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Here’s How Our Team is Helping The Community During The Crisis

Here’s How Our Team is Helping The Community During The Crisis

While the pandemic has tested companies across the globe, but there’s positivity even in the darkest of times. All you have to do is look for it. At Redstage and Fulcrum Digital (our parent company), the team came together to help others in numerous ways. From launching fundraisers and sending masks to those in need, our tight knit team is spreading joy around the United States and beyond. Here’s how.

 

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Marya Berardi, Head of Project Management

Feeding America

Alongside HR and her colleague Art, Marya has been working to fundraise for Feeding America and God’s Love We Deliver – two organizations that provide meals to those in need. Marya has also been running a fundraising campaign in her social circles. “We’re very fortunate that we have jobs that not only allow us to work remotely but also are in a fairly-stable industry. Now more than ever is the time for us to give back to our communities – especially to help our neighbors who have literally lost their ability to feed their families.” Marya said.

To date, enough funds have been raised to cover approximately 10,000 meals – with the goal to raise enough to cover 25,000. Those interested in donating to either organization should check out Fulcrum/Redstage’s Feeding America online campaign or the God’s Love We Deliver COVID-19 emergency fund page. Marya also strongly encourages anyone who can to volunteer with these types of organizations in your community, donate blood and check in on elderly neighbors: “There are plenty of ways to get out of the house AND to make a difference at the same time!

Chris Yin, Creative Director, Redstage

Chris Yin, Creative Director at Redstage

Mask Donations

Since the start of this pandemic, Christopher and his father Conrad, have been sourcing medical surgical masks to donate to first responders, law enforcement, and hospitals in the NJ area. To-date, they have donated more than 600 surgical masks to St. Barnabas Medical Center, the Verona Police Department, and are in process of receiving another 1000 masks for donation by end of next week.

When asked why, Christopher stated “My Child was born at the Apex of the curve. The eerie drive to the hospital, passing the plastic quarantine tents, the empty parking lot, knowing we are surrounded by the microscopic virus. I witnessed first-hand how these brave doctors and nurses put themselves in harm’s way to take care of us, and I couldn’t be more thankful. We have the means and it is our social responsibility to take care of those who are taking care of us, it’s that simple”

 

 

Kalyan Gopalakrishnan, VP of Insurance Practice at Fulcrum Digital

 

Meditation Sessions

Strengthening immunity is the need of the hour! During this challenging times it is very important to protect our body and mind from stress, sleeplessness, malnourishment, anxiety, and more. One of the best ways to manage this is through breathing & meditation. When the global pandemic was declared, Kalyan volunteered to bring breathing and meditation techniques to everyone in the company which was immediately supported by the executive leadership team. He began conducting 30 min sessions, twice daily covering all office locations across Fulcrum Digital and Redstage.

These sessions help participants to calm their minds and get more focused on their day to day without anxiety and stress. Kalyan has been conducting these sessions for the last one month and planned to continue till the situation come back to normalcy. Kalyan shared that “Meditation and breathing techniques are my passion and it helps me go through every day with peace. I took it as my responsibility to share what I have to all my colleagues so that everyone can benefit especially during these testing times.

 

Local & Online

Outside of local community initiatives, the Redstage and Fulcrum teams are assisting the business community too. Working with our partners in the Ecommerce ecosystem, we’re providing free Ecommerce support for companies of all sizes. If you’re struggling to stay online or need to build an online store to offset closed locations, we’re here to help. Learn more about Offline2On and our free services here.

Visa Issues “Urgent Action Required” Warning for Magento 1 Users

Visa Issues “Urgent Action Required” Warning for Magento 1 Users

Visa’s April 2020 Aquirer Advisory report outlines steps Magento 1 merchants need to take in order to keep their online stores PCI compliant, as Magento 1’s “End of Support” (colloquially known as ‘M1 End of Life‘) approaches this June. Visa advises acquirers to encourage merchants on Magento 1 to migrate to a Magento 2.3 or another PCI compliant Ecommerce platform. Moreover, the announcement clarifies the dangers for businesses and their customers if payment card data exposed, and includes a roadmap for businesses to seek compliance.

Excerpt below:

Overview

Visa is committed to enhancing both the security and quality of payment services available in both Card-Present and Card-Not-Present environments. This fact sheet provides useful information related to the upcoming end of life for all Magento 1 websites. Merchants must be cognizant of their responsibilities in securing their environment to help prevent the loss of payment card data. Acquirers should use this information to take risk-based decisions and encourage their merchants to migrate to a supported version or alternate platform to remain PCI compliant. Merchants who suspect or confirm a compromise involving payments data must adhere to the requirements outlined in Visa’s What To Do If Compromised guide.”

Click here to view the full report .

 

Redstage’s CEO Adam Morris has this to say, “We continue to hear from our payment partners that they are planning necessary actions to prevent breaches from out of date Magento 1 sites. This is the first public statement that we have seen –and we expect more to come in the next few months– zeroing in on the consequences of non-compliance. The risk of not being able to accept payments has to be factored into any decision to stay on Magento 1 at this point.”

 

About Magento 1 End of Life

We’ve been raising awareness about the dangers of Magento 1 End of Life since early 2019. To help merchants migrate fast, we’ve developed several accelerated migration solutions to help B2B and B2C companies make the switch as fast as possible. Merchants can also receieve free assistance as part of the Offline2On initiative, or receive funding from PayPal’s Magento migration loan builder program.

Offline2On : The Ecommerce Community Comes Together to Help SMBs

Offline2On : The Ecommerce Community Comes Together to Help SMBs

Redstage and our partners are united towards a common goal: Getting online merchants up and running at full speed during the crisis at all costs. Even if it means working for free. As one of many stakeholders in the advancement of the Ecommerce industry, we’re committing to action, rather than platitudes. Here’s what merchants need to know about the initiative.

Offline2On: What is it?

The ecommerce community combats covid-19 with global helpline

Offline2On is a cross-platform initiative sparked by more than 1,000 leaders in the Ecommerce industry. Platforms like Magento, BigCommerce, and Shopify have teamed up with designers, developers, marketers, and technology companies to serve merchants around the globe to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Offline2On, we connect merchants with expert resources to lend a helping hand, with the goal of bringing offline businesses online within one week.

As a member of the initiative, Redstage’s teams are prepped and ready to help merchants around the world. “Our business and employees must count ourselves very lucky that our industry is still in demand in this crisis.  We feel that it is important to support our community, local businesses, and people’s livelihood while we are able.” Adam Morris, Redstage CEO said, sharing the sentiment of so many Ecommerce industry leaders.

 

Offline2On: Who is it for?

join the biggest ecommerce community initiative in history and get the help you need today

Restaurants, retailers, and wholesalers with digital or physical stores can get help today! With employees working from home around the globe, the initiative has special solutions to help both bricks-and-clicks companies solve current challenges and get back to work.

1. Physical retailers who need help setting up an online store can get the assistance they need from top agencies and solution providers.

2. Restaurants can get assistance with food delivery services (see a full list of delivery services waiving fees here).

3. Existing online stores can get help optimizing online operations or getting products in marketplaces (view list of digital marketplace options here).

4. SMBs that need marketing assistance can get connected with digital and traditional marketing experts, and learn how to set up essential online marketing operations here.

 

Offline2On: What free services are agencies offering?

join the biggest ecommerce community initiative in history and get the help you need today

From Business Continuity solutions to migration assistance, website audits, and marketing packages, retailers and online merchants have many options to choose from. Here are a few of the free services merchants can take advantage of today:

 

1. The Online Now Package (Cost: Free)

offline2on customers can get online fast with the free online now package

For businesses that don’t currently have an online store, we will pair you with an e-commerce expert who will:

  • Advise you on the best platform for your needs
  • Help get your products online
  • Assist you in getting your new website live

Find More Information Here

 

2. The Store Audit Package (Cost: Free)

Offline2On customers can get free monitoring and reports about their online stores with the free audit package

For businesses that have a website but need some support, we will pair you with an e-commerce expert who will:

  • Review your customer experience for possible improvements
  • Test your website speed and help you increase performance
  • Help set up optimized promotions and gift card sales

Find More Information Here

 

3. The Marketing Intro Package (Cost: Free)

Offline2On customers can get free marketing assistance with the marketing intro package.

For businesses that have a website but need help with marketing, we will pair you with an e-commerce expert who will:

  • Review social media integrations
  • Go through your choice of organic traffic support or paid traffic consultation
  • Make sure your website is optimized for search engines (SEO)
  • Discuss opportunities for paid advertising

Find More Information Here

 

Offline2On: How Can I Get Started?

get the help you need to fight covid-19 and keep your business running from offline2on

To get started, visit Offline2On.com and take the short quiz at the bottom. This will help the community of technology experts understand your needs and share helpful recommendations for your industry. If you’d like to be paired with an agency for a specific service package, fill out the form here. It’s that easy to get the help you need now.

 

Offline2On: Can I Get Help Right Away?

As a supporter of this initiative, the Redstage team is ready to help you any way we can. If you would like to start right away or have any questions, send us a note or check out Offline2On’s FAQ page here. If you need help with anything not included in the free packages, we’re offering 1 to 3 months of our services free depending on merchant size and needs. With a little help and a little collaboration, we can empower each other and build a better world of work for commerce professionals everywhere.

Stay safe, stay connected, and keep calm. We’re here to get you back on track.