The past year has been hard for the service sector in general and especially for some companies in the specialty goods trade. Commerce expects the Government to make decisions in its budget session to boost new growth and increase employment. Tools used to achieve these objectives should include promoting local bargaining, ensuring consumers’ purchasing power and tax solutions that support the green transition.
Commercial companies are important employers, taxpayers and investors for municipalities. Therefore, it is very important how the commerce sector fares, since it generates well-being, success and jobs all around Finland. The Finnish Commerce Federation encourages the new municipal decision-makers to consider the needs of local commercial companies and offers the candidates materials to support their election campaigns.
The planned restrictions on movement would hit the specialty and household goods trades heavily, and have the same effect as restaurant closures, which means that such companies are in urgent need of support for closing as well as relief in tax arrangements. In addition to parcel pick-up points, collecting orders from the store reduces contacts and supports small stores during these difficult circumstances.
The Finnish Commerce Federation deems the government’s decision to restrict citizens’ movement very challenging for the specialty goods trade. The new restrictions hit heavily on the specialty goods trade which is already fighting for its survival in many places. Companies that suffer due to the restrictions need immediate support. Government’s order of mandatory use of masks support the commerce sector’s message – wear a mask!
The government’s planned decisions on restriction of movement would hit the specialty and household goods trades heavily. The Finnish Commerce Federation demands that the government’s decisions be clear. If restrictions on movement really are implemented, the commerce sector companies suffering from the restrictions must be compensated for the negative financial impacts.
Online retail trade grew by 22 per cent in Finland last year, exceeding record pace of the 2010s. At the same time, domestic online shopping grew, and an increasing number of Finnish online stores were among the highest rated in the fourth edition of a listing of customer ratings published by the Finnish Commerce Federation. Online shopping is becoming increasingly commonplace among consumers, which is why now is the time for both companies and political decision-makers to invest in its development.
Commerce urges its customers to always use masks when visiting stores. However, commerce cannot turn away customers for not wearing a mask.
Returning the electricity tax of the service sector to the same level with industry would enable commerce to reach carbon neutrality by 2035
Retail sector turnover grew by almost four per cent during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, COVID-19 treated commerce industries very differently. The growth in last year’s turnover is not visible as growth in the number of people employed in the commerce sector or as new companies in the commerce sector. Instead, they continue their downward trend. The pandemic helped online retail reach record figures. Ensuring purchasing power, competence and entrepreneurship is key when advancing to the time after COVID-19.
The Finnish Commerce Federation and Service Union United PAM together published guidelines for stopping, preventing and intervening with harassment within companies of the sector. The guidelines include a recommendation for a customer warning practice to use in case a customer acts inappropriately.