U.S. Postal Service Status on International Mail Shipments (8/15/2020)

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With the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency continuing to spread around the globe, mail and small parcel operations are impacted worldwide. Between a shortage of commercial passenger airlines to carry the mail and local authorities and transit/destination postal services shutting down or restricting services, sending international packages with the U.S. Postal Service is resulting in longer transit […]

U.S. Postal Service Status on Domestic Services And Shipments (7/14/2020)

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency is impacting domestic U.S. Postal Service operations in select areas. The USPS is considered an essential service, but some local conditions make it more challenging to provide all services. The domestic USPS update also includes information about post offices and operations that may have other reasons for disruption and closures. […]

List of Banks Accepting SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loans – Update 5/13/2020

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The SBA started to accept applications from participating lenders for the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last Friday. The program has a feature for loan forgiveness if the borrower meets certain criteria. READ MORE: The SBA Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Starts Today, Monday April 27 The loan forgiveness has made this $350 billion […]

Community Banks Moved Ahead of The Line For SBA PPP Funding This Evening

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Small businesses working with small community lenders moved ahead of the line this evening for about 8 hours in the SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) sweepstakes. In a tweet, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that the SBA is only accepting loan applications from smaller community banks and their clients until Midnight. To assist small community […]

Australia Post Will Retrain 2,000 Posties to Support COVID-19 Parcel Boom

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Australia Post will retrain 2,000 motorbike posties to deliver and process parcels in vans to help manage the unprecedented parcel volumes being sent across the country as the business continues to manage significant disruption as Australians adapt to living differently under COVID-19 restrictions. Australia Post welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement to provide temporary changes to […]

UPS Added Over 200 Flights in April in Support of Coronavirus Relief Efforts

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UPS has added over 200 company-owned and chartered air freighter flights in April to support FEMA’s Project Airbridge and other healthcare-related missions. Project Airbridge is a public-private partnership to get vital and life-saving equipment to where it is needed with greater speed. These additional flights serve to meet the soaring demand to ship test kits, […]

Amazon Suspends French Operations Until Monday April 20 – Update 1

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Amazon shut down its French operation on Wednesday after a court found that it did not do enough to protect its workers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The ruling followed a complaint filed by Union Syndicale Solidaires, a French group of trade unions that has been critical of the safety standards by Amazon during this […]

USPS Announces Delivery Expectation Changes for First-Class and Priority Mail

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On Friday, the U.S. Postal Service announced changes to delivery expectations for First-Class and Priority Mail due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis impacting many communities in the United States. Priority Mail’s two and three-day service commitments now will be extended to three and four days, respectively. Customers will continue to receive end-to-end visibility and […]

SBA Announces It is Out of Money for PPP Paycheck Protection and EIDL Disaster Relief Programs

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SBA has run out of funding for Paycheck Protection Progam (PPP) and EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) relief programs for small businesses. This was posted on Thursday on their website. Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance […]

Intuit Aid Assist Helps Small Businesses Assess Eligibility For Relief Under CARES Act

Intuit Aid Assist

Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, QuickBooks and Mint, released Intuit Aid Assist, a free website with an interactive tool to help eligible small business owners and the self-employed assess how much federal relief they qualify for under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Intuit Aid Assist is […]