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Small businesses resort to online channels to survive pandemic

first_img“We already know several suppliers, including a fish auctioneer who buys fish straight from the fishermen in North Jakarta. We order [the fish from the auctioneer] according to customer orders,” she told The Jakarta Post recently.Read also: 37,000 SMEs hit by COVID-19 crisis as government prepares aidShe delivers the orders with the help of ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab to customers in Greater Jakarta.The response to the one-month-old business has been positive so far, as they manage to sell an average of 20 kilograms of seafood weekly, from which Astrid has been able to reap Rp 25 million in sales. As COVID-19 hits business activity and forces people to stay at home, small businesses are striving to make the most of online platforms to reach customers and gain revenue.Astrid Safiera, 24, had to find a way to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic as her husband’s restaurant in Menteng, Jakarta, closed, battered by the physical distancing regime put in place to contain the virus spread.Astrid, an office worker herself, decided to start a small business with her husband to sell seafood on social media like Instagram and Twitter, offering shrimp, crab and barramundis, among other products, with a starting price of Rp 30,000 (US$1.93). She even promoted the business by replying to a tweet by former maritime affairs and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, which caught the attention of more than a hundred people who liked her tweet. “We plan to continue running the business after the pandemic. We want to open a restaurant, so we’re just trying to build something while also marketing our future restaurant,” she said, adding that she would consider partnering with e-commerce in the future.Astrid is not an outlier. Many people have resorted to running small businesses from home and use social media and e-commerce platforms to sell their products. Two million workers have been furloughed or laid-off as of Monday, according to Manpower Ministry data.Data from e-commerce platform Tokopedia confirmed a 250 percent surge in the number of new sellers on its platform in March, particularly in the personal health category.“We’re also doing a campaign on #JagaEkonomiIndonesia [#GuardIndonesianEconomy] to push more people to dare to create opportunities online, so that the economy can still go on in the middle of the pandemic,” Tokopedia VP corporate communication Nuraini Razak said.Read also: ‘Pay attention’, ‘transform’: Pandemic shifts business landscape, strategyTokopedia said it would help first-time sellers on its platform by holding online classes and webinars on the e-commerce business, among other things.The online classes covered subjects like opening an online shop, tips on handling the first order, the profit from e-commerce and making attractive promotional efforts for customers.The change in customer behavior during the pandemic, with social distancing measures in place, supports the e-commerce trend, as business research firm Inventure Indonesia concludes that customers tend to meet their daily needs, such as groceries and health products, through online channels. This will significantly boost the online platforms, it reads.Another e-commerce platform,, also confirmed a surge in the number of sellers, albeit not specifying the CEO Kusumo Martanto expected there would be more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to use e-commerce platform after the pandemic.”The situation will force them to adopt e-commerce. Hopefully after the pandemic they will enjoy the value and benefit and there will be more [sellers joining],” he had also started initiatives for SMEs, such as providing a special channel, workshops and promotion for local SMEs, among other things, he added.Despite the encouraging e-commerce data, Association of Indonesian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Akumindo) chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun said the number of newly established SMEs was quite small.”It’s very difficult, based on our observation, because economic activity is crippled [nowadays],” he said.Ikhsan added that starting a new business was still a challenge for people, as they needed to have the capital and basic knowledge to run a business.SMEs have been hit severely by the pandemic, with 538,385 workers from more than 31,000 SMEs losing their jobs as of Monday, according to the Manpower Ministry.Read also: Govt to provide interest subsidy for small borrowers as COVID-19 hits hardThe government is preparing a stimulus package for SMEs to help them survive amid the pandemic. The package includes relaxed rules for loans, a six-month tax waiver and cash transfers for micro-scale businesses.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Andry Satrio Nugroho said most new SMEs were the ones flourishing due to a surge in demand of specific products or old SMEs that finally adopted online platforms.”I think there is no surge in newly established SMEs because SMEs are the ones hit the hardest by the pandemic,” he said, despite adding that starting a new business was clearly an option amid rampant layoffs.”But not all SMEs can weather the pandemic, it’s very different from the Asian financial crisis in 1998,” he said.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgGerard Lynch presents information on the Driving and Transport Management Courses.Michelle Doherty explains the Surf Instructor and Lifeguarding Course.OVER THREE HUNDRED people showed up at the Swilly Group building today to learn about the range of FREE Momentum Training and Job activation programmes starting in November.In an extremely well organised event, a series of presentations were made by Swilly Group staff to hundreds of Long Term Unemployed who were invited to the event by the Department of Social Protection.The presentations provided information on the content and support available on the different programmes and how interested parties can register for participation. The Swilly Group will provide a range of programmes in areas such as Bus and Truck Driving, Warehousing and Transport Management, Childcare, Hospitality and Surf Instruction and Lifeguarding.The courses are FREE to persons who have been on Job Seekers Allowance/Benefit and actively seeking work for 12 months or more.They are funded by the Government under Momentum and involve job seeking support, certified vocational training and a period of work placement providing an excellent opportunity for persons to secure employment.Karl Sweeney, Director of Training at the Swilly Group told Donegal Daily, “At the start of 2014, we visited and talked to a lot of employers, and their representative groups across a range of industry sectors. “We discussed their future employment needs and the skills they wanted in new employees.“We designed our momentum programmes to meet the needs of these employers.“This inclusive approach will increase the chances of securing work placement and full time employment for graduates from our different programmes.“A key aspect of Momentum is we create that all important link between the participant and the employer and support the participants make a smooth transition into employment.A second information day will take place at the Swilly Group Building today with presentations taking place at 10am and 2pm. Anyone interested in attending is invited to show up at the Swilly Group building at either of these times.A number of staff will be on hand to answer all questions and queries.Alternatively, to find out more about any of the Swilly Group Momentum programmes, visit the website at or contact our office at (074) 91 51212.SWILLY DRIVE GATHERING ‘MOMENTUM’ BY OFFERING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED FREE TRAINING was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessfreeLong-term unemployedMomentumnewsProgrammesSwilly Drivetraininglast_img read more

Out of Indian Women’s Football Team, Kamala Devi Makes Case For Call-up With 20 Goals at Senior Nationals

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballIndiaindian footballIndian women’s football team First Published: September 28, 2019, 7:59 PM IST New Delhi: After the lows of the Indian Women’s League (IWL), it has been the story of resurgence for Yumnam Kamala Devi as she finished as the second highest goalscorer at the recently concluded Senior Women’s National Football Championships in Arunachal Pradesh.Kamala had managed just two goals in five matches with FC Kolhapur City at the IWL in May, but her form and fortunes turned around as she found the back of the net 20 times in just six games this month in the Nationals, held in Pasighat. She remained just one goal short of the top scorer Bala Devi. It has taken Kamala four months of hard work, not only on her game and fitness, but also on developing a steely mental resolve to regain her form.When Railways and Manipur meet tomorrow, there will be a battle within a battle, as @YumnamKamala and Bala Devi try to beat each other to the top of the scoring chart. There can’t be a better subplot to the final. Who are you betting on? #SWNFC19 #HerGameToo #indianfootball— Women’s Football India (@WomensFootieIND) September 23, 2019 Kamala has not been with the national team for the past nine months after she, along with six other Manipuri players – Ngangom Bala Devi, Kshetrimayum Margaret Devi, Kashmina MS, Umapati Devi, Elangbam Panthoi Chanu and Ranjibala Devi – decided to sit out of the national camp over differences with head coach Maymol Rocky and assistant coach Chaoba Devi.They wrote a letter to AIFF voicing their concerns but the national federation chose not to acknowledge them, leading to the boycott by the players.Bala Devi scored 26 goals in seven games during the IWL and received the national call-up again for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers camp and joined. Subsequently, Panthoi also found her way back to the team.However, the other five are still away from the national scene.In Pasighat, in front of a zealous and enthusiastic crowd, Kamala has now made a case for herself to get back in the national team.THE TURNAROUNDDuring the IWL, Kamala had told that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind, which affected her performance on the pitch. So, what changed in the last four months?”I felt really sad about my IWL performance because of which I thought that I would put in more effort. I tried to tell myself that even if I am not in the national team, my performance should still stay good,” Kamala said.Kamala is an employee of the Railways and was posted in Patna, Bihar, before the IWL. However, she was transferred to Guwahati after that, from where she paved the path to her resurgence.Kamala said Patna lacked facilities, but in Guwahati, she had access to swimming pool, gym, coaches and a good field to begin working on her game again.In order to find her form back, Kamala even practiced with the local boys’ team, which helped improve her game. Due to all the off-field troubles, she also lost fitness levels and to regain it, she put special focus on gym and swimming these past four months.The most difficult of working on all aspects was the mental part though.”I felt on my own that even if I don’t get to play for India, my game should remain as good. Ahead of the Nationals, I relaxed my head a bit and kept a positive outlook, which helped me do better,” Kamala shared.Kamala shares the credit of her Nationals performance with her teammates at Railways. She says, from the coaches to the players, everyone supported and motivated her and made her believe that she needed to score for the team to perform well. And that is what happened.BACK IN RECKONING?Arjuna awardee and Manipur’s coach during the Nationals, Bembem Devi, feels that during the IWL, Kamala’s team FC Kolhapur City lacked the overall quality, which also affected her performance. Bembem was all praise for Kamala’s performance during the Nationals and pointed out the standout quality of her game.”Kamala’s ball-trapping is excellent, it never goes out of control. With her experience, she also very well knows how to pass the ball to her strikers and create spaces. Of course, she is good at finding the back of the net.”All she needs to work more on is her physical fitness. If she develops her shin muscle more, she’ll be able to do even better,” Bembem told also feels that the way Kamala performed in Pasighat, she deserves to get a call-up back into the national squad. However, Kamala revealed that she has had no conversation with head coach Maymol, who was also in Pasighat during the tournament.”I don’t know if I will get a call back. I want to play for India a lot but I do not want to apologise and moreover, the juniors that are coming up are also good and they are doing well even without me.”Kamala made her stand very clear – “If I get a call-up on merit, I can speak and sort things out. I don’t want to say sorry and ask them to call me back into the national setup.” last_img read more