Abu Halqa: 40% of current sales are done electronically
The Corona pandemic revived online sales in the footwear and leather goods sector, especially among youth, and it acquired about 40% of the sector’s total sales locally, amid expectations of its continuation.
Yahya Abu Halqa, head of the Footwear Division at the Chamber of Leather Industry, said that sales of shoes and leather goods through “online” currently range from 30 to 40% of total sales.
Abu Halqa expects the percentage to rise in the future, and increase consumer demand, especially the youth.
He pointed out that the chamber submitted two notes, the first of which is the Ministry of Trade and Industry, regarding a three-month moratorium on imports, similar to the ceramic sector, so that the local industry regains its balance after it was negatively affected by the random import.
Mahmoud Odeh, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Leather Industry, said that online sales have rebounded significantly during the Corona pandemic, especially among young Prime Time Zone and social media pioneers.
He added that electronic sales saved the market during the last period from a complete standstill, and it was the only outlet during the periods of closing stores at 5 and 7 pm and the curfew, expecting this type of sales to continue even after the end of the pandemic.
He continued: “During the last period, the products of the manufacturers were launched online, and they witnessed an unexpected boom, so that they became a competition for the sales of the shops.”
He revealed that the local industry had suffered during the last period from random import, which prompted the division to apply for a three-month moratorium on imports, so that local products could find an outlet in the market.
As for the second, it was submitted to the Ministry of Finance, to apply the indicative prices, and to confront the inferior products that have been observed to spread in the market.
The article shoe sales rebound “Online” was written in Al Borsa newspaper.