YourSource News, the news and information platform of BrandSource, a leading merchandising organization for independent appliance, home furnishings and consumer tech dealers recently launched a special COVID Info Hub to provide members a portal gathering news, AVB actions and member best practices.
“With all the uncertainty surrounding us regarding the COVID-19 situation there’s one thing all of you can be certain of, and that’s that we’re here to help you,” said Jim Ristow, CEO of AVB/BrandSource in a video statement (view below). “For the last 50 years we’ve been together in times of success and in times of need. And like all families, the AVB family, we’ve gone through so much together. But ultimately, whatever we’ve gone through it’s made us stronger.”
“As a family, we need to have each other’s back, and sharing is part of that to help our businesses,” Ristow continued. “The Group is also getting information from the government, from vendors – things that will really help your business…we’re going to use YourSourceNews.com to aggregate all information…best practices, up-to-date information and current news as it relates to the industry, group, as well as resources for your business and employees.”
In addition to news, the YourSource News Info Hub will have official government information and resources including aid and loan packages to help businesses as they become available. Additionally, bi-weekly webinars addressing timely topics will be available for members to view and participate in.
“The most important thing you can do right now for your business is make sure your website is transactional,” Ristow encouraged. “This is the time you have to transact online. Customers habits, they’ve changed almost overnight. They’ve made a significant pivot to online shopping, and if you can do anything to help your company weather this storm, you need to have a transactional website.”
AVB, is a $19.5 billion member-driven co-op that provides merchandising, financing and digital marketing services to nearly 5,000 independent dealers in the U.S. and Canada. BrandSource’s affiliates include ProSource (consumer tech and custom integration); TRIB Group (rent-to-own); Mega Group (Canada); and HFA Buying Source, serving home furnishings dealers nationwide. Visit www.brandsource.com for more information.