The lessons learned from the day without VAT have been learned, not only in terms of having a more orderly and coordinated operation, under the leadership of the mayors of each city and population, but also adopting mechanisms to streamline purchases and transactions, the country is ready for the second of these days in the year, which will be next Friday, July 3.
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And although some local leaders such as the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, have requested to postpone this second day due to the crowds that occurred, mainly in establishments that sell household appliances and technology products, From the Vice Presidency of the Republic, the first recommendation is that mayors allow extended business hours, from 6 in the morning until midnight, extend the day for all public transport and fully comply with the capacity in these commercial places, while that commerce and payment methods were urged to prioritize electronic commerce, through whose platforms an increase of 800 percent in the value of sales was reported during June 19.
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Although they have not yet been confirmed, the director of the Dian, José Andrés Romero, He indicated that some of the changes for this Friday aim precisely to shift sales to e-commerce, to incorporate advance sales schemes and by appointment in stores, free e-commerce platforms for small businesses and to study the face-to-face sale of household appliances. , which were the main causes of the agglomerations.
According to the entity’s figures, household appliances had a rise of 1,302 per percent on the first day without VAT compared to sales on a normal day, as well as the commercialization of sound and video equipment, which increased by 725 percent.
But at the same time that he urged merchants and local authorities to work together so that the gaugings in the large stores and commercial premises are fulfilled, in order to guarantee social distancing, the Vice-presidency of the Republic also appeals to the conscience and maturity of the citizens, so that they do not get involved in crowds and always keep their distance in line and during shopping.
Even, before the Government, the president of the National Federation of Merchants (Fenalco), Jaime Alberto Cabal, took into consideration some initiatives, such as the fact that not only the sale of household appliances, but also that of technology items, which also have many followers, especially in the case of cell phones, are done through electronic commerce and digital platforms.
And at the same time that it proposed greater accompaniment of the Public Force in the morning hours for the management of citizen behavior and strict compliance with biosecurity protocols on the street, Fenalco went further in the matter of the schedule, considering the alternative of the day spanning 24 hours, but enabling at least three or four hours a day exclusively for those over 60 years of age, and the rest distributed by peak and gender in order to avoid crowds within establishments.
And as for the prior purchase system, which according to some consulted sources was made in some shops in intermediate cities such as Chiquinquirá, Boyacá, the union proposed that During the week, in person and online, you can see and select the products to buy and they can be invoiced the day without VAT, to be collected later or sent to your home..