Covid-19, NFC, and the future of contactless payments

Once excellent as the future never reached contactless payments mass popularity. Buyers preferred the familiar sweep, dip, PIN code and signature. The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to change that as consumers are now more aware of what they are touching. In this article, I will discuss NFC (near field communication), the technology that drives almost … Read more Covid-19, NFC, and the future of contactless payments

How to handle when things are tough: Get under COVID-19 –

Being able to cope during difficult times, such as these, is an invaluable skill. Life moves in cycles. Sometimes we are up and sometimes we are down. The upcycles are good, but the downcycles can be difficult to handle. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, humanity is currently going through a down cycle. This makes the question, … Read more How to handle when things are tough: Get under COVID-19 –

In the middle of Covid-19, Amazon's Q1 2020 earnings confirm e-commerce dominance

On April 30, Amazon announced its first quarter 2020 results. As expected, total revenue for the three months ended March 31 was exceptionally strong – about $ 33 million per hour in sales. Financials Revenues increased, but net revenues declined from year to year, with the company attributing to increased product acquisition costs and high … Read more In the middle of Covid-19, Amazon's Q1 2020 earnings confirm e-commerce dominance

Alternative sources of funding for the Covid-19 crisis

The Paycheck Protection Program, the United States federal initiative to provide loans to small businesses, has mostly failed to reach its intended recipients. There is not enough money, and loans to date have often gone to large companies. The second round has problems because the Small Business Administration website can't handle the volume of requests. … Read more Alternative sources of funding for the Covid-19 crisis

Use Google Analytics to respond to Covid-19

The coronavirus-induced change in shopping behavior has been a boon for some online shoppers and a bust for others. The impact depends on products, geography and marketing channels. Google Analytics can identify pandemic-related problems and opportunities for your business. I explain this post. Current status Most traders are aware of daily revenue. Sales of groceries … Read more Use Google Analytics to respond to Covid-19

The effects of Covid-19 on 2020 start-up investments, IPOs

The initial public offers underperformed during the latter half of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. That set the stage for an undesirable climate afterwards. Then came Covid-19. The start of the pandemic in China at the end of December resulted in a private investment crisis in the country, as January and February decreased … Read more The effects of Covid-19 on 2020 start-up investments, IPOs

Covid-19 accelerates change for B2B distributors

Last year, in "How to Prosper as a B2B Distribute", I addressed the urgent need for wholesale distributors to develop. I explained the need to migrate to a self-service digital shopping experience, where buyers can find, evaluate and order products at any time. The experience can include live chat for instant customer service, detailed specifications, … Read more Covid-19 accelerates change for B2B distributors

How Covid-19 affects British companies

It is not surprising that many e-commerce companies in the UK have reported increased sales during the pandemic. This is mainly within the so-called "essential" and do-it-yourself areas. However, sales of fashion, clothing and luxury goods have decreased. Time will tell if these trends continue. Delivery periods in the UK have increased. Even Amazon Prime … Read more How Covid-19 affects British companies

Covid-19 grants, loans can help e-commerce companies

Grants and loans from the US government, state and local governments, Facebook and Google can help small businesses during the economic downturn of Covid-19. Coronavirus has damaged retail. A Digiday retail segment investigation released on March 30, 2020, "found that 40 percent of top execs expect to have layoffs because of the crisis." Not long … Read more Covid-19 grants, loans can help e-commerce companies

Free e-commerce service providers for Combat Covid-19

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. Free program … Read more Free e-commerce service providers for Combat Covid-19