Roundup of the best services and offerings for businesses during COVID-19
With the unprecedented changes to the workforce and sudden shift towards remote working for so many, businesses have had to adapt fast to meet the demands of the current climate.
Many technology companies have been quick on the uptake and have recognised new needs for their impacted customers, providing free services, discounted access to their platforms or new offerings to help tackle the business effects of COVID-19.
Below is a list of some of the best services and products to help businesses continue to their full potential throughout the pandemic:
Airwallex has waived its FX and payment fees for the next two months for UK and Australian customers impacted by the pandemic, to help businesses in need continue to operate internationally. Using smart cross-border payment technology, the fintech company provides businesses with a global account to collect, hold and transfer payments to over 130 countries, without any hidden charges, helping organisations to scale all over the world.
Hastee has waived all transaction fees for the next three months for all customers, so that all workers, regardless of their job situation can access their wages as soon as they need them at a time when for many their personal cashflow is under significant pressure. Hastee are leading the emerging Earnings on Demand category in the UK and already support 100,000 workers in the NHS, care homes, manufacturing, food supply chain and hospitality sectors.
CrowdStrike, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches. In order to help organisations cope with these new and unexpected developments, CrowdStrike is offering two new limited-time programmes to address challenges introduced by the large numbers of managed and unmanaged devices being used by newly remote workers. Burst Licensing: For corporate-owned devices, CrowdStrike is introducing a Burst Licensing programme. This programme is designed to ensure that CrowdStrike’s customers are able to remain nimble and rapidly deploy new systems for remote workers as needed. Falcon Prevent for Home Use: For employee-owned devices, CrowdStrike is introducing a new programme: Falcon Prevent for Home Use. This allows organisations to provide their employees with a low-cost option for securing their personal computers, so employees who must use a home system to access corporate resources can do so safely and productively.
Disciple, a community-as-a-service platform, is removing member limits to enable communities to grow without the worry of extra costs. At a time where community is crucial, Disciple is also offering free software to the public sector in cases where it can improve communication or support the population. Such software aims to enhance support for those at the front line of this crisis by improving their digital capabilities and connection to their community and each other. Disciple is also working closely with businesses that provide mental health services and is offering increased support, discounts and free software to companies impacted by the crisis.
Pipedrive, the first CRM platform developed from the salesperson’s point of view, has launched a new fortnightly webinar series which aims to support and offer business practical advice during the crisis. The first session will focus on the macroeconomic issues affecting sales and marketing amid the coronavirus outbreak, with the aim of helping teams find solutions to critical issues and opportunities to drive sales success. A panel of experts including Chris Shipley, an innovation analyst and author of the upcoming book ‘The Adaptation Advantage’, and Lisa Coyle, Co-CEO of 360 Payments, a payment processor and a Pipedrive customer, will provide insights and practical tips on how to stay connected to customers and complete sales in a time of crisis. In addition to the webinar series, Pipedrive is enabling sales teams to share ideas before and after each session to feature on Pipedrive’s community forum, in which sales and marketing professionals can share and learn from peers across their respective industries.
Despite the unchartered waters, remote working does not mean less efficiency. With providers and platforms such as these working to help take the pressure off those affected by lockdown, organisations can still continue to successfully work together and keep focussed in the current unsettled climate.