Day-by-Day in Trying Times

The world is in search of solutions, both big and small

Date:April 2, 2020

Every day seems surreal right now, with the world monitoring an evolving pandemic. Through the rapid-fire updates and heightened concerns, social media is filled with heartwarming acts of humanity – nightly balcony concerts and singalongs in Italy, retailers devoting shopping times for vulnerable populations, and utility companies pledging service continuity to those struggling to pay bills, among many others.


While the disruption to daily life has been significant for most people in impacted countries and cities, supply chains and essential stores, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, have so far remained open. As the world reacts to a situation unprecedented in our lifetimes, we’re all looking for ways to adapt, and do our part to get through it together.

 

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Distancing Through Digital

People need the basics, and many retailers who sell food, essential goods and medication also carry prepaid products. These products can help users by further removing physical transactions from their (new) routines, reducing cash handling and minimizing cash purchases, and providing an outlet for online purchases to those who may not have access to credit or debit cards. Prepaid options can also facilitate bill pay, eliminating a trip to the post office or utility office, and Top-up® of wireless data for prepaid users who still need to keep in touch and stay informed.

 


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Prepaid options can also facilitate bill pay, eliminating a trip to the post office or utility office.


 

 

 

Gift Cards Show Support

Those in the service industry are feeling the impact almost immediately, as quarantines and mandatory closures put businesses and paychecks at risk. Many are keeping kitchens open as long as they can while following careful health and sanitation practices, allowing patrons to pick up to-go orders while minimizing contact. Meanwhile, movements have been swelling on social media (#supportlocal, for the trendy) to support these restaurants through the purchase of gift cards, providing a cash influx to a beloved local spot while setting up a dinner out on the horizon for when the world is able to return to some form of normal.

 


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Purchasing branded gift cards helps support restaurants and businesses.


 

 

 

Beating the Boredom

Isolation has sparked creativity across the world, with friends and families connecting for virtual hangouts and game nights while social media servers are hitting capacity as introverts and extroverts alike seek human connection after long work-from-home-days and lonely weekends in physical seclusion. On the digital front, prepaid cards offer more traditional escapes through streaming content. Movies, TV shows and video games remain outlets for passing the time and de-stressing through distraction.

 


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Consumers can use gift cards to pay for streaming content, such as movies, tv shows and video games.


 

 

Isolated as we may be, it’s helpful to remember that none of us is dealing with this alone. Like so many others, InComm remains committed to the products, strategies, and solutions that improve the lives of consumers worldwide, whatever the circumstances.