Covid-19: Nothing Like A Little Retail Therapy To Help Pass The Hours.

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There is nothing like a little retail therapy to help pass the hours.

You want to sell your products and services to homebound customers during the Coronavirus Pandemic! Doing so requires being sensitive to the reality of the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the world, the stock market plunged and many of the world’s businesses closed, there is still hope: “Customers are going online!”

My best advice to you: keep posting to capture this demand while using a softer approach to drive shopping. For every five posts, you make just make sure that two of them are relatable about life at home. This approach creates a softer sell in your feed while continuing to provide guidance to your followers during this time of pandemic.

And don’t forget: Staying In is So In!

Michel Ouellette, ll.l., ll.m.

Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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The Birth of a Pandemic: Inside the first months of the coronavirus outbreak

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The Huanan seafood wholesale market in central Wuhan is that kind of place where people often caught colds.Vendors start setting up their displays as early as 03:00 a.m., cleaning and preparing produces for the customers that will soon be there early morning.

The sprawling market of more than twenty streets spanned two sides of a main road in an upscale neighbourhood of the commercial district of Hankou. Racks of meat are hung on hooks or dropped out on plastic mats. Workers walk around selling everything from live poultry to seafood and cooking ingredients. It is a crowded but clean market.

In mid-December 2019, when one of the workers felt unwell, he thought little of it. He stayed home to rest but after losing over ten pounds in just a few days, he decided to go to a general hospital for a basic check-up. From there, on December 19, he was sent and admitted in an hospital specializing in the treatment of infectious diseases.

This worker could not have known then that he was among the first cases of a new, highly contagious coronavirus that would soon kill more than 2,500 people in his city and engulf the world.

He thought he had a cold.

In early November and December 2019, the number of coronavirus infections began cropping up in Wuhan and, it is only in late January 2020 that the Chinese authorities informed the public that the virus could pass between humans.

Human-to-human transmission

By the end of December 2019, word had gotten out in Wuhan about a mystery illness.

On December 30, internet users circulated screenshots of a WeChat conversation, in which a doctor at Wuhan Red Cross hospital, warned his colleagues of confirmed cases of a contagious coronavirus at another hospital. “Wash your hands! Face masks! Gloves!” the doctor wrote.

That same day, on December 30, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital told a WeChat group that seven people at his hospital had contracted what he believed to be SARS, the outbreak that killed more than six hundred people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03.

Also on December 30 , an “urgent notice” from the Wuhan Health Commission warning of “successive cases of unknown pneumonia” was leaked and posted online. The statement ordered hospitals to “strengthen responsible leadership” and ensure that no one “disclose information to the public without authorisation.”

Under growing pressure, on December 31, the Wuhan Health Commission, in its first official notice about the virus, said that researchers were investigating twenty-seven cases of viral pneumonia.

There is “no obvious evidence of human-to-human transmission,” the statement said, describing the outbreak as linked to the seafood market and assuring the public that all patients had been quarantined and their contacts placed under observation. “The disease is preventable and controllable,” it added.

A day later, on January 1, the Huanan seafood market was closed and Wuhan’s Public Security bureau announced that eight people had been “punished” for spreading rumours.

Authorities also tasked hospitals to screen for pneumonia cases linked to the market and it wasn’t until January 20 that vendors in the market were asked to submit to temperature checks and blood tests.

Things are getting out of control

Across the Yangtze River, some 6 kilometres away, people who had never been to the market were falling sick and things went rapidly out of control. By the time officials revealed the infectiousness of the virus, hospitals in Wuhan were already overwhelmed and the numbers increased after the announcement.

On January 23, in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people was placed under lockdown.

Surrounding areas followed, putting a total of more than 50 million people under de-facto home quarantine and by February 19, in the death toll from the virus had passed 2,000.

The rest is history.

Today, while China and Wuhan are coming back to life, most countries of the world are fighting a global pandemic that may have easily been avoided. In the western word, people are dying by the hundreds of thousands and the Global Economy is crashing down.

Large corporations will most certainly survive but what about the small businesses? What about your own business?

The global dramatic economic slowdown is already disrupting trade flows and creating unemployment that will damage our society at levels that are hard to forecast and grim to contemplate. What does it means for you?

The reality is that we are now facing a Global Economic Recession. The Covid-19 pain will long persist after all social distancing measures and lockdowns end.

Undercapitalized businesses affected by the shutdowns now realize a grim reality: Recovery will not be that easy! In these difficult times, for the duration of the pandemic .

Michel Ouellette, ll.l., ll.m.

Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

For the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic,

JMD Systemics offers you, a 25% discount on all its services.

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The Global Coronavirus Crisis Is Poised to Get Much, Much Worse

What happens when the pandemic strikes nations of millions of people?

In some places in Canada, the United States and other developed countries hit hard by Covid-19, the question is when might it become possible to start getting back to work. For much of the rest of the world, the nightmare is yet to start.

If the disease spreads in densely packed urban centers in fragile states, it may be virtually impossible to control. The dramatic economic slowdown already underway will disrupt trade flows and create unemployment that will do damage at levels that are hard to forecast and grim to contemplate.”

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Business Growth Strategist

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Covid-19 Economic Pain Will Persist Long After Lockdowns End

This will be a slow process

Many are predicting that economy will skyrocket once stay-at-home orders and other restrictions are lifted. But most economists say activity is likely to remain subdued amid worries about the virus.

“It’s just going to be a very long and slow recovery until such time as there is a therapeutic solution or a vaccine.”

Companies affected by the shutdowns say restarting the economy will not be that easy.

So do a wide variety of economic and survey data, which suggest that the economy will recover slowly even after the government begins to ease limits on public gatherings and allow certain shuttered restaurants and shops to reopen.

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Business Growth Strategist

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

JMD Systemics is her to help.

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We Are Now Facing a World Global Economic Recession

Expect a “U-shaped” Recovery

Nearly all leading fund managers expect the world economy to contract this year. That is according to Bank of America’s monthly survey of investors, just released, which found that 93% investors expect a global recession in 2020. 52% of investors expect a “U-shaped” recovery from Covid-19, meaning a sharp slump, then a period of stagnation, before a recovery.

Not a surprise!

Some 22% expect a W-shaped recovery, while just 15% see a V-shaped bounce-back.

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning | Crisis & Reputation Management | Business Growth Strategist

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

JMD Systemics is her to help.

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Facing the Covid-19 Business Disruption

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With the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, not to mention natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, business continuity management has quickly come to the forefront as more and more enterprises are being forced to invoke their disaster recovery plans.

If concerns for business survival, damaged reputation, and eroding investor confidence are not enough to convince you it is time to get on the bandwagon, then how about the growing pressure from government regulations?

JMD Systemics, a division of King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, offers you seven concrete steps they can take to ensure that your business or corporation is amply prepared to face any disruption ahead.

Step 1: Be proactive rather than reactive.

Being proactive rather than reactive is always cheaper in the long run. Work through the possible disaster scenarios ahead of time so that you have an idea of what might happen to your business or company operations and what steps you will need to take to counteract the disruption.

You are going to spend a lot less money when the real disaster hits because you will have all your ducks in a row. Think about implementing an enterprise-wide virus prevention package now. This will be less expensive than either trying to restore your operations or trying to rebuild your business later on.

Step 2: Make your business continuity plan part of your change management culture.

Do not leave your plan gathering dust on the back shelf. It needs to be a living document to remain viable. If business models change or business processes undergo reengineering or key emergency contacts no longer work for the organization, your plan needs to be updated.

Business continuity management needs to become part of your corporate culture, part of your change management process.

When changes occur, every employee needs to automatically ask themselves how it changes their part of the business continuity plan. With greater emphasis on regulatory compliance, it is not enough to have a plan and policies in place. You have to demonstrate that they are workable.

Step 3: Aim for the quickest recovery you can afford.

When disaster strikes your company, your competitors will jump at the chance to fill the void. A strong business continuity plan will ensure that you do not lose market share in the event of a disruption. Especially if yours is a Web-based operation, you need to get up and running again as fast as possible.

Business impact analysis is one of the key components for determining if your business continuity plan is workable. Look closely at your recovery procedures and see how long it will really take you to get back up and running following a disruption.

Step 4: Routinely test your plan to keep it current.

Test, test and test. The tests you do today may be critical to your business or company’s survival. It is all part of making sure that your plan stays current. Those tests can be as simple as asking yourself a few well-pointed questions:

  • Is our crisis management procedures manual readily accessible to all employees?

  • Have we looked at it lately to make sure that the contact-in-case-of-emergency phone list is current?

  • Do we know when to call in local authorities and who has the authority to make that decision?

  • How well do we control vendor and visitor access to our business place(s)?

  • Are our security procedures reflect what we really expect our employees to do in an emergency?

Step 5: Tailor your business continuity investments to likely threats and key priorities.

It is all about balancing protection against costs and survival. Recent events have made us think of Covid-19 as our foremost threat, but there are many other threats that are far more commonplace: employee or non-employee workplace violence, labor actions and disputes, cyberattacks (including computer viruses and denial of service), hoaxes, and industrial espionage. Your plan needs to focus on those issues most likely to cause disruption.

While employees are considered a business or company’s greatest asset, they can also be its biggest threat. Eighty percent of business disruptions are caused by employees, whether maliciously or accidentally.

It could be deliberate sabotage, such as e-mailing a competitor your vendor list. Or it could be simple carelessness in leaving confidential company information at the shared printer for anyone to see. It is important to instill awareness into employees as to how their actions can impact and disrupt normal operations.

Physical plant security is another issue to consider. Does the physical security plan include instructions for contacting local fire, police, and rescue authorities? Do employees know where to report for work in case their usual facility is unavailable? Do you have technology in place to allow them to work from home? Can another facility provide space and resources in the event of a disaster at either one location or your main business place?

It is important to realize that it is neither possible nor cost effective to try to protect everything. You need to examine your operations and determine what you really need to survive. Can you fall back to data that is more than a week old? Or is it vital that certain information be backed up every two hours? How many employees need to be trained in redundant skills should another facility or department be put out of commission? How vulnerable to drastic workforce reductions are you?

Step 6: Check that all your plan components sync with each other.

To effectively respond to a business disruption, your business continuity plan needs to incorporate all the components required for your successful recovery: your data, your workforce, your facilities, your networks, even your vendors and suppliers. You must have procedures in place to ensure that events occur in the right sequence to get you back up and running as promptly as possible. It is a delicate balance, but a crucial one.

It does not help to have backup data with nowhere to restore it, or have a place to restore it but no way to connect to it. Closely examine your recovery procedures to guarantee that all the elements of the plan truly work in sync with each other.

Remember that your vendors and business partners are integral participants in your business continuity plan too. There is a growing trend among enterprises to insist that vendors demonstrate the viability of their own business continuity plans as a contingency of doing business with them.

Public reaction can sometimes make or break your recovery, too. If you have employees speaking to the media about a disaster, make sure they are trained in media relations. Otherwise, they may inadvertently say something that could create a competitive disadvantage, erode customer confidence, or place the company in a compromising situation.

Step 7: Be cognizant of how regional disasters can dictate priorities.

Let’s face it: In case of a flood, hurricane, or other regional disaster, getting a factory or a retail store up and running is going to take a back seat to hospitals, police, fire stations, and other facilities focused on citizen safety and security. Know your local emergency response organization and what actions they are likely to take during a response so that you can plan accordingly.

When building your contingency plan, think about alternate locations that can pick up the workload outside the affected region. Do not put your disaster recovery solution too close to your main operation. And make sure the alternate location is on a different power grid from the disaster site.

When looking at business continuity, do not think of it as a plan that you review once a year. Business continuity management needs to become ingrained in your corporate culture. It is amazing how little it costs to change the corporate mindset and how big the potential payoff can be in the case of preparedness for disaster.

Do not to spend more money than you really need to. Weigh protection costs against your company’s ability to survive the disaster or business disruption. Do not feel you have to protect everything. And rehearse the plan on a regular basis.

While the goal of a business continuity plan is to get you back up and running as quickly as possible, your vigilance and diligence before the fact may even help you prevent some disasters and business disruptions from ever occurring.

Be vigilant and remember:

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The COVID-19 Implications for Your Business

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The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a growing impact on the global economy. This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies.

The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the perspectives in this article may fall rapidly out of date. This article reflects our perspective as of April 1st, 2020. We will update it regularly as the outbreak evolves.

The pandemic continues to expand

Some geographies have a handful of cases, others with early community transmission have a few hundred, and those with uncontrolled, widespread transmission have tens of thousands. Governments have launched unprecedented public-health and economic responses. The situation evolves by the day. Businesses and society can and must take on both spheres of action, right away. Businesses and companies need to think and act across five horizons.

1.- Resolve

Address the immediate challenges that COVID-19 represents to institutions, workforce, customer, technology and business partners.

2.- Resilience

Address near-term cash-management challenges and broader resiliency issues during virus-related shutdowns and economic knock-on effects.

3.- Return

Create detailed plan to return business to scale quickly as COVID-19 situation evolves and knock-on effects become clearer.

4.- Reimagination

Reimagine the next normal: what a discontinuous shift looks like and implications for how institutions should reinvent.

5.- Reform

Be clear about how regulatory and competitive environment in industry may shift.

Collectively, these five stages represent the imperative of our time: the battle against COVID-19 is one that leaders today must win if we are to find an economically and socially viable path to the next normal.

Again, this article reflects our perspective as of April 1st, 2020 and we will update it as the outbreak evolves.

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Conducting A Profitable Business During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully, you and your business are not affected by the Coronavirus and there is no need for you to read that posting. But, maybe do you know someone or a business that is and desperately looking for assistance.

As you most certainly being aware of, the Coronavirus has now hit every continent except Antarctica. As the Covid-19 virus spreads, the risk of a local, national and global recession increases and many analysts are further downgrading their forecasts for the Global Economy.

The outbreak is taking a growing toll on every business and, believe me, “The Worst Is Yet to Come”.

As the founder and owner of JMD Systemics, a division of King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, I can most certainly help you minimize the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on your business.

Free of charge, here are Three Steps To Take Now To Prepare for The Covid-19 Possible Disruption Of Your Business and Seven Solutions To Help Your Business Navigate the Covid-19 Economic Uncertainty.

You want to know more!

For immediate assistance or to see how I can further help you minimize the disruptive effects of Covid-19 on your business, do not hesitate to contact me via Skype for an initial “FREE” Consultation.

Furthermore, do not hesitate to forward this email to anyone you know that may be experiencing difficulties and is desperately looking for help.

Above everything else: BE SAFE!

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Seven Solutions to Help Your Business Navigate COVID-19, Economic Uncertainty

Seven simple steps to protect your cash flow and working capital in challenging times

The COVID-19 virus is just the latest example of how quickly disruption to your business can happen. The current market upheaval in response is a strong reminder of why it is important to be prepared for economic uncertainty.

Regardless of how well your company is positioned to adjust financially in the days ahead, there are steps you can take even now to make sure you are better prepared to navigate the uncertainty of tomorrow—whatever it may hold.

Below are a few options for your business to consider quickly:

1. Make sure you have trusted backup support

Most banks like Umpqua are well prepared from a planning standpoint to keep your business going when major disruption occurs. The question for many businesses is whether they have planned thoroughly enough on their end. If the employee in charge of critical banking transactions is out sick or quarantined, for example, does someone else have system access and authorization to conduct transactions. Given the current volatility of public health, now is the time to make sure there is backup for key employees and that those with essential functions have reinforcements to keep your business going.

2. Prioritize fraud prevention solutions

Criminals thrive on exploiting crisis situations, which leads to an increase exposure to fraud and cyber theft. There are basic steps you can take to protect your business during this time. Ensuring dual authorization on all online banking transactions such as wires banking transactions, as well as exercising vigilance around all urgent email requests for funds disbursement (“phishing”) are good first steps. “Positive Pay” is also a low-cost solution that that helps prevent check fraud.

3. Make payments with your commercial card

Commercial cards can do much more than cover employee travel and entertainment expense. They can be very useful when supply chains are disrupted. That is because using commercial cards in lieu of checks to pay bills creates a time buffer on payments—at least 30-45 days, reducing pressure on your cash flow. Setting up a card program with your bank can happen quickly if you do not currently have one. If payments are being stretched, now is a good time to do it.

4. Move to integrated payments

One way to both maximize and protect working capital during this time is to move to integrated payments and fully automate the receipt and processing of invoices. All your various payable methods can be integrated into a single payment file for the bank to process. Integrated payments will not only save you time and money, it will reduce the risk of human error and fraud.

5. Remove checks from the payments process as much as possible with online payments

With online payments, your clients will be able to issue payments from anywhere, ensuring you are paid on time in the event of further disruption. You can also issue payroll for your employees electronically, which will help keep your business running smoothly.

6. Diversify supply chains as quickly, but smartly, as possible

COVID-19 is adding to the pressure on supply chains, especially those dependent on offshore suppliers of goods and services. The disruption is delaying the delivery and payment of goods and services, which is impacting cash flow. If your company has too much offshore exposure, it is as critical as ever that you find alternate markets to limit risk. A good commercial bank with international expertise can help you access these new markets quickly and finance them cost-effectively.

7. Consider fixing more of your floating rate debt

We are in an environment where swapping floating debt for a fixed rate could make sense. Interest rates are at historic lows and trending downward as a result of the virus. As rates fall, the cost of financing falls with them. Locking in a low fixed rate for new or refinanced loans may provide near-term savings and long-term stability of financing costs. A sophisticated commercial bank should be able to help identify and implement the optimal financing solution.

These financial options are a good starting point for a conversation with your bank. Today it is COVID-19. Tomorrow it will be another challenge to navigate. In an uncertain economy, now is always the right the time to prepare for your company’s future.

One Last Word

While it is spreading all around the globe, let’s hope Covid-19 will be behind us soon.

In the meantime, it is critical to take steps to prepare as best we can. At very minimum, take time to think through “what-if scenarios” and develop basic strategies to help you respond and JMD Systemics, a division of King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation can help you to do so.

Last but not least, take all necessary steps to protect yourself and your staff while you help others. Stay safe!

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