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Silver Lining For Shifting Homes During Covid Times

Anjani Kumar Agarwal, CEO, Agarwal Packers & Movers, DRS Group

Under the aegis of Anjani, Agarwal Packers & Movers has savored two decades of impeccable track record in transportation and warehousing businesses

Everything turned on its head with the Covid-19 outbreak, followed by the lockdown that dealt a major blow to businesses across industries. The survival instincts of the movers & packers segment were also put to the ultimate test. During the first few months of the lockdown, the activities in the sector took a huge hit. But, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining - the sector made efforts to convert a challenging period into an opportunity driven by the ‘Work from Home’ phenomena and bounced back in the later months starting August. However, in the work from home world, the industry has been quick to innovate, adapt and bounce back.

As the pandemic-induced lockdown started showing its impact on the ground, there were many who either lost their jobs or had their salaries cut. People who were staying in rented accommodations found it wise to move their base back to their hometowns, and this could not have been possible without the players in the movers & packers segment, which continues to be one of the most scattered and unorganized industries. And the Indian movers & packers sector is busy working to cater to this need, driving a significant growth through these trends. India’s movers & packers business is estimated to be in the `10,000 crore-15,000 crore range annually.

Even as millions across the country get used to the work from home trend, the need for a more comfortable home relocation is growing in demand. The pandemic infused changes ensured

people started looking for home relocation that was safe and easier. Owing to the lockdown and work from home scenario for the foreseeable future, movers & packers business have seen a significant rise in demand, as people have moved out of their rented apartments back to their native places.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that customer preferences have changed profusely post the Covid-19 outbreak. From migration from metros to smaller cities of a sizable population of white-collar employees who were working from home, home relocation preferences have significantly altered in the last six months.

There was a time when the thought of relocating would have been something close to a nightmare. Huge impending demand for home relocation and a rapid transition in customers’ behavior dictates catching the pulse of people moving to places. It could range from providing specially designed vehicles to relocate cars, pets and plants, along with other household items in one go to storage and warehousing facilities where the goods are kept safely for the new reality of work from home.

During the pandemic, people have realized the importance of owning a house and many of them also temporarily moved homes to other towns and cities. Whatever may be the reason, the trend of home relocation is definitely on the higher side this year.

Even as millions across the country get used to the work from home trend, the need for a more comfortable home relocation is growing in demand

We have also seen a massive increase in storage solutions usage in the last few months. Some individuals are moving back to their hometowns, pushing up demand for storage solutions where household items and other belongings are stocked securely in warehouses for a desired period at a nominal rental cost. Warehousing demand saw a rapid rise from Tier2 cities in addition to the demand from Tier-1 cities.

The challenge here was for the movers & packers entities to redesign their modus operandi in accordance with the need of the hour. This development entailed that those who adhered to protocols such as social distancing and sanitization were able to gain the trust of the consumers. Sanitization of trucks and other equipment, staff members wearing masks and gloves and not using recycled moving boxes were some of the basic changes that the movers & packers adhered to in the changed circumstances.

The industry has shown resilience in the face of insurmountable challenges and it will continue to innovate and evolve to provide a hassle-free service. Product safety and on-time arrival will be the driving force for people in the times ahead. Reputed movers & packers who can cater to the evolving demands and provide quality and timely delivery will be a preferred choice.

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