Turkey’s organized retailers are feeling the pain of changing consumer habits as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic and cutting costs across the board. The new fashion is to move work online to save office rents and expenses, to reduce the prices charged to consumers.
The fact that working conditions have been disrupted as a result of pandemic, also thought retail companies that working from home does not decrease the efficiency. This has led to question whether it is necessary to return to the offices.
A major food retailer thinks that instead of leasing the office, the savings could be spent on better consumer pricing. CarrefourSA General Manager Kutay Kartallıoğlu said, “Our office was closed but we did not see any disadvantages. Productivity did not drop. Is there any need to pay these rents to the offices, I am questioning? ”
Noting that many more companies can evaluate this issue, Kartallıoğlu said, “What upended the working standards of the 21st century was a pandemic. Now there is a new normal for our administrative staff, those working in headquarters. I think many companies do not need an office. We can cut the rent as a cost and spend it for the benefit of the consumer. ”
Stating that sales increased by 28 percent in the first quarter balance sheets of 2020 compared to the previous year, Kartallıoğlu continued: “Gross profitability fell. Almost everyone is worried throughout the world. Price fluctuations are the norm. Many different institutions are working to deal with falling demand and rising costs.”
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