Analytics firm GlobalData expects the pandemic to cost the apparel and footwear industries across the Asia-Pacific region $95.4 billion in lost sales this year. The global industry will lose $395.6 billion in sales, which represents a 19.5-per-cent decline on last year’s figures. The sector will account for 29.1 per cent of the total $1.3617 trillion impact of lost revenues by the retail industry during the period.
According to research, 60 per cent consumers noted trustworthiness, risk-free and familiarity as being the major factors currently influencing their choices of products/services. To increase sales, brands should continuously engage with consumers through social-media channels and personalized messages said Vijay Bhupathiraju, Retail Analyst, GlobalData. They should build trust by delivering messages addressing CO VID-19 and social responsibility and advertise the safety and hygiene measures taken during the manufacturing process and in-stores to drive more consumers to the stores.