Even before the pandemic shook the entire world’s everyday life, we would have often spotted people indulging in discussions over a possible future digitalization. A few of those seated comfortably consumed in formal suits inside a meeting room throwing big jargon at each other such as Blockchain, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, etc.
There is just slight indifference that lies within the uncertain birth of a possible catalyst such as COVID-19 itself, responsible for rigorous development in the digital world. And the unsaid has eventually come true.
While there was no stopping of what lied ahead of us, we indeed believed that despite the uncertainty, there would be enough time in our hands to embrace the changes happening across online trends. Well, there is no such thing as enough time now, is there?
What are some online trends gaining speed amidst a crisis?
For starters, they are not unheard!
They did not come to life overnight but have been lingering around for the past few years. However, these trends’ impact is overwhelming while some might run on a parallel, but other handfuls of these seem to be a matter frowned upon.
Here is a list of top most online trends:
- Open Source Solutions
The solution has enabled the sharing of resources and innovative technology with others across the globe in order to fight effectively against COVID-19. It is considered one of the powerful ways to bring everyone battling against Coronavirus on collaboration terms.
What are the benefits associated?
- The open-source solutions enable a great deal of knowledge sharing, which was lacking otherwise in the world.
- While not keeping the resources limited to one’s own nation, the solution also makes resources easily accessible on a global scale.
- In response to the required need of the hour that lies in tagging along with changing technology, the incorporation of open source solutions has given a push to a smooth digital transformation.
Automated Commerce or A-Commerce is a revolution in the E-commerce industry. There is a high possibility that with the year 2021 commencing, the E-Commerce industry would have ceased to exist. Too unbelievable? Well, it is already happening!
You might just have to get used to it sooner or later. While until now, Artificial Intelligence has been the main driver of this trend, with the new areas of implementation such as contact-free interaction, Robotics is going to be a key element in designing automation enabled stores.
For example, let’s say your fridge is empty, then with the help of sensors installed, the fridge will automatically detect what is missing, and suggest an a-commerce store at a convenient location with the best products available to make a hassle-free purchase. Your groceries would be delivered simultaneously upon reaching your place. Don’t worry about the money at all since it will all be taken care of in the background.
3. Virtual Companions
Many articles have been published, and movies were made, such as “Her,” but the topic of incorporating a virtual companion in our lives remained debatable. However, with the crisis surrounding us, it might leave us no choice but to embrace the existence of a virtual companion accompanying us throughout the day.
People might have refrained from using them earlier, but, they will find it hard to say NO amidst the crisis. We evolved in the past, became easily accustomed to digital assistants and chat boxes given the need, and that shows us a promising picture of what lies ahead.
4. Shop Streaming
A trend claimed to be booming in China is the next big thing waiting to happen across the globe. The live shop streaming provides an experience similar to that of shopping inside the store itself with the help of more interactive videos of a product.
The biggest E-commerce giant Alibaba has gained tremendous results post-implementation of Taobao Live to assist consumers in their shopping. The new technology insists on providing an entertaining experience for those stuck at home.
5. Online Education
Although it has become hectic for parents to make their kids study at home, online education does not leave even post-crisis. With COVID-19 shutting schools all over the world, over 1.2 billion students are now at home studying instead of classrooms.
Besides safety, online classes are also proving in saving time and making home studies effective. With so many language apps and virtual tutoring tools, it appears that online education might become a new normal.
6. Branded Mobile Apps
Since people were not allowed outside their homes, a variety of apps have gained usage in our everyday lives, and their demand skyrocketed almost instantly.
Right from grocery shopping apps to educational apps, other essential ones such as entertainment apps to get rid of the boredom and apps to help in exercising, there are apps available for almost every task. Some of you might have stumbled on ads speaking highly of healthcare apps as well to assist you with basic health-related queries.
7. Online food court integrated with last-mile delivery
Considering the number of people ordering food online is higher than ever, the integration of last-mile delivery would ensure quick delivery of items while minimizing the cost of transportation.
Since social distancing has become critical and looks like going to continue shortly as well, the incorporation of last-mile delivery would ensure the experience remains contactless. With the help of Artificial Intelligence now security systems include Ring, home automation, and unattended safe locker delivery in prime locations.
The majority of the trends as mentioned above are undeniably helping us in despair, continue to provide a seamless experience of online education, entertaining ourselves while stuck at our homes, and a way to reduce the need for human interaction.
However, it is still a matter of concern since a few of the trends are emerging as new and have been claimed irrelevant in the past. We might just have to wait until the start of 2021 to know the exact impact of these trends across the globe.