Will the collaborative economy, that of sharing, pass the Covid-19 crisis? Airbnb, rental giant between individuals, layoffs a quarter of its employees worldwide, or 1,900 people. BlaBlaCar, carpooling champion, is also in difficulty, with 95% less activity. In the past two months, Maxime Perruchot has canceled three stays on Airbnb and was unable to sell his clothes or his phone on the Leboncoin site.
Less sales for individuals means less turnover for the platforms. According to expert Medhi Dziri, interviewed by France 2, some may not survive because they are often “little or not profitable”. In terms of carpooling, in a company, 350 employees out of 700 are partially unemployed, but the boss anticipates growth in the medium term. In this sharing economy, certain sectors are still doing well, such as solidarity and food.