Business start-up& resource guide

| July 12, 2018

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This guide is authored by the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), a multi-campus center of The University of North Carolina System. It functions as The University’s business and technology extension service

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Is It Too Early To Buy Retail Stocks?

Article | March 29, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has been particularly lethal for the retail sector. The industry has been dealing with a variety of problems from store shutdowns to declines in tourism to a drop in demand for products considered non-essential. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF has fallen 25% this month, compared with a 14% decline for the S&P 500 Index. Before answering that question, we should take a look at the status of the current pandemic and its impact on the economy. Cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, have reached more than 600,000 worldwide. The U.S. now has the largest number of confirmed cases in the world, surpassing China and Italy. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, U.S. jobless claims surged to more than 3 million for the week ending March 21 a new record due to disruption from the outbreak, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Traffic to US retail stores has almost entirely vanished due to Covid-19

Article | March 29, 2020

At many malls and retail stores around the US, foot traffic has been in decline for some time. Even so, they’ve never seen anything like this. In a research note sent to clients today, investment firm Cowen and Company estimated total foot traffic to US retailers was down 97.6% for the week through March 27 compared to the same time last year. It has come to a “near complete halt,” Cowen said, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Many stores across the country are closed, of course, so shoppers couldn’t visit even if they wanted. Retailers have voluntarily shuttered stores to protect workers and help slow the virus’s spread. Simon Property Group, the largest mall owner in the US, closed its malls through at least the end of March.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Tablet POS Systems

Article | March 29, 2020

Have you been considering changing your current traditional POS to a tablet POS system? Well, one thing is for sure, you aren’t alone. More and more businesses are making the switch from the bulky point of sale systems to POS touchscreen monitors that offer more mobility. The traditional cash register is almost obsolete. As such, more retailers now trust cloud-based POS systems that run on smart devices like tablets and phones.

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NETWORK WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

Article | March 29, 2020

Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners! Our MPC20 conference is going virtual to keep you safe, but the content is more valuable than ever. As the world battles COVID-19, we turn our eyes toward mobility, risk mitigation, and virtual workplaces. Digital commerce is literally keeping most businesses in business. By registering now, you are guaranteeing your opportunity to hear from experts from many of the world’s largest brands including U.S. Bank, Zelle, Aliaswire, Pinterest, PAID, Heartland, Intel and IBM.

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