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Restaurant and Hospitality Rebound? Demand for Dining Set to Surge Post Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense harm to many industries. Many places are unable to open, and the ones that can open are doing so with significant restrictions. There’s also the concern of people not feeling comfortable returning to certain public places for fear of the spread of COVID-19. The restaurant and hospitality industry has …

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Smart Tech Keeps Convenience Stores Relevant as Industry Declines

As the pandemic continues and more people turn to online shopping versus running into local convenience stores, the industry has seen a decline of almost 2 percent since 2019. Consumer spending habits changed drastically as everyone tries to stay safe. Fortunately, smart tech helps keep convenience stores relevant in society by thinking outside the box …

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COVID-19 Payment Trends Are Here to Stay, Says Visa

As we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, it’s apparent that the latest payment trends that took place at swift speeds are here to stay. The most common changes businesses are implementing include contactless payments, ‘buy now, pay later’ options, and increased security protection. In short, small and micro businesses need to cater to …

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More Consumers Want to Use Venmo at Retail Stores

Venmo started as a fun way for peers to pay one another, but it’s quickly becoming the payment method of choice at retailers too. Venmo has become a household brand – it’s the brand consumers trust when paying friends and family, and now they want retailers to use it too. While contactless payment options are …

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Direct-to-Consumer Brands Flourished in 2020, 2021 Looks Even More Promising

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for a whole lot of industries, and in fact, some have yet to recover from the hurt inflicted. However, the previous year has unexpectedly accelerated the growth of some sectors, including the direct-to-consumer (D2C) markets. 2020 witnessed a sudden shift in the consumers’ behaviors, preferences, and purchasing patterns, compelling …

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Installment Plans Gain Traction Among Consumers, Predicted to Grow in 2021

The pandemic has been hard on almost all business owners and consumers across the world. With people losing their jobs and expenses rising, millions of consumers have been going through a financial crisis for the last 10-12 months. Such wide economic gaps are compelling buyers to trim their shopping lists and finding better ways to …

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Restaurants Feeling the Negative Effects of the Pandemic as Winter Approaches

More than 100,000 restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic and as many as 40% of restaurant owners don’t think their restaurant will make it through the winter if things continue the way they are going according to the National Restaurant Association. The pandemic isn’t just affecting independent restaurants either. Chain restaurants are …

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Chinese Fintech Firm, Ant Group, Forced to Postpone Record IPO

China made a surprising decision when they postponed Ant Group Co.’s IPO. The decision caused Hong Kong shares to plummet and made investors wonder about the financial future of the fintech company. The postponement came after a meeting between one of Ant’s founder and Chinese regulators. The Shanghai Stock Exchange also removed the company from …

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COVID19 Drives Adoption of Contactless Payments and Curbside Pickup

Today, shopping retail and even picking up food at a restaurant looks different. Most customers prefer contactless payments and curbside pickup. They are the norm – they are expected. Contactless payments are just one more way to reduce the risk of sharing the virus. With less cash flowing around, the risk lessens, especially when consumers …

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This Proposal Would Allow Businesses to Get another PPP Loan

Congress has expressed interest in approving the next round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. If this happens, small businesses can expect a wave of help coming their way. Following the approval, The Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act is a source of funding for small businesses. Businesses that employ less than 100 people can apply …

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Contactless Payment Trends in 2020 – Apple Pay, Google Pay, NFC, and More

Amidst the global pandemic, many countries are resuming the routine life and easing the lockdown. However, recent studies have shown that around half of the US population is still worried about their health and how shopping, eating, and social interaction can affect it. Therefore, many businesses and shoppers are more inclined to make contactless payments, …

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How Is COVID-19 Transforming E-Commerce Merchants?

How Is COVID-19 Transforming E-Commerce Merchants? There is no doubt COVID-19 has redefined our life, and its impact could, presumably, last for years. The way we socialize, work, and function has rapidly changed, and so has our buying behavior. Online shopping has become the new norm as consumers are finding it safer and more reliable. …

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Lenders Dealing with Emerging PPP Loan Fraud

Last month, a bank in Rhode Island bank was given an application for a $144,050 loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP is an enormous federal effort that is designated to assist many small businesses that are severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This PPP loan application was made on behalf of a restaurant …

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