Lockdowns and social distancing norms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are tilting consumer preference toward e-commerce. The ensuing expansion of e-commerce presents new opportunities, but also costs for businesses. At the same time that there are stories of women who have become entrepreneurs leveraging e-commerce to boost their home-based businesses, there are other firms that are disadvantaged by the shift to e-commerce. The panelists explore the impact that the expansion of e-commerce is having on the economy and the world of work in particular, how e-commerce can help small businesses, especially women-owned businesses, grow, and whether regulations are effectively responding to changes in the market.
This webinar was hosted by the JustJobs Network, in partnership with the Centre for Policy Research, as a part of the Women, Work, and the Gig Economy project supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada).