Month: October 2020


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If you run a business that sells anything—whether it’s home appliances, web design, hand-knit sweaters, pool cleaning, books, dance lessons, you name it—one of the most important things you have to do is generate leads, convert them into actual customers, and then keep them coming back for more. However, when you’re busy with all the other things your business requires, the last thing you need to be doing is manually entering customer information into a database, manually sending followup emails to leads and clients, manually recording customers sales and interactions, manually creating invoices, or manually booking appointments.

Luckily, we have technology to make all that easier. With

Voters across the United States are casting ballots in what’s likely to be the most expensive election in the country’s history, projected by the Center for Responsive Politics to cost US$10.8 billion. But despite record-breaking spending by the campaigns and the possibility of a once-in-a-century surge in turnout, voter participation in the U.S. is comparatively underwhelming. Only 55.7 percent of eligible voters participated in the last presidential election, below recent voter turnouts in other countries (for example, 66 percent in Mexico, 76 percent in Israel, and 87 percent in Belgium). That means about 100 million U.S. citizens did not exercise their fundamental right to vote four years ago.

Political parties and civic action groups are working hard to increase voter turnout this time around. But they’re not the only ones. Joining forces with them to help get out the vote is a new entity: corporate America.

Hundreds of leading


The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a bunch of legislation seeking to penalise anyone who compels a farmer to sell wheat and paddy below the minimum support price (MSP) in the state and also entrust itself with powers to levy taxes on all out-of-mandi transactions. The move is aimed at nullifying a portion of the three recently enacted central farm Acts, besides safeguarding the state’s financial interests.


The Assembly passed the amendments to each of the three central laws to bring them in line with the provisions of the state’s own APMC Act of 1961, thereby establishing its supremacy over the central laws. The House also adopted a resolution rejecting the Centre’s new farm laws.



Regarding the changes mooted to the trade facilitation Act and also the contract farming Act, the penal provision of a jail term up to three


Biscuit maker Food Specialities has filed draft papers with regulator Sebi to raise Rs 550 crore through an initial share-sale.


The IPO comprises fresh issuance of shares worth Rs 50 crore and offer of sale to the tune of Rs 500 crore by existing shareholders, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) filed with Sebi.



Linus Private Limited, Mabel Private Limited , GW Confectionery Pte Ltd and GW Crown Pte Ltd will be offering stocks in the initial share-sale.


Net proceeds of the issue would be utilised for financing the project cost towards expansion of the Rajpura manufacturing facility by establishing a new production line for biscuits and for general corporate purpose.

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In the span of a few short weeks, the coronavirus pandemic completely reshaped and left many retailers struggling to survive. , , J. Crew, and other popular chains filed for bankruptcy. According to a report from , 60 percent of listed businesses that shut their doors during the pandemic have closed for good, including 48 percent of retail stores.

At the same time, the crisis is opening up opportunities for retail to evolve. It has disrupted  when, where, and how people shop, creating space to rebuild and reimagine relationships with customers. Three-quarters of consumers have tried a new shopping brand or method since the pandemic started, and most plan to continue it going forward.

As companies try to navigate this new landscape, many business leaders are placing their hope in


The Indian regulator has allowed renewal, migration and portability of Covid-19 specific standard policies — Corona Kavach, Corona Rakshak and Group Corona Kavach Policy.


 



 


The move is expected to increase the sale of other policies.


 


In a circular issued on Tuesday, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has said the insurers have the choice to allow renewal, migration and portability of the above policies.


 


According to IRDAI, renewal of the policies is allowed for three and half months, six and half months or nine and half months as per the policyholder’s choice.


 


The insurance cover will be continuous and there will not be any 15-day waiting period, the said.


 


However, if the policyholder