Pandemic forces small business to innovate

Three years of innovation has occurred in the space of just three months due to lockdown, according to a new report.

More than half a million businesses have changed or are altering their operating model, with a fifth of those surveyed by “Be The Business” introducing new services. 

Be The Business chief executive Tony Danker, who joins the CBI as director-general in November, said that the innovation seen over the past three months was “testament to the tenacity and latent entrepreneurial spirit of British business in the face of hostile economic conditions”. 

He credited the innovation of businesses for the early signs of an economic recovery, saying that the study “shows that a quick and strong recovery is down to the choices that business owners make in the next few months. We must give them cause to choose ambition over fear.”

However, the report highlights continuing concerns from businesses about

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Edited Transcript of UHAL earnings conference call or presentation 28-May-20 3:00pm GMT

RENO Jul 1, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Amerco earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 3:00:00pm GMT

Zacks Investment Research, Inc. – Senior Special Situations Analyst

* James R. Wilen

Wilen Investment Management Corp. – President and Chief Compliance Officer

Good day, and welcome to the AMERCO Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Year-end Investor Conference Call and Webcast. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Sebastien Reyes. Please go ahead.

Good morning, and thank you for joining us today. Welcome to the AMERCO Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Year-End Investor Call.

Before we begin, I’d like to remind everyone that certain statements during this call, including, without limitation, statements regarding revenue, expenses, income and general growth of our business may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A … Read More

Sports Brands Need to Take Risks to Boost Business

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Plain vanilla is the kiss of death.

Sporting goods brands and retailers need to be willing to take some risks in their design and merchandising to lure consumers to buy.

“A plain vanilla assortment means boring and the same as last year,” said Matt Powell, vice president and senior industry analyst for NPD Group. “There’s no surer way to kill a retail business.”

So despite fears that have come to the forefront during the pandemic that are causing companies to want to play it safe, Powell said they need to “take some risk and offer a provocative and exciting assortment.”

Powell made those comments as part of a webinar titled “Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery” for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association Tuesday afternoon.

Over the past few months, sports apparel and footwear have performed better than many

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Reddit is a haven for kinky people who’ve struggled to escape real-life discrimination and online censorship

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  • Reddit is home to hundreds of NSFW and sexual kink communities that allow users to share experiences, ask for advice, and meet like-minded people in a non-judgmental space.

  • Before Reddit was founded in 2005, queer people created online communities using dial-up chat rooms. One of the earliest known is net.motss, which was created in 1983.

  • As Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have shut down “adult content,” Reddit has become known as the most sex-positive mainstream social media platform.

  • In a world where sex education falls short and largely ignores marginalized people, Reddit’s kink communities also act as an educational tool.

  • This story is part of a series commemorating Reddit’s 15th anniversary.

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“Opening the doors

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Edited Transcript of CMCM.N earnings conference call or presentation 10-Jun-20 12:00pm GMT

Beijing Jun 30, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Cheetah Mobile Inc earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:00:00pm GMT

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – IR Director

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – Chairman of the Board & CEO

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – CFO

Good Day, and welcome to the Cheetah Mobile First Quarter 2020 Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please note, this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Helen Zhu, Investor Relations Director of Cheetah Mobile. Please go ahead, ma’am.

Jing Zhu, Cheetah Mobile Inc. – IR Director [2]

Thank you, operator. Welcome to Cheetah Mobile’s First Quarter Conference Call. With us today are our company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Fu Sheng; and Mr. Thomas Ren, our company’s CFO. Following management’s prepared remarks, we will conduct the Q&A section. Before we begin, I refer you to the safe harbor statement … Read More

7 steps to recession-proof your small business

Blame COVID-19: the US officially entered a recession in February. I suspect that’s not news to you and your small business, as small businesses have been on the front line of this downturn, struggling to survive. In fact, since the shut-down, it’s estimated that over 100,000 small businesses have closed their doors for good.

I don’t want you to be one of them, so there are ways to help ‘recession-proof’ your small business.

1.     Get the word out to ‘shop small, shop local.’ In response to COVID, customers want to help their favorite small businesses succeed, but at any time, it’s critical to educate consumers about the importance of small businesses to their community. Work together with other small businesses in your community or industry to create special events, discounts, rewards. Right now, you can give American Express cardholders even more motivation to ‘shop small,’ as American Express announced on

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Online aftersales consult offered by AC Motors

AC Motors, the automotive and motorcycle arm of AC Industrials, has recently launched their latest program to ensure aftersales needs of their customers are well-attended.

Dubbed as Master Mechanics, the AC Motors’ online consultation platform is to cater to the aftersales needs for all the six brands that they are handling, namely Honda, Isuzu, Volkswagen, KTM, Kia and Maxus.

The Master Mechanics helpdesk online services cover the following general concerns: vehicle care (battery maintenance, proper vehicle storage, among others); do-it-yourself maintenance advisory; basic warranty policies; inquiries on car and motorcycle features; dealer information and services; accessories; product and brand-specific questions; and, guided basic checks.

Available via e-mail, Facebook and mobile SMS, around 40 veteran aftersales managers and advisors are pooled to provide a customer-centric, one-stop aftersales consultation service appropriate to the current situation.

The said team consists of only the best advisors from the six brands with decades

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Edited Transcript of 6098.T earnings conference call or presentation 27-May-20 8:00am GMT

Chiyoda-ku Tokyo-to Jun 30, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Recruit Holdings Co Ltd earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 8:00:00am GMT

Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. – Corporate Executive Officer

Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. – President, CEO & Representative Director

Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. – IR Executive

Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division – Analyst

Mizuho Shen, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. – IR Executive [1]

Welcome to Recruit Holdings Fiscal Year 2019 Earnings Conference Call. I am Shen from IR office. Speakers today are Masumi Minegishi, President and CEO; and Junichi Arai, Executive Officer of Capital Market Strategies. Minegishi will briefly go through fiscal year 2019 results we announced at 3:00 p.m. and then proceed to Q&A.

This call is simultaneously translated from the original call in Japanese, and translation is provided for the convenience of investors only.

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Yandex’s Lockdown Delivery Pivot Is Morphing Into a New Business

(Bloomberg) — Russian technology firm Yandex NV found an opportunity at the height of the pandemic — repurposing its army of ride-hailing drivers to provide deliveries in a country where logistics options are scarce. The venture was a success and the company will make its pivot permanent.

Yandex, which also operates the nation’s largest internet search engine, is targeting 1 million daily deliveries in the near future, Daniil Shuleyko, head of the Yandex.Taxi unit, said in an interview.

Unlike in the U.S. or U.K., Russian retailers’ delivery operations were very limited when the pandemic shut down storefronts earlier this year. For example Dixy Group, one the country’s biggest grocery store chains, didn’t have its own service to transport goods to customers, and had only just started to experiment with third-party providers when the pandemic hit.

“The coronavirus has accelerated Russian consumers’ transition to online shopping, and more of them now

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Ban on Wirecard’s UK payments business lifted

The UK’s financial watchdog has lifted restrictions on German payments company Wirecard, allowing it to resume payment activities.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed restrictions on the company’s UK arm after its collapse last week.

Thousands of people could not access their money or make payments through apps as a result.

“Our primary objective all along has been to protect the interests and money of consumers,” the FCA said.

Customers should now, or very shortly, be able to use their cards as usual.

Christopher Woolard, the FCA’s interim chief executive, told the BBC’s Today programme the FCA had “imposed very strict conditions” on Wirecard’s UK subsidiary based in Newcastle, which had knock-on effects for about 70 payments firms.

“When we did that we were acutely conscious that there are some really vulnerable people who rely on those services for example to get benefits payments paid to them,” he said.


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