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Het staat buiten kijf dat het voor de cultuursector twee zware jaren zijn geweest. Vorig jaar, na de eerste lockdown, onderzocht de UAntwerpen samen met Publiq, UGent, Kenniscentrum Cultuur- en Mediaparticipatie en het Kenniscentrum Cultuurmanagement & Cultuurbeleid hoe de mensen cultuur in coronatijden beleefden. Dit jaar hebben ze opnieuw grootschalige bevragingen opgezet om de evolutie in kaart te brengen en vooruit te blikken.

The pandemic has a very unequal impact on different industries, companies and individuals. A part of the economy quickly recovers, and sometimes even performs better than ever (big tech firms for example), while other industries do not recover at all (tourism for example). This blog is a summary of the ‘Corona & Onze Economie: Wat Nu?’ lecture, hosted by student association Wikings NSK and alumni organisation Alechia VZW.

Today, there are many innovative projects on logistics, mobility, car use and local commerce organised in governments. But are we really talking about innovations? or are we talking about retro mobility, retro logistics and retro shopping? We are convinced the next decade will be defined by the reintroduction of many customs from the ’50s and ’60s.

Using hospitals as distribution hubs initially seemed a logical choice for storage and distribution of vaccines. However, the increased workload for the hospital staff and an increased risk of losing vaccines must be taken into account. The Think Tank Vaccine Distribution looked into different scenarios.

Research from a think tank of professors and experts suggests that the vaccination of the Belgian population should be carried out through larger, professional and centrally controlled vaccination centers. They propose setting-up some 70 centers, instead of the 200 centers proposed by the government.

The current problems of the parcel industry were unfortunately clearly written in the stars. The business model of the webshops and distributors has reached its limits. A lot can be learned from the airline industry, but consumers too will have to become more aware of the challenges the e-commerce parcel market faces.

The COVID-19 crisis offers a great opportunity for your local bakery, specialized retailer or grocery store. The obligatory closure of physical shops forced many of them to finally set up a webshop while consumers had to move online to purchase products. Joris Beckers (UAntwerp) explains why entrepreneurs should now benefit from the efforts made and professionalize their online channel.

A think tank of professors from the University of Antwerp and industry experts has focused on the logistical organization for the distribution of the corona vaccines. After consulting with logistics parties, courier companies, non-profit organizations, international logistics experts and pharmaceutical companies, they have noted four main observations that are important for both the COVID19 vaccine distribution and immunization campaigns.