It was a difficult time. Entrepreneurs in the business sector faced with the epidemic of “Covid-19” that has dragged on for years. And today the situation is even more serious. This is reflected by the increasing number of new cases and deaths. and still don’t know covid-19 When will it end and when will it end? causing entrepreneurs to start worrying about the economic condition – purchasing power
“Prachachat Business” special interview “Boonchai Chokwatana” Chairman of Saha Pathanapibul Public Company Limited, a major consumer goods distributor, on the impact and recommendations on the epidemic situation
Q : The situation with COVID-19 is getting worse. How worried are you about business?
Today, businesses across the country have been affected since the first outbreak last year. Long drag until this year It affects more and less.
The concern is how to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, so try to propose measures that no one has talked about. epidemic infection Or various clusters that arise from what is the root cause? had to order to close forbidden to move This opens the weaknesses of the solution. Or even that the company allows employees to work from home (work from home), which is not to be infected. Because we can’t control the behavior of employees. And in the cluster is the same. When all the construction workers are infected But no one talks about the cause of the infection.
Personally, I think that if it helps, healthcare professionals should talk about different clustering behaviors to prevent transmission.
But now it’s quite difficult. When the government announced the closure of construction workers’ camps Workers traveling out of the provinces and spreading the infection widely
Q : In addition to the outbreak Now, the vaccine seems to be insufficient.
believe that the government is trying to fix Ordering vaccines, why didn’t they come or didn’t come in full? Understand that part of the situation comes from the global situation where there is a lot of demand. Every country has needs and cause shortage
However, today the vaccine that Thailand has. Should be injected seriously, injected quickly, and if there is any problem, should be clearly communicated to the public. And when the vaccine has come, should speed up the injection. and plan to allocate which group must be first because now the proportion is divided into each province still not reasonable
Everyone needs vaccines. But if it’s good, it should be allocated to the service sector and medical personnel. that is an outpost including high-risk people to cover
Q : What is the situation? How does it affect the economy – purchasing power?
We’ve been talking about the economy and purchasing power since last year. It’s still worrying today. I have to admit that it’s another year. The purchasing power is sure to fall. The government has to inject money into the system to stimulate and support everyone to have a chance to survive. But still can’t find a solution. Importantly, people now need to be vaccinated as much as possible. and then have to analyze that Where will the country go?
Now everyone spoke in unison. when will it end And when can the epidemic be stopped? As the economy deteriorates day by day, entrepreneurs, trade also deteriorate. tourist Foreign investors cannot enter. like the Phuket Sandbox Project that are open to foreign tourists If the infection can be controlled That would be a good example, but if not, I don’t know what will happen.
Q : In the past, the Prime Minister announced that the country would open within 120 days, would it be possible?
It’s possible, but the prime minister should have said it might open, or it might not. It depends on how much the situation is controlled. and the government should plan
Prepare all departments and people In order to prepare for it, and if 120 days have been completed, the country cannot be opened. People will lose faith in the government.
As for the lockdown for 30 days, the construction camp is closed. may be more or less effective better than doing nothing Or if it still doesn’t work, there is a chance to extend the lockdown date further.
Importantly, the government should study the measures to stop the epidemic as quickly as possible.
Q : The impact that has dragged on since last year. What do you want the government to support?
Of course, because many businesses are in trouble. Restaurants can’t sit and eat in the shop. Customers buy less items than before. definitely affect sales
must understand that remedial measures Some things that entrepreneurs want to heal But the government does little to heal. And it’s not just restaurants that are affected, every business is affected. and want to ask for compensation as well But the government doesn’t have enough budget to solve the problem for everyone.
What I would like to suggest now is to save money, reduce expenses, not be superfluous, and reserve money. in the midst of an uncertain situation If covid prolongs a year must stay And must take care of yourself not to be the cause of the infection.
When everyone saves money, of course, that affects the luxury goods segment. unnecessary goods These businesses have to tighten their belts and be prepared for the situation.
For Sahapat himself now, the main thing is to tighten the seat belt and reduce unnecessary expenses. budget for promotion If it doesn’t work, it must be replaced. must find ways to increase sales by expanding sales channels This year, we hope for 5% revenue growth and the important thing is to maintain profits.
However, some projects that have been planned for a long time must continue to do, such as the construction of a warehouse at Sriracha It will accelerate to be completed by the end of this year. for being a large distribution center
Saha still has liquidity. and ready to invest But during this period, some things may be delayed. wait for the right time
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