Staying Open During Covid19 Is A Mixed Blessing Says Owner of First Aid Global LLC

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Insights from a medical supplier confirm that business is moving online and away from local merchants.

First aid cabinet sits unused in an empty kitchen

What I miss most about our local businesses was the ability to walk into a restaurant and enjoy some of LA's fabulous cuisine.

First Aid Global LLC is a medical product supplier in Los Angeles selling to both online customers as well as local businesses like law firms, restaurants, entertainment companies and manufacturing industries across LA County. However, the Coronavirus has shut the local economies down and shifted revenues to mostly online platforms.

"We've seen the closing of so many of our local businesses," says Todd West, CFO of First Aid Global LLC. "Aside from the obvious closings of our movie production industries, I think the one that hurts the most are the restaurants. We had hundreds of restaurant customers and in a city like Los Angeles, that really means a lot. And while our service vans sit idle during this pandemic, our website traffic and sales have increased ten-fold over the last 6 months and that represents the current bulk of our business."

First Aid Global LLC sells PPE and disinfectants to hospitals, municipalities, nursing homes and most importantly to families looking for their own health protection. Much of their full line of first aid products, tablets in sealed packets, emergency preparedness kits and pandemic supplies can be found online at http://www.firstaidglobal.com.

"I worry that online giants are gobbling up businesses and training Americans to shop online instead of visiting their local merchants," West continues. "What I miss most about our local businesses was the ability to walk into a restaurant and enjoy some of LA's fabulous cuisine. It's a real shame that many of these restaurants may never recover."

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