After two years, demand increases for school supplies | Mangaluru News

Mangaluru: Business at stores selling school supplies, including uniforms, umbrellas, raincoats, shoes and books, has almost reached pre-pandemic levels. Most of the shops in and around the central market do good business.
The business has been hit, with schools switching to online teaching, over the past two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents, as well as children, visit stores to buy new bags, shoes, umbrellas and stationery. Traders who sell uniforms have noticed that the children have gained weight and there is now a demand for larger sizes.
“The activity is gradually picking up. Orders are coming in for the making of uniforms and umbrellas,” said Terence M D’Souza of AR D’Souza and Sons. The century-old shop supplies uniforms and umbrellas to many area schools.
D’Souza pointed out that they have noticed that many students have gained weight as they are forced to sit at home and take online classes. “As a result, we are now forced to resize uniforms,” Terence said. His partner Trisha D’Souza added that the sale of umbrellas had been almost nil for two years. In general, the prices of all products have increased, due to the increase in the price of raw materials and the shortage of supply, she said,
Punith Raval of Saurashtra Cloth Stores said, “This season the sale of uniforms is almost normal.”
“Business has started on a positive note and is expected to increase once schools reopen,” said Nikith Mascarenhas, owner of a stationery store, which also sells bulk attendance registers.


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