay.
The luxury industry is going to adapt and survive no matter what. Why? Because people love buying. In the current situation, retail therapy helps make the current situation a little more bearable for many. So even while you sit tight and wait for the crisis to end, you can still get your favourite bag, shoes and dress, even if going out is not an option.
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