Amid record COVID-19 surge, Seoul orders businesses to close early

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (UPI) — As the Seoul metropolitan area saw a record number of COVID-19 cases on Friday, Acting Mayor Seo Jeong-hyup declared a “desperate crisis” and announced measures that include forcing most businesses to close early each night.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported about 300 cases in the capital city on Friday amid a nationwide outbreak that reached a nine-month high.

Metro Seoul has been under Level 2 physical distancing guidelines, the third-highest level on South Korea’s 5-tier system, since Nov. 24. Seo said, however, current measures aren’t doing enough to stem the spread.

“The number of confirmed cases is snowballing,” the mayor said at an online press briefing. “It is impossible to respond to the crisis with the measures taken so far.”

Under the new restrictions, which take effect Saturday and will last for at least two weeks, restaurants, cafes and most stores must

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Danbury finds minor COVID violations in November business inspections

DANBURY — Most local businesses abided by coronavirus-related rules during the 230 inspections the city health department conducted in November.

“The majority of violations were minor and thus corrected on the spot,” Kara Prunty, acting health director, told City Council this week.

Contact tracing has shown no large outbreaks in restaurants, although food workers have tested positive, she said. Restaurants have then followed proper protocol, she said.

Instead, the virus has spread through gatherings between close friends and family, Prunty said.

The health department has launched a trilingual campaign asking residents to #DoYourPartDanbury to prevent the spread of the virus. The effort reminds residents to wear masks, avoid gatherings and to get tested at free sites.

Residents are encouraged to report concerns about businesses online.

Health department officials follow up on every complaint, Prunty said. When complaints are considered valid, officials educate business owners and conduct an unannounced follow-up inspection,

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New service to help African small businesses establish online presence

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JOHANNESBURG – Website builder BaseKit will partner with Liquid Telecom to provide a website and e-commerce builder to customers of the African telecoms provider.

In a statement on Wednesday, Liquid Telecom said the service would be available in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Liquid Telecom said its aim was to help thousands of businesses establish a presence online and to furnish its business customers with a “virtual workplace with tools designed to keep their business operating from anywhere”.

The group’s chief digital officer, David Beh, said: “Our business customers are incredibly important to us and we want to make their lives as easy as possible. Trading conditions are challenging in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope that by helping businesses find other ways of trading, they stand a greater chance of success.”


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Leading Los Angeles Web Design Agency Revitalises Ecommerce for Local Business – Web Design Xpert

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City of Industry, CA, Dec 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
City of Industry, CA, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — California’s Web Design Xpert is becoming a leading agency of choice to upscale the presence, performance and profitability of businesses on the Internet.

The Los Angeles web design and digital marketing agency utilizes a host of award-winning technologies, including WordPress, WooCommerce, and Shopify, to deliver performance enhancements for clients.

The team at Web Design Xpert has more than 20 years of experience in creating and marketing websites, having built in excess of over 500 websites and ranked over 60,000 keywords in Google and other major search engines.

Web Design Xpert offers web design, e-commerce, responsive websites, search engine optimization, growth marketing strategies, along with many other creative strategies.

Their experience enables them to design beautiful

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Online Grocery Delivery Services Market to Grow Over $ 630 Billion During 2020-2024 | 55% Growth to Originate From APAC | Technavio

Technavio has been monitoring the online grocery delivery services market and it is poised to grow by USD 631.84 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 29% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a low impact on the

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Potentials of online business remains largely untapped

Deborah Ukaumunna

Mr. Chima Nwokoro is a business development consultant and founder of 5TT Partners, in this interview, he decried the lack of awareness on an online investment and the immense potentials of online businesses among Nigerians most especially the youths.

Nwokoro is an online investment expert and coach. He is the brain behind the 5TT Profit Club, a popular online platform with over 260,000 investors under his tutelage. According to Nwokoro, his focus is to teach individuals, most especially youths, on how to earn legit wealth online instead of going into internet fraud.


You seem to be involved in a lot of things at the same time. So how would you describe what you do?

I regard myself as a business professional, entrepreneur and online investor. Because i have one thing or the other in those three areas.

I am a business development consultant for 5TT Partners, which

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Austin City Council Takes Steps Toward Relief For Live Music Venues And ‘Legacy’ Businesses

Austin’s struggling live music venues, restaurants, bars and longtime businesses are a step closer to getting some COVID-19-related relief from the city, but some are still holding out hope for quicker relief.

The Austin City Council approved Thursday the guidelines for two grant programs that total $10 million set aside for ailing businesses under the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) resolution.

City Council also OK’d measures to pump more hotel occupancy tax revenue into businesses deemed “iconic” and approved a program to incentivize commercial landlords to lower rents for businesses.

Since the SAVES resolution’s passage in October, venues, musicians and other folks within Austin’s famed live music community have been awaiting substantial relief, as the outlook for federal relief is uncertain. The city doled out $800,000 in grants to more than 30 venues over the summer, but live music venues say they’re still struggling amid COVID-related closures.

The two

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Locals Rave About These Matawan-Aberdeen Businesses

ABERDEEN, NJ — Our small businesses need some love right now! Last week, we asked Patch readers all across New Jersey to nominate their favorite local businesses.

And here’s what we heard back, direct from locals in your area:

Shanghai Bun in Aberdeen. Chinese take-out or eat-in. 952 Rt. 34 in Matawan, NJ 07747 “Fantastic food, great prices, and they stayed open to keep us fed with take-out throughout the pandemic,” says customer Evelyn C. Leeper.

“Still making the best Chinese food around even now. Clean and fast pickup. We need to keep our local gems in business!” agrees customer David Eisenstein.

“Very authentic Chinese food. Great food unlike anything available elsewhere. Not expensive and consistent quality,” said customer Jeff Steinberg.

Abbate Bakery in Matawan. Italian and American baked goods. 247 Main St, Matawan, NJ 07747 “Great bakery, nice family-run business,” says customer Jake.

DeMarco’s in Aberdeen. Catering

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Shippers scramble as holiday shopping goes online

COLONIE — Merchants told us to shop early. Health officials told us to stay home.

The result? An avalanche of online purchases that is burying parcel delivery trucks and postal carriers.

UPS, which normally operates one daily round-trip from Albany International Airport, upped that to two round-trips by early November, then doubled it again.

This week, UPS began operating four round-trips from Albany most weekdays. Each of the Boeing 757s can carry up to 88,000 pounds, or 44 tons, of cargo.

“It’s an indication of the online shopping that’s going on nationally and in the Capital Region,” observed airport spokesman Doug Myers.

UPS has also altered some of its package pickups to match demand with its capacity, UPS spokesman Jim Mayer told the Times Union, after The Wall Street Journal reported that drivers had been instructed not to pick up some packages from its largest customers following Cyber Monday promotions.

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Small businesses see a small uptick with holiday sales

At least 100,000 small businesses have had to close permanently in the last nine months, according to data gathered by Yelp. Millions more have dealt with temporary closures and major losses in revenue.

Now, many remaining small businesses are reliant on a strong holiday shopping season, and there’s finally some good news for these business owners and their employees.

For example, at the Boston area small business called Boing Toy Shop, owner Kim Mitchell has been working overtime for the pasting nine months. She has had drastically change her business model.

“In certain ways, I feel like although I am in the same physical footprint, I am almost running a completely different business,” said Mitchell.

Since the start of the pandemic, Mitchell has had to shift more than half of her business online and added curbside pickup to keep her toy shop out of the red.

“In certain ways, I

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