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How to Keep Orders Shipping Despite a Pandemic

How do you keep orders shipping during a global pandemic, possibly amid shelter-in-place orders from the government?  Today I talk with Aaron Rubin of ShipHero about how to navigate the complexities of ensuring your products get out the door in a COVID-19 world.

We discuss:

  • Sales and shipping numbers – how bad have merchants been hit?
  • How to understand if your warehouse can continue to run if your state or county has been locked down
  • Using FBM and 3PLs to hedge and continue shipping when your primary fulfillment source becomes unavailable

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The New Paid Leave Bill in 15 Minutes

This week the United States passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  While it provides some much-needed support to workers it also has some scary cashflow implications for small businesses.

You’ll learn:

  • How employers are responsible for paying for up to 14 weeks of paid leave for workers
  • The mechanics behind getting reimbursed by the government
  • Why this could cause a huge strain on your company’s cashflow and what to do about it

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News Cart for March 13th

Hey there,

What. A.  Week.

Lots of headlines about (you guessed it) coronavirus as well as an update on conference cancellations and reschedules.

Plus thoughts in the podcast version on the virus’ broader impact to eCommerce merchants and thoughts on the financial markets.

– Andrew

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In the News

Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Widespread Cancellations

U.S. Limits Travel From Europe, Taps SBA and Tax Deferrals to Stimulate Economy

  • Starting midnight Friday, the U.S. will restrict travel from most European countries for 30 days, with exceptions for U.S. citizens, legal residents and a few other groups
  • Goods and cargo are not subject to the ban, Trump later clarified
  • Trump instructed the SBA to issue low-interest loans and the Treasury to defer tax payments for  businesses affected by COVID-19

Amazon Blocks New Listings for Coronavirus Safety Gear Amid Price Gouging

  • Amazon no longer accepting applications to sell “disposable face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes/sprays, isopropyl alcohol or related products”
  • Existing listings will be removed if they appear to gouge shoppers in violation of the fair pricing policy

New Bill Could Make Amazon, eBay Liable for Counterfeits

  • The bipartisan SHOP SAFE Act, co-sponsored by four House members, would crack down on e-commerce companies that don’t do enough to police counterfeit sellers
  • Requires sites to adopt “best practices,” such as improved seller verification and faster takedown processes, or face contributory liability under trademark law
  • A copy of the full bill text can be found here, with a section-by-section analysis here

Mailchimp Acquires Business-Focused Courier

  • London-based Courier produces a bimonthly magazine, newspaper, podcast and events aimed at educating entrepreneurs and small businesses

Companies Step Up to Help Workers Affected by Coronavirus

Status of Upcoming eCommerce Conferences (as of 3/12)

Traffic and Conversion Summit
Status: POSTPONED
New Dates: TBD

B2B Online Chicago 2020
Status: Will proceed AS SCHEDULED
Dates: April 20 – 22, 2020

Sellers Summit 2020
Status: Will proceed AS SCHEDULED
Dates: May 6 – 8, 2020

SubSummit 2020
Status: Likely to be POSTPONED/MOVED ONLINE
Dates: May 27 – 29, 2020

IRCE RetailX Conference
Status: Will proceed AS SCHEDULED
Dates: June 9 – 11, 2020

Collision 2020
Status: Live events CANCELED
Dates for virtual conference: June 22 – 25

Grow NY 2020
Status: Will proceed AS SCHEDULED
Date: June 25, 2020

Prosper Show
Status: RESCHEDULED
New Dates: Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2020

Shoptalk
Status: RESCHEDULED
New Dates: Sept. 14 – 17, 2020

Adobe Summit and Magento Imagine
Status: Live events CANCELED
Dates for virtual conference: TBA

Shopify Unite 2020
Status: Live events CANCELED
Dates for possible virtual conference: TBA

DC Austin
Status: CANCELED

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My Favorite Books from the Last Year+

Today I am going to be doing something I have not done in years; a round up of all the books I have been reading. Books can be extremely helpful in business, whether it is helping you to plan your next move or calm your mind after a long day of work. In this episode, I will be explaining my favorite educational books as well as fiction or just plain interesting books. If you want to find out my favorite books over the past few years or you are just a bookworm yourself, this is the episode for you.

You’ll learn:

  • My favorite books over the past few years
  • The best books to grow your business
  • Several books about adventure
  • The importance of training your team members the way you want them to work

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