Securing your online store for the holidays

Shopping season is here, and so is the opportunity for ecommerce site owners to grow their business and generate profit.

With the shifting global ecommerce climate produced by the recent pandemic, comes the ever growing importance of securing your website to protect your users — and your website’s revenue.

The most important thing to keep in mind during the holidays is that your online customers depend on you to protect their data.

As an ecommerce website owner, you’re required to follow the PCI-DSS compliance requirements. These requirements are governed by major credit card companies to securely handle cardholder information — and you’re obligated to follow them, even if you don’t process any payments yourself.

While we’ve outlined some PCI requirements for your reference, it’s important to keep in mind that PCI compliance violations aren’t the only negative impact you can expect in the event of compromise.

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3 Secrets to Building a Winning Sales Culture


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Let’s hire a hotshot, expert closer, and to make sure the rest of the company helps out, let’s add “everyone sells” as a rallying cry to address our slumping

I have heard that line from so many companies struggling to generate sales. In an average organization, sales rely on the capabilities of a few skilled individuals who are rewarded for creating as many transactions as possible. They do whatever it takes to close the deal and create temporary results — temporary because they must be consistently recreated for a to survive.

On the other hand, everyone else attempts to rise to the vague “everyone sells” call-to-action, despite being plagued by the question, “What does that mean exactly?” If sales becomes absolutely results-driven without consulting anyone else, the company will become less productive and

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401k Early Withdrawal: What to Know Before You Cash Out

When it comes to making a 401k early withdrawal, there are a number of reasons why it might be tempting. With millions still unemployed due to the pandemic, unexpected expenses are taking a particularly hard toll. One reason why early withdrawal isn’t uncommon in the U.S. might be because it’s easy to assume you’ll have time to rebuild your 401k nest egg.

However, is the benefit of withdrawing your retirement savings early truly worth the cost? For many people, their 401k is their primary method of investing in their financial future. Before making a decision about early withdrawal, it’s important to consider the penalties and fees that could impact you. Read on to learn exactly what happens when you decide to dip into your 401k so you won’t be surprised by the repercussions.

How Much Are You Penalized for a 401k Early Withdrawal?

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Ex-NBA Player Shawn Kemp To Open Seattle’s First Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary

Legendary Seattle Supersonics power forward and six-time NBA All-Star Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp has announced that he has entered the cannabis business.

 Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis opens later this month in Seattle.

The business is located at 3035 1st Ave. in the heart of the city near the Climate Pledge Arena and famed Space Needle. When it opens its doors on Friday, Oct. 30, it will become Seattle’s first Black-owned dispensary. Kemp’s former teammate, NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, will join the celebration with a green ribbon-cutting ceremony slated to start at 12:45 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, the store will open to the public.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming Sonics fans on a regular basis, starting with opening day,” said Kemp in a statement.

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