The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT)
December 1st, 2022 | Related To: The Supermarket Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT)
The Risk of Standing Still
Kickstarting an economy which has been shorn of the desired outputs and exports in various industries alongside an ever-ballooning food import bill, has created much tighter financial conditions for an ever-wearier citizen. Increasing food insecurity concerns linger and this has created the potential for social malaise, while ad hoc strategies are devised in the interest of the national recovery.
Adapting to the new normal has been frustrating for retailers and customers alike. Two years of crafting digital solutions for material consumables has spun the ‘means’ on a careening carousel towards the ‘ends’ that consumers desire. Yet the same smart technologies have not been able to replicate experiences but craft conveniences, which have petered out due to shifts in consumer trends towards the nostalgia of household experiences.
While the outlook remains shrouded in uncertainty, we require astute leadership that steels against global currents. We must continue to invest in our people as our single greatest resource. Their individual development ensures the sustainability of a national pool of continuity as the heritage we leave for them must be the crowning legacy rising from the ashes of the pandemic. This will require crafting wily solutions for the present time with an eye on the medium to long term.
Tempering innovation with tradition by creating frameworks for technologies while recognising the cultural significance of household values is also a means to reset social dissonance. Therefore, with the myriad challenges Trinidad and Tobago continues to face, standing still is not an option.
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