I think it is fair to say that no one saw that Covid-19 pandemic coming and we are still very much in the midst of it today however there are still some positives coming down the line with the various vaccines on offer. Unfortunately Ireland has been in one form of lock down or another in the last 12 months and we are currently in the tightest restrictions in Europe with our level 5 Covid restrictions.
This has led to a huge change of life for everyone but it has also created a work from home revolution as employers have been encouraged to allow their workers to work from home for the foreseeable. Some companies are evening saying that this could be here to stay although I believe the novelty has worn off for a lot of people who have spent the last 12 months essentially working from their kitchen or other part of the house that they are also confined to for most of the day.
This has led to people having to invest in their home and get things like office desks, office chairs, gaming chairs, PC monitors and essentially a more professional work from home setup. Companies like housetech who supply gaming chairs have seen a huge increase in sales in the last 12 months which shows that some companies are thankfully benefiting from the pandemic with their website housetech.ie recording a large uptick in traffic when lockdown began.
Others who have benefited from lockdown are the courier companies with DPD advertising for 700 new staff to deal with the huge increase in online orders in such a short period of time. Christmas 2020 was their busiest period ever and to be fair we all think that they done a very good job of making sure everyone had a great Christmas.