Small businesses turn to home delivery service during lockdown
Toni Waterman in Brussels
Bakers and butchers in Belgium are teaming up with a home delivery service to keep up with demand during the COVID-19 lockdown. After four weeks of restrictions on trade in Brussels some small business owners have been forced to find a way to sell their produce and despite some inititial reservations the move has proved popular.
Butcher Tanguy Thys told CGTN Europe: "The idea is very easy. To make sure people don't come out on the streets, that they stay home. The most important thing is that we can still deliver the meat and the fish our clients like. For us this is the most important."
Major supermarket chains have been delivering to customers' homes for years and experts suggest small businesses will need to offer this service in the future as well.
Josephine Hofmann, a doctor from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering said. "I think, in the future, as an employer you will not be able to say 'no, this is not possible'.
"People now think of alternative kinds of delivery, of taking online courses, of studying online, yoga courses - everything is possible now. Not everything will survive because the business models left behind aren't that viable but we all have to experiment." Hofmann added.