Looking at the bigger picture
In order to enhance Indonesia's economic underpinnings, it is essential to develop resiliency against both significant and minor shocks. Businesses must apply a big-picture approach as they get ready for Indonesia's post-pandemic economy. It is important to remember that focusing on sustainable and consistent growth is one of the economic resilience methods in dealing with global difficulties. To adapt to changing consumer needs, consumption patterns, and economic situations, businesses must develop new strategies based on long-term growth rather than throwing in dramatic measures like sudden price spikes in response to inflation or a recession.
Not losing focus on “small” sales
Wealthy consumers naturally have more spending power, and companies typically focus on the higher markets for high-volume sales and profits. However, disregarding small sales would be a grave error, particularly in Indonesia, where MSMEs constitute the engine of the nation's economy and predominately sell everyday FMCG goods. Nearly all of the nation's employment—97 percent—is provided by the 63 MSMEs that account for over 60% of the GDP.6
The theory of comparative advantage: Reduced costs, boost sales
Price reduction could be a solution, as businesses are expected to increase profits by reducing manufacturing costs and establishing market prices. By gradually lowering their prices while maintaining a respectable profit margin from each sale, businesses can increase their market share.
Given that it aids in allocating resources to productive areas of the economy, the theory of comparative advantage could be utilised as a tool to modify the production system for competitiveness.7 A nation achieves comparative advantage when it produces commodities or services at a lower opportunity cost than other nations. This enables a business to offer goods and services at a lower cost than its rivals, hence boosting its profit margins. For SMEs, movements of low-cost product items that take into account other unique product characteristics, such as price and quality, are crucial under the WTO trading system in order to benefit from competitive benefits from business internationalisation.
Collaborations and partnerships are the way to go
In a post-pandemic future, collaboration and partnerships will be key to addressing the challenges faced across industries and boundaries; multiple reports8 and studies9 have said this over the last year and a half. Close collaboration and partnerships become even more pertinent in a fragmented market like Indonesia.