Retailers, let’s face it… the coronavirus has not been fun for most merchants. With brick and mortar stores across the country having to shut their doors unexpectedly and online sellers wondering how to keep their employees and customers alike safe from COVID-19 through shipping best practices, there is A LOT to consider. Despite this unexpected chaos, however, there are opportunities to help your unique business overcome challenges and push ahead despite coronavirus induced challenges.
To help, Retail Minded is sharing “RETAIL MINDED APPROVED” resources to help your one-of-a-kind businesses move forward.
Below are just a few of the approved resources to help you overcome the challenges brought on by COVID-19. For a full directory of our resources available to merchants, click here where you will find routinely updated resources uniquely available in response to COVID-19 .This list includes many FREE resources from industry leading companies as well as approved action guides from retail consultants and trusted advisors. Be sure to check this guide often as it will continue to be updated.
PROTECTIVE WINDOW / COUNTER SHIELDS
Gripple Protective Shield Solution
As our government has introduced measures to protect the public from COVID-19, many retailers are taking additional precautions to protect employees and customers by installing suspended protective shields in stores. These are installed at check-out locations and offer a transparent screen between the cashier and the customer. The shield comes ready-to-hang, is easy to suspend, and no tools are needed.
BigCommerce empowers businesses to turn digital transformation into a competitive advantage by providing a software-as-a-service ecommerce platform that simplifies the creation of beautiful and engaging online stores. To help merchants experiencing unexpected hardships related to COVID-19, BigCommerce is offering 3 months free for all new Standard, Plus or Pro plans. As always, merchants will have 24/7 access to BigCommerce experts and resources through our support team, community forum, video tutorials and help center. Learn more at: https://www.bigcommerce.com/covid19/
Now more than ever small businesses are looking for ways to save money, and we can help. With Refund Retriever, you can make all your shipping expenses as lean as possible by reducing your current FedEx or UPS costs. Any domestic or express package (even ground) delivered even 60 seconds late entitles you to a full refund… among other ways to save! Refund Retriever has been providing businesses with complete logistics visibility and savings through FedEx and UPS invoice auditing, reports and analytics, and contract negotiations since 2006. Through Refund Retriever’s sophisticated technology, shippers gain real-time insight when money is owed to their accounts – as well as clarity to their entire shipping spend. Whether you’re introducing shipping to your business for the first time or already have shipping incorporated into your sales strategy, this is an opportunity you can’t ignore. The best part? It costs you nothing! We only get paid if you receive a refund. Too good to be true or the good news you’ve finally been waiting to hear? Learn more at www.refundretriever.com.
Crystal Media – led by industry social media leader Crystal Vilkaitis – understands that marketing a store can be overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start, what to do next, and there’s fear that your marketing efforts won’t pay off. But we also know that marketing a store can be easy, effective and fun – especially when you introduce a strong social media strategy to support your business. To help retailer’s achieve this, Crystal Media is giving a digital version of their 12-month social media planner away for FREE. This planner helps merchants plan and track their social media plus offers video training. Whether you are new to social media or want to strengthen your efforts, this is a not to miss FREE experience. For more information, click here: https://www.crystalmediaco.com/social-media-planner-digital/.