Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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Third-party vs. In-house Delivery: A Guide to Informed Choice

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Posted by MiriamEllis   Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker Before all else, gratitude to every delivery person, whether in-house or third party, doing the essential work of keeping households safer and supplied in these times. I’m dedicating today’s column to the manager of a nearby Sprouts grocery store who personally drove my order to my door when an Instacart driver just couldn’t get the job done. If your business or clients are weighing whether to fulfill delivery in-house or partner with a third party, my small experience is an apt footnote to the huge, emergent debate over last-mile fulfillment options. I’d searched all over town for scarce potatoes, finally arranging by phone with the local Sprouts market to hold their last two bags for me one morning, and texting the Instacart driver about where the spuds were being held. Next: For whatever reason, the driver chose not to retrieve them, …

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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The startup that saved the restaurant industry in the nick of time

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Restaurant reservations startup Tock was on a mission to restore the advantage to restaurants and small businesses when the pandemic hit. Turns out, the company was just getting started. Nick Kokonas, CEO of the restaurant reservations platform Tock, is meeting a handful of new employees over Zoom for the first time. The latest hires of his rapidly growing Chicago-based company are tuning in from their apartments. He’s logging in from a house in Lake Tahoe that he’s rented for a few weeks in January in an attempt to take a vacation after an extraordinarily busy year. Read Full Story

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SiteGround Review

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. SiteGround is one of the most popular web hosting providers out there. Over two million website users trust SiteGround for their hosting needs. They offer a wide range of hosting options, plans at different price points, and phenomenal customer support. Whether you’re a small blog, medium-sized business, or large online store, SiteGround has an option for you. In a nutshell, SiteGround is a host that your business can grow with, which is pretty darn important. SiteGround Compared to The Best WordPress Web Hosts SiteGround fares exceptionally well against other products in its category . It’s without a doubt a key contender for top web hosting for WordPress services. But what I love most about it is that they’re both extremely scalable and dedicated to supporting your WordPress website. Whether …

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Best Video Conferencing Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Video conferencing software has exploded in popularity over the last year. With people working from home and remote work becoming the new normal, businesses rely on video conferencing services to communicate. But not all video conferencing software is the same. The tools you use to video chat with your friends and family across the across aren’t necessarily the best business communication options. Which video conferencing software is the best for you? I’ll break down my top picks in greater detail below. The Top 6 Options For Video Conferencing Software BlueJeans Cisco Webex Lifesize Whereby RingCentral GlobalMeet by PGI How to Choose the Best Video Conferencing For You As you’re shopping around and evaluating different options, there are certain criteria that must be taken into consideration. Keep these factors in …

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Best Time Clock Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. The days of the paper punch cards and physical time clocks are fading in the rearview mirror. But time clock software isn’t just a less clunky alternative to the physical clock. It saves companies time by eliminating all the processing of individual cards. It makes managing remote workers and teams easier and more streamlined. It alleviates human error and prevents employees from attempting to game the system. And it makes running payroll a breeze since everyone’s info is all in the same place. When you’re ready to implement time clock software for your company, choosing the best one will be easy with our list of the top seven time clock software options. The Top 7 Time Clock Software Options Homebase – Best Free Software ClockInEasy – Simplest Solution TimeClockPlus …

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Supporting Small Business Saturday with 2020-Conscious Marketing

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: Elvert Barnes “Conscious spending with the community can contribute to neighborhood sustainability.” — Christine Araquel, The Park’s Finest I encountered this quote from a restauranteur on the American Express Small Business Saturday website , and just these few words called a vivid image to my mind: local business owners and customers gazing together toward the horizon, hoping to pierce the clouds of COVID-19 and see them clearing away, revealing communities that are still standing, and still capable of sustaining our hometowns, our cities, and our dreams. 72% of consumers believe they will frequent neighboring businesses more after the crisis is over, but that will take all of us doing our part now to ensure as many SMBs are still there to greet us when better days return. In Q4 of 2019, I used my column to encourage local business owners to start having meaningful conversations …

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Hospitals are starting to deploy their own coronavirus tests

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With coronavirus tests in short supply and high demand, Johns Hopkins University has launched a homegrown test. Additional labs hope to have them soon. On Friday, Johns Hopkins University announced it had successfully developed a test for COVID-19. The health system says it is currently able to process 50 tests per day. It plans to handle 180 a day by Monday, and hopes to ramp up to 1,000 a day over the next three weeks. Read Full Story

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How do you practice social distancing in an Amazon warehouse?

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Amazon is hiring 100,000 new workers, but it has not provided many details about how it will keep them safe. It’s only week one of what is likely to be a long period of isolation and quarantine, and Amazon has already seen a spike in orders. In fact, it’s struggling to keep up. So the company announced that it is ramping up hiring, creating 100,000 new roles in its fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge of demand. Read Full Story

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