The coronavirus outbreak is crippling ecommerce, however...

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I don't have to delve further; the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is crippling everything - air travel, tourism, and ecommerce. We know the commercial impact is far-reaching, already causing profit warnings, store closures, etc among business which heavily rely on China's vast purchasing power.

However, the outbreak also inadvertently sparked a specific niche in ecommerce - grocery shopping.

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  • Profile picture of the author strategic seo services
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    Yes, it definitely has. Companies with food delivery built into their business models will most likely see a rapid increase in demand. People who fear to go to crowded supermarkets will probably start using the internet for their grocery shopping, having products delivered directly to their homes. This will probably be a rising trend among the population over the age of 65.
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    • Profile picture of the author JojoKalma71
      I completely agree with you! this will be in demand! this virus has scared the entire planet and I resent what will happen next!
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      • Profile picture of the author moonlighter92
        This worries me since there's no sign that this virus is stopping.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    It hasn't affected any of our eCommerce websites. Then again, we don't have any that dropship products from China, either.
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    • Profile picture of the author SeeyouVader
      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      It hasn't affected any of our eCommerce websites. Then again, we don't have any that dropship products from China, either.
      How did you find a supplier/agent in the US ? I'm getting 100+ orders a day and I can't keep relying on late-replying Aliexpress suppliers.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is crippling everything
    I still haven't felt a thing. The only way I even knew about it is mentions on this forum.

    So, definitely NOT crippling "everything."
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by IGotMine View Post

      I still haven't felt a thing. The only way I even knew about it is mentions on this forum.

      So, definitely NOT crippling "everything."
      Our last pandemic was in 2009 called the H1N1, over 1 billion people were affected, and 100s of thousands died as a result of the influenza virus....

      How about before that?

      In 1918, over 50 million people worldwide died as a result of the Spanish flu.

      This is just getting started, and appears to be spreading faster then anyone can blink an eye. They estimate it may take up to 1.5 years to develop a cure. Can you imagine how many people will be affected, and have died in that period of time? and this is assuming the virus does not mutate once a cure has been found.

      3rd world factories have already started closing, and I suspect as this virus sweeps through the United States, then you will see something similar.

      So unless this virus stops quickly, then it is not a matter of if it is going to take over, it is about when, or how long it will take to spread even more through out the US.

      If this virus keeps going at the rate it is, then it will just be a matter of time before you feel the affects, and as the virus progresses, then you will feel affects that may not be all that desirable.

      Think of this as the Sun: If the sun burns out today, you will still see the light, at least for a period of time, but sooner or later, the light dims, then it goes out, then it gets colder, then you die. I know this is a little drastic, but no one ever said that pandemics are a fun thing to live through, and it will get worse....
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

        Our last pandemic was in 2009 called the H1N1, over 1 billion people were affected, and 100s of thousands died as a result of the influenza virus....
        Look I get it the hype over the "Corona Virus" AKA "COVID-19" ( the disease ) AKA "SARS-CoV-2" ( The actual Virus ) YES you are reading the last one correctly... but anyways

        Has anyone paid attention to the stats States side for the "Flu" this year... more than 16,000 dead? if the Corona Virus is scary, than what is the run of the mill flu?

        By percentage of population in China vs the States and comparing Deaths from Corona vs the Flu here in the States... Statistically The travel blocks should be reversed LOL

        All I can say is WASH YOUR HANDS
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

        They estimate it may take up to 1.5 years to develop a cure.
        Lets be accurate, people ...

        There are already people being cured. "They" say that it MAY take UP TO 1 1/2 years to create a vaccine, which is not a "cure", it is preventive so that you never have to be cured. Also, the latest estimates are that the vaccine MAY be available as early as the end of this year - right in time for next year's outbreak.
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  • ALSO digital marketing . In the UK we are being told you should work from home if possible...which is perfect if you're marketing digital business models
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by Millenniallondoner View Post

      ALSO digital marketing . In the UK we are being told you should work from home if possible...which is perfect if you're marketing digital business models
      I dont think that will matter since the economy appears to be tanking right in front of our very eyes with daily live updates. When people stop working, factories start closing, people not making money, thus means people will stop buying, sooner or later...

      It looks like we are standing at the front door of a recession. Today alone, I think the stock market is down something like 2,000 points, some of that may be oil related, however, I suspect most of that fall is related to virus that appears to be taking over the planet by storm.

      The US economy may be strong now, however, as this virus continues to take root, then I suspect the US Economy will start to decline in the future, and I mean in the near future.
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    • Profile picture of the author thefreedomchaser
      Originally Posted by Millenniallondoner View Post

      ALSO digital marketing . In the UK we are being told you should work from home if possible...which is perfect if you're marketing digital business models

      Totally agree.... was thinking about this earlier too. Do you think it's unethical to use this current crisis situation as the basis of marketing messaging to sell home-based online business products? No doubt this is already being done, I just haven't seen it yet...
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by thefreedomchaser View Post

        Totally agree.... was thinking about this earlier too. Do you think it's unethical to use this current crisis situation as the basis of marketing messaging to sell home-based online business products? No doubt this is already being done, I just haven't seen it yet...
        It's certainly no more unethical than what politicians are doing (as if they should ever be the basis for ethics). You know what they say ... never let a good crisis go to waste.
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      • Profile picture of the author dsimms
        Originally Posted by thefreedomchaser View Post

        Totally agree.... was thinking about this earlier too. Do you think it's unethical to use this current crisis situation as the basis of marketing messaging to sell home-based online business products? No doubt this is already being done, I just haven't seen it yet...
        It depends on what your message is, and if you are not careful, then it could certainly backfire, for instance, some companies have already been caught by making coronavirus claims on their drugs, CBD oils, now they are wishing they did not do this; Never let a good prison sentence go to waste, ROFL.
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        • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
          Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

          It depends on what your message is, and if you are not careful, then it could certainly backfire, for instance, some companies have already been caught by making coronavirus claims on their drugs, CBD oils, now they are wishing they did not do this; Never let a good prison sentence go to waste, ROFL.
          I think he was talking more in terms of - "Work from Home, Make Money and Never Worry About the Corona Virus!"
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    businesses in my country also have affected badly because of the corona virus in China. Some Chinese factories are still closed and many local factories here wait for shipments from China. Big hit for some businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author erealmz
    I work in a restaurant and have seen our to-go/Doordash orders increase like crazy over the last few weeks. I didn't really think that this outbreak could be the cause of it but now I'm starting to wonder.
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  • I cannot agree with you more !

    Apart from the US Election, the daily newspapers are engulfed with almost nothing but news and update on the global situation of Covid 19.

    The wave of empty supermarket shelves starts to move from Asia to Europe and Oceania. These panic and mindless purchases of food and other essentials (especially toilet rolls !) speak of nothing but insecurity. These insecurities will not only show in the irrationality of how we wipe off shelves at supermarkets, it will soon or maybe even now has crept on to our job. The fear of losing our job. It is foreseen that there will be high layoffs by companies due to the impact of Covid 19 on the economy and businesses.

    Is there something that we could do about it ? Absolutely not. The current situation is beyond our control.

    However, we may try to cushion the impact and even brace ourselves and start planning for those possible uncertain time to come.

    How ?

    Consider an online business in the form of Internet Marketing. This sector can almost be considered recession-proof. The best thing is that it can be a long-term business that generates passive income even while one is asleep. It can even be a business that we leave as a legacy for our next generation when it is nurtured and well built up.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by Margaret Low Tremolieres View Post

      I cannot agree with you more !

      Apart from the US Election, the daily newspapers are engulfed with almost nothing but news and update on the global situation of Covid 19.

      The wave of empty supermarket shelves starts to move from Asia to Europe and Oceania. These panic and mindless purchases of food and other essentials (especially toilet rolls !) speak of nothing but insecurity. These insecurities will not only show in the irrationality of how we wipe off shelves at supermarkets, it will soon or maybe even now has crept on to our job. The fear of losing our job. It is foreseen that there will be high layoffs by companies due to the impact of Covid 19 on the economy and businesses.

      Is there something that we could do about it ? Absolutely not. The current situation is beyond our control.

      However, we may try to cushion the impact and even brace ourselves and start planning for those possible uncertain time to come.

      How ?

      Consider an online business in the form of Internet Marketing. This sector can almost be considered recession-proof. The best thing is that it can be a long-term business that generates passive income even while one is asleep. It can even be a business that we leave as a legacy for our next generation when it is nurtured and well built up.
      Recession proof? ROFL.

      How long do you think that is going to hold up as businesses around the globe are forced to shut down, and people are forced to stay at home?

      Do you think they will be thinking about buying their next marketing scheme?

      I am thinking about more toilet paper just in case I am rushed to the ER; You know, I want to make sure I go in with a clean ass....

      more and more states have since been infected, and I suspect that most US states will be close to infection by the end of this month. Does that mean everyone will DIE? no, will more people die, absolutely! will some people recover, sure, but that is not a cure.

      I am afraid containment at this point may not be very effective. You can tell people they have to self-contain, but at some point, they need need go get food, and when they go out, then they will infect other people.

      Fear will be the motivator on what happens next as this virus continues to unfold daily.

      This virus does appear to be spreading faster than I can type....
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      • Profile picture of the author AdmanMrWoo
        Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

        Recession proof? ROFL. ....

        So many things are connected by invisible hands.



        Remember that story about how complicated it is to make a pencil... and how no government in the world could ever make a pencil for just $.05 cents??? and yet the free market can make a pencil and lots of them, for just 5ยข cents.



        Here is the story:

        https://mises.org/library/i-pencil


        Maybe we should make a new thread about I PENCIL.


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  • Profile picture of the author Monica8297
    You are talking truth! I completely agree with you about this matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThaProphet
    Doesn't it feel like we have some new virus/epidemic just about every year..? Or maybe I'm just to young! Lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Merion Rebeca
    Whether it is Digital advertising or online retail is grappling to handle the logistical bottlenecks and product shortages caused by the coronavirus.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsimms
    Some people think this virus will just go away, however, I assume nothing. if this virus does not go away, then this will be our way of life until a proven vaccine hits the market, assuming a vaccine is possible.

    Just before I heard about this virus, I was planning to buy 5 acres of land, however, I have since told the real estate agent that I am withdrawing my cash offer simply because I cant eat land, and if I end up in a crashed economy, then I would not be able to sell it either. The property is currently under contract, may be they have more money or resources than I do, however, if their income is based on local business on where they lost their job, then I guess that would be a problem for them.

    I would like to think I am not the dumbest person on the planet, but as I was watching the global virus unfold before my eyes, it became evident that buying property was no longer my highest priority...

    Does something like this change your buying behavior? You bet it does!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    [quote I am withdrawing my cash offer simply because I cant eat land][/quote]


    Nope - but you can grow a lot of food on 5 acres...year after year.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      [quote I am withdrawing my cash offer simply because I cant eat land]

      Nope - but you can grow a lot of food on 5 acres...year after year.[/QUOTE]

      that is true, however, since I am not in the food growing business, then that is just an after thought. The property itself is in very bad condition, and requires extensive cleanup, however, if I was to grow food, then I would have to build above ground soil pods which would require more money, energy, and effort.

      Since I am not in food growing business, I think my decision not to buy was pretty sound, and I do not think I will lose any sleep over this.

      sometimes you need to know when to make a good investment and if that investment can not produce fruit right now, then you have to be prepared to let it go....
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    Well I will say that my sites that were in the home decor & fashion accessories niches have seen a drop in sales. I bet if you have a travel site that it was quite a shocker if you depended on affiliate commissions for hotel reservations & cruises. I do promote an online home-based business opportunity (did that before the virus situation) but don't mention Corona in any promotional messages. There definitely is a growing number of people considering a side income that hadn't thought about it before.Yep - I'm sure some supplement sales have increased as people took their health more seriously.

    Here's is an interesting note on a domain name that I've owned since 2001 (had a simple site up at one time) which has had a number of offers over the years. In the last week, I had several inquiries/offers on that domain - ImmuneBooster(.com). In a popular domain name forum a poll created yesterday asking resellers "How is your inquiry volume trending this week?" Currently about 40% of those that answered said "Domain inquiries are trending slightly higher".

    Anyway - I think this Coronavirus is a wake-up call online/offline businesses, marketers, consumers & 9-to-5ers.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by wentzco View Post

      Well I will say that my sites that were in the home decor & fashion accessories niches have seen a drop in sales. I bet if you have a travel site that it was quite a shocker if you depended on affiliate commissions for hotel reservations & cruises. I do promote an online home-based business opportunity (did that before the virus situation) but don't mention Corona in any promotional messages. There definitely is a growing number of people considering a side income that hadn't thought about it before.Yep - I'm sure some supplement sales have increased as people took their health more seriously.

      Here's is an interesting note on a domain name that I've owned since 2001 (had a simple site up at one time) which has had a number of offers over the years. In the last week, I had several inquiries/offers on that domain - ImmuneBooster(.com). In a popular domain name forum a poll created yesterday asking resellers "How is your inquiry volume trending this week?" Currently about 40% of those that answered said "Domain inquiries are trending slightly higher".

      Anyway - I think this Coronavirus is a wake-up call online/offline businesses, marketers, consumers & 9-to-5ers.
      When it comes to a health scare like this, then I would bet on Immune Booster compared to someone trying to sell marketing guides, ROFL. If you had access to a unique product then that would be best, otherwise, you could use it for something like a clickbank guide on boosting the immune system.

      and sure enough, dont use it to the point where the domain is shut down for making false claims such as a covid-19 Immune Boosting cure, ROFL.
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  • Currency, value, exchange -- always in flux, always shiftin'.


    An' it is cool stuff is that way or we all be dead at 32, with only sackcloth underwear an' wooden teeth to our name.


    Deal now is ... how to ride the change, how to offer value where you can.


    As a writah person, I seein' all kindsa offers which suddenly DO NOT WORK.


    Big reframe scramble gowin' on -- to cover bases & losses, fix up reassurance stuffs, an' go help people if'n you primed so to do.


    Zen masters point up the perpityooity of transition states as a cool way to figure the Cosmos.


    What you want always is to cruise that mutable vibe for max adventures.


    But we can't choose the ride so good this time.


    We got a bumpy kinda quest w/o horses, beans or too many kinda frickin' WIZARD TYPES.



    Neato tho how plenty people bein' real generous, makin' trooly catalytic offers.


    So we gotta keep gowin' on that baby.


    Wherein can my effuse commune with similah & sparky on up so evrywan smilin'?

    Time to find out, I guess.
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  • Video games, streaming, and other digital content are also seeing a boom in business. Business is also good for those who develop products and services for people who work from home.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yvon Boulianne
    innovation is the key, i don`t need money but otherwise i`ll go to every old peoples renting units placing papers on their front windows to promote my thing like just put a phone number with "CALL ME TO ORDER FOOD FOR TOMORROW" then i will take order on the phone in front of my computer and would order amazon groceries for them, i bet it would work like crazy...
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    • Profile picture of the author dsimms
      Originally Posted by Yvon Boulianne View Post

      innovation is the key, i don`t need money but otherwise i`ll go to every old peoples renting units placing papers on their front windows to promote my thing like just put a phone number with "CALL ME TO ORDER FOOD FOR TOMORROW" then i will take order on the phone in front of my computer and would order amazon groceries for them, i bet it would work like crazy...
      Cool idea, but it already exists...
      InstaCart
      An 8 billion dollar company.
      It must be working like crazy, ROFL.
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