AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Would you rather go shopping digitally or do you prefer the old fashioned way of going to the mall and choosing the things you want or you need personally. If not for the pandemic where millions of people lost their lives, we would certainly see millions of people inside the malls and other places normally frequented by many people.
Shoppers have a choice, whether to go malling or to let their fingers do the actual shopping inside the mall. Some wouldn’t want to have it any other way but to be there in person inside the mall. To be there and fit the size of an outfit or choose the size or color of a decoration is part of the enjoyment of shopping. And there is no stopping somebody who has the habit of going over the stores in a shopping district and looking for something that suits the fancy more than ever. Even in this pandemic, we could not prevent these people from going to those malls or places where other people love to frequent as well. Yes to these people part of shopping is just roaming around seeing if there is something worth buying, and there is always a thing or two worth ‘diving’ for. Safe or not safe, these guys cannot be kept at home and do the shopping via the internet.
Which is what the vast majority of us had been hoping for, especially the senior citizens like myself. Computer age has come upon us and we can almost do nothing without the help of a computer. It has become customary on our part that the first thing we have to do when we wake up in the morning is to turn on the computer if not look at our computer then surf.
There are those who don’t cook and the first thing they do is place an order for coffee and pancakes for breakfast. When lunchtime comes, they place an order for a sinigang na baboy and chop suey at a neighborhood eatery. Dinnertime they go for fried fish and ginisang gulay.
The only difference between ordering digitally and actually buying it is you can’t choose before you actually see the merchandise. But this means of doing business has been with us and it is likely to change. Many businesses in fact have a new set of guidelines which will likely stay on until a new pandemic strikes.