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Trade Exchanges Adapt & Innovate in Challenging Times


Trade Exchanges Adapt & Innovate to Meet Their Members’ Needs During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 virus is clearly the biggest health and economic challenge of our lifetime. There is no doubt that the effects of state mandatory shutdowns for non-essentials businesses will negatively impact our trade volume. These are difficult times for everybody.

But the good news is many exchanges are staying positive and adopting innovative pro-active approaches to attack the issues head-on, such as:

  • Focusing on the members who can work; take-out/delivery restaurants & caterers, auto repair/body work, landscapers, pressure washers, deck companies, website & graphic design, security systems, prints/radio advertising, answering services, employee benefit programs, legal/accounting services, etc.
  • Using UC wherever possible to access goods and services that may not be in your local exchange.
  • Using the downturn to try to get those companies that can still work to join your exchange – their receptivity is at an all-time high right now. Trade exchanges are a ready-made buying group eager to do business with new members.

Ours is a unique niche industry, that truly does provide an important service to virtually all businesses. We will have an enormous opportunity to bring-on new members, once the wheels of commerce begin to roll again. Until then, stay safe and keep positive – we will get through this together – and come out of it stronger than ever!

Lastly, rest assured that IRTA and UC will remain open and accessible for you during these challenging times. We are here to help you in any way we can. Call us, or write us at:

Ron Whitney

Patty Weston