With the huge disruption caused by Covid-19, e-commerce service providers are finding ways to help. Here is a list of free programs from service providers to combat the pandemic. The programs include grants to small businesses, information technology, fulfillment services, storage, startup funding, support for local businesses and free meditations to relieve anxiety.
eFulfillment Service offers free storage to medical manufacturers. eFulfillment Service announced that it would provide free storage to all medical device manufacturers to help overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. eFulfillment Service serves e-commerce customers worldwide from stores in Northern Michigan with more than 250,000 square feet of space. The company will waive storage and customer service fees to qualified medical supplies manufacturers, especially personal protective equipment, throughout the pandemic.
Ecwid opens tools for small businesses. To support small businesses affected by Covid-19, the ecommerce platform Ecwid is giving away premium e-commerce tools to the end of 2020 for all new registrations. The tools include street pickup, gift cards, integrated point-of-sale sales, live support and access to small business financing through Reliant Funding Partnerships. Previously, the tools were only available on paid plans.
PC Matic Pro offers free cyber security. To help with the massive transition to home-based workers because of Covid-19, PC Matic offers free cybersecurity and remote management via PC Matic Pro to newly established remote workstations through June 30, 2020. PC Matic Pro will also be offered free of charge to kindergartens through 12 schools that use distance education and for non-profit organizations that assist in Covid-19 relief efforts. All onboarding and support services are also available free of charge.
Tech To The Rescue offers free IT support. At TechToTheRescue.org, non-governmental organizations and nonprofit organizations whose operations have declined significantly can apply for free information technology services and access to products, tools and specialists. TechToTheRescue.org contains a list of over 140 companies offering free IT, design, marketing and even legal services. The list is open and growing. To register, a company must provide the method and scope of the assistance offered and its contact information.
Yelp announces $ 25 million in free services to support local restaurants and nightlife. Yelp provides $ 25 million in relief, primarily for restaurants and nightlife businesses, in the form of free advertising, products and services. Restaurants and nightlife companies that remain open will receive upgrades on Yelp pages, including business highlights, Call To Action and Connect. Restaurants will also have free access to Yelp bookings and waiting lists for three months. For restaurant customers offering delivery or pickup, Yelp provides $ 100 in free search advertising.
CS-Cart Multi-Vendor offers free marketplaces for nonprofits. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is multi-vendor software for building online marketplaces. In response to Covid-19, CS-Cart offers a free marketplace to nonprofits, industry organizations and government organizations. Creating an industry-specific online market can be a new source of income for nonprofits.
Bringg Announces Free BringgNow, a Last-mile Delivery Management Service for Small and Medium Businesses. Bringg, a delivery platform, announced the pre-release of BringgNow, a delivery service for the last mile to start and scale delivery operations. With the help of BringgNow, entrepreneurs can quickly charge incoming orders, send deliveries to their own drivers or crowds of people and deliver goods to customers with a completely brand experience. The service was scheduled to be launched later this year, but Bringg released it early to help companies meeting increased demand for delivery services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bringg offers companies this delivery management service for the last mile for free.
eBay waives fixed price listing fees. To support SMEs affected by Covid-19, eBay is implementing some promotions and changes to the marketplace. eBay sellers can list up to 50,000 additional fixed price listings for free in March and an additional 50,000 in April. EBay also postpones most sales fees for 30 days.
FarEye offers free technology for managing overvoltages and performing contactless home deliveries. To ensure seamless deliveries of groceries and important daily items in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, FarEye, a predictive logistics platform, announced that it would provide companies with its delivery optimization software to handle powerful home delivery. FarEye SERVE is free for organizations that deliver home deliveries of important daily items, hospital locations and for the delivery of food and medicines to non-governmental organizations that respond to Covid-19.
Facebook launches a $ 100 million program for small businesses. Facebook offers 100 million cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses in over 30 countries where it operates. Facebook will start accepting applications in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up for more information as it becomes available.
Luma Launch creates a portal that helps investors and start-ups connect. Luma Launch, the company's investment arm for movie studio Luma Pictures, has launched a portal to match companies with start-ups seeking funding. Laurent Grill, an investor at Luma Launch, has issued calls calling for investors to register privately to the managed list. There is also a list for start-ups looking for cash.
ShelterZoom launches DocuWalk, free for Covid-19 response teams. ShelterZoom, a blockchain transaction management platform, announced free access to DocuWalk, a new service, to organizations working to combat Covid-19. Built on ShelterZoom's blockchain-based smart contract platform, DocuWalk transforms records, documents and contracts into digital, interoperable and intelligent assets. DocuWalk utilizes security, blockchain technology and ShelterZoom's document token to overcome the limitations of existing document and contract management technology.
Amazon creates neighborhood fund for small businesses. Amazon launches a $ 5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash donations to Seattle-based small businesses in need of help. The fund is intended for companies with fewer than 50 employees or less than $ 7 million in annual revenue. Qualified companies (i) have a physical presence within a few blocks of Amazon's Regrade, South Lake Union and Bellevue office buildings, (ii) are open to the public and (iii) rely on foot traffic for customers.
Simple Habit offers free attention to ease anxiety about coronavirus. Simple Habit, a meditation app that helps anxious professionals who are forced to stay home, offers free premium membership to anyone who is financially affected by the pandemic and can no longer afford to pay. Simple Habit also offers new meditation services for pandemic-related anxiety. In addition, Simple Habit continues to support its experts, as most events in the staff are canceled.