Local Merchants Are Hurting and Need Our Help

We were moving right along with a thriving economy and then it happened… Covid 19. Everything came to a screeching halt as we processed what we were experiencing and how we going to react. We kept getting mixed “opinions” on what to do and not do. In many cases, mandates were imposed like we have never experienced before.

Not only did it affect our lives in very significant ways, it has had a huge impact on smaller local businesses and their livlihoods. Some of the directives that came down from the federal, state and local governments, forced the population to basically stay home. Consequently, local retailers, restaurants, repair shops, hair salons, you name it, began feeling the squeeze. They weren’t seeing their usual flow of business and as a result, their livelihood and income took a severe hit. Some, unfortunately, just simply couldn’t hang on and had to close their business. Some, decided to close temporarily and just ride out the storm. Others,some of which had been family businesses for decades, ended up closing their doors for good. It’s a sad state of affairs and as you imagine, this situation has had its domino affects and hurt people in numerous ways.

We all know, and have heard of and likely experienced BLACK FRIDAY. This is the day after Thanksgiving and when the official Christmas shopping begins for most. It’s the day that many, if not most, businesses finally get into the black (profitable) and actually start making some money. But, not for the last couple years as most merchants, just haven’t gotten there. With us staying home for long periods of time, have changed a great majority of their shopping strategies and habits from getting up at oh dark thirty the day after turkey day to hopefully score on that special gift before the store runs out. But that’s changed dramatically as people started doing a great amount, if not all, of their shopping, online. The simplicity of doing so and the wide range of available “shops” became very enticing. I could shop from around the globe while sitting at home in my loungewear. Anybody with me? I’m confident that many of you reading this, did and are doing the same thing. Then one day recently, I went to our downtown area where most of the shopping would normally take place. Merchants had less inventory, shorter store hours and a need for employees. Nobody wanted to work after receiving all the financial help from the feds. These local merchants are still hurting even though we can get out and get around again. They stand in their businesses hoping some customers come in and at the very least, give them a chance at earning some of their business. They watch as one after another UPS or FedEx truck drives by delivering goods to their neighbors. So, how can we, as a population help? Get out there and begin and continue supporting our neighbors and friends and spend some money locally and encourage all your friends to do the same. Merchants are trying to figure out what they can do to survive. Some have developed new and improved websites to expand their reach of potential customers and that has helped some. But, others, based on their business type of products or services sold, simply can’t do that. So, consequently, they look internally and what they might do to cut costs and reduce overhead anywhere they can and we can’t help with that, but there is a simple way for them to get some relief by simply becoming aware of constantly changing ways of doing business and selling what they have to offer.

Pretty much all businesses out there, accept payment by credit/debit cards. It’s a necessary tool that needs to be offered to customers or, quite simply, you lose business to the competition. What has amazed me, after more than two decades in the Merchant Services business, how many business owners simply aren’t fully aware of what rates and other miscellaneous fees, they are paying for this “privilege” of accepting plastic. Quite often, when doing a statement analysis for a merchant, they hand me their statement still in the envelope with the comment of “yah, I don’t look at them because I don’t understand them”. This is a dangerous and costly approach to take. But, trust me, I understand. Our industry doesn’t have a stellar reputation as there are so many poorly trained reps that enter the business each year and don’t really know what they are doing and selling which is a huge disservice to merchants. After rent and employee costs, payment processing is typically the third largest expense and demands your close scrutiny and attention.

So, let me wrap this up by simply encouraging all merchants to get a detailed description and understanding of what and why you are paying what you are paying for this privilege. Don’t let up and get all your answers clearly explained. If your Merchant Services rep is still around (they typically don’t last very long because of the extensive competition) call them today and set the appointment. You simply can’t afford to wait.

Our industry is rapidly changing with new state-of-the-art technology that makes processing simpler, faster and more intuitive. Providers of these services, have also had to tighten their belts and offer more creative, less costly programs that you could benefit from but simply haven’t been exposed yet for personal consideration. You’ve got nothing to lose and, quite possibly, much to gain. What are you waiting for?

6 Tips for Packing When Moving Your House

When it comes to moving a house, we suggest that you follow some common but important packaging tips. In other words, if you follow these common hacks, you can save a great deal of time money, and energy. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some tips that can help you pack your desired items before they are loaded onto the truck. Read on to know more.

Labe the Items

This is an essential part of the moving process. It is not enough to place general labels on the boxes. What you need to do is label all of the moving boxes based on the content they contain. The label should clearly state what each box contains.

This is important when you are opening up the boxes and taking out all of the items one by one. Besides, it is a great way of keeping a record of all of the items, which will help you save a lot of time and energy.

Pack the Essentials

If some things are required immediately after all of the boxes are unloaded from the truck, make sure you put these items in special boxes. Some good examples of these items include your toothbrush and mobile phone chargers. Generally, this box should contain items that you use on a regular basis.

Pack your Important Items

When it comes to moving a house, make sure you place all of your important documents in the same box. Some examples of these documents include birth and marriage certificates. Make sure that all of these documents are safe and secure.

It is also a great idea to put all your personal documents such as passwords in your personal bag. After all, losing your passport can get you in trouble and make you suffer a lot of headaches.

Packing Heavy Items

As far as packing heavy items is concerned, you have to be much more careful. After all, you don’t want to end up dropping and damaging these items. Besides, carrying heavy items requires that you maintain your balance.

It is better that you hire the services of professional movers if you don’t want to end up damaging heavy items. Also, it is a good idea to place heavy items below all of the other items you have already packed. Also, you may not want to paste labels on all of the boxes that contain heavy and fragile items.

Packaging Fragile Items

As far as packing fragile items is concerned, make sure you be extra careful. It is a great idea to use bubble wraps for packing all of your fragile and expensive items. Once you have packed all of the items, you can stack them vertically to prevent breakage.

Packaging Toiletries

As far as packing cosmetics is concerned, you may want to use a hard cosmetic case. Apart from this, make sure you separate these things with great care. In other words, you need to separate creams and dry items.

Common Services Offered By A House Removal Company

If you have been looking for a reliable and experienced house removal service, you have landed on the best page. Hiring the services of an experienced and established company can help you make your move easier. The good news is that these companies offer a number of services, such as packing, loading, unloading, moving, transportation, and car carrier, just to name a few. If you hire a good service, you don’t need to worry about anything as far as relocating is concerned. The company will take care of all of the matters for you. Listed below is a detailed description of the types of services offered by a house removal service. Read on to find out more.

It is important to keep in mind that the company you have chosen may offer some or all of these services based on your budget and the type of company. So, this is important to keep in mind when looking for a good provider.

Packing

Packing is one of the most important services provided by these companies. The experienced professionals will pack your small or big items in different boxes to prevent damage. Apart from this, they can provide you with packing supplies, such as a stretch wrap, dish pack barrels, wardrobe boxes, and moving boxes.

Based on your needs, you can get the right supplies from the provider. This will help make sure the packing is done properly.

Full Service

As far as full service is concerned, it will include packing all of your domestic items in small or big boxes. While the packing is being done, you can keep an eye on the entire process.

Fragile Items

If you want to hire a service provider for packing your fragile items, you can go for the right company. Since these professionals have years of experience under their belt, they can use the best packing plan based on the type of fragile items you want to pack.

Self-Packing

If you know how to pack your items properly, you can ask the service provider to provide you with packing materials. Apart from this, they can also give you some packing tips to help you pack your stuff without making costly mistakes in the process.

Loading and Unloading

Good house removals offer loading and unloading services as well. They can load your boxes on the vehicle and will unload all of the stuff once the vehicle reaches your new house. After unpacking, they will take their boxes back to their office.

Storage

If you are not going to move to your house right away, you can ask the house removal to store your stuff for a couple of days or weeks depending upon your needs. They can provide you with storage space for an additional fee. These storage units are climate controlled, which means they can control the temperature inside the container to ensure your furniture and other expensive stuff do not get damaged due to the elements.

Long story short, this was a description of some of the most common services offered by a house removal company. Make sure you consider these services the next time you hire a good provider to cover your needs.