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Has The Economy Changed The Way We Run Businesses?

Author : William Kng


Would you like to go back to an evening of good years prior to 2001? It's been more than 10 years, which changed a lot and you can hardly point the things which didn't get affected. This global economic crunch, stemming from a tragedy that occurred in the United States, has ensnared the whole wide world. The recession battered the retail and wholesale businesses as well because customer confidence was much shaken and his buying capacity was reduced. According to statistics, there is no conspicuous recovery in the retail sector since 2007.
The tough economic situation has taught us all some valuable lessons which would be hard to forget and wholesalers are no exception to it. Deteriorating economy has changed some of the ways we ran businesses.
Credit impairment!
During recession period, the price rise simply means reduced customers. For wholesale traders, manufacturers and suppliers, it means reduced businesses, increased expenses, and much reduced profit margins. All of this leaves bad impact on receivable businesses accounts because the customers may make slow or no payments at all. Due to reduced revenues, the company gets burdened with piling bills, reduced debts valuation, and loose bonds and ability to obtain finances. When debts are not paid according to contract, bankruptcy is not far behind.
Therefore, more and more businesses are shifting on cash transactions and this is worsening the situation.
Fewer financial risks!
It has now become quite difficult for people to start and run a successful business. If you do have an established business, instead of cutting labor, cut cost and take no financial risks. It is essential to keep your staff so that your services quality does not suffer. The wisest of suggestion under such circumstances would be to avoid investing in any new activity, which does not completely ensure profit return.
To cut down the expenses, you can think of reducing shipping charges, maintenance fees and utilities expenses.
Employees benefit reductions!
In order to manage in reducing resources, businesses may decide to work with reduced number of employees and demand more work from the smaller team. Wholesale traders and manufacturers are few of the businesspersons who can get more work done from fewer employees but the fact of the matter is that with such abrupt firing, the morale of remaining staff suffers a lot. The wage reductions, reduced benefits, and fear of layoffs are likely to worsen the condition. With increasing recession and number of working hours, employees get drained and consequently show bad performance. This bad performance can ultimately result into closing down of business units.
To overcome this situation, wholesale suppliers and manufacturers have started hiring and retraining people with multi-dimensional professional skills, so that when the economy revives, they become more marketable.
According to past statistics, recession is followed by economic recovery, which leaves people more conscious and careful. This recession has taught wholesale traders and entrepreneurs to try different approaches and go an extra mile to run a successful business, which is a lesson very hard to learn otherwise.


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William King is the director of Manufacturers, Wholesale Trade and UK Distributors and UK Manufacturers. He has 18 years of experience in the marketing and trading industries and has been helping retailers and startups with their product sourcing, promotion, marketing and supply chain requirements.

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Tags:   Business, Manufacturers, Condition, Recession, Employees, Wholesale

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