April 14, 2020
A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM BRIAN GOUDIE, CEO
March 26, 2020
CARRIER SERVICE UPDATE
We continue to receive updates on the global impact of the COVID-19 virus, and we’re committed to providing relevant updates as we receive them.
March 18, 2020
A LETTER FROM BRIAN GOUDIE, CEO
Dear Aurora Partners and Merchants,
On behalf of the Aurora family, I hope our Aurora partners and your families are safe and doing the best you can under these unique circumstances the world finds itself in.
Coronavirus impacts have been deep and wide and by all accounts, we are facing a significant challenge in the coming weeks and months. Safety of our employees is our number one concern and to that end, Aurora has been working aggressively to outfit all of our employees with the work from home logistics he or she needs to continue to support our sales partners and merchants. Today, after conferring with our Board of Directors, I have made the decision that all Aurora employees will be in a mandated work from home mode until further notice beginning March 19, 2020. We believe with the investments we have made our clients can expect Aurora to support your efforts with the same level of diligence and care we had when our California and Arizona offices are open. The methods you use today to connect with our service team will not change and you can connect with Aurora personnel in the same fashion you have become accustomed to. We will continue to monitor developments around the coronavirus with an eye towards bringing our employees back to our headquarters as soon as possible.
We recognize our partners are going through a time that would have been hard to anticipate and prepare for. Our goal at Aurora despite the adversity we face is to be there for our clients who need us now arguably more than ever. We will continue to be a trusted partner for you through hard work, dedication, collaboration and a commitment to our valued partners.
March 18, 2020
We are here to support your business in the current climate triggered by the Coronavirus. Card issuers are being encouraged to have their cardholders contact merchants prior to initiating chargebacks, and we would like to recommend best practices around these requests:
- A prompt response to customers for refunds and cancellations
- Discuss and agree with cardholders, to accommodate rescheduling the delivery of goods or services purchased wherever possible
- Process refunds for customers who do not agree to reschedule where you are not able to fulfill goods or services
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES
- Small Business Guidance from the US Small Business Administration – https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- Capital One FAQs for those impacted by Covid-19 – https://www.capitalone.com/coronavirus/2/
- Bank of America – https://about.bankofamerica.com/promo/assistance/latest-updates-from-bank-of-america-coronavirus
- American Express – https://www.americanexpress.com/us/customer-service/financial-hardship.html
- Chase – https://www.chase.com/digital/resources/coronavirus?jp_cmp=rb/CV/off/stayconnected/na
- Citi – https://online.citi.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=covid19
- US Bank – https://www.usbank.com/splash/covid-19.html
- Wells Fargo – https://www.wellsfargo.com/jump/enterprise/coronavirus-response
March 13, 2020
AURORA COMMUNICATIONS AND PREPAREDNESS FOR COVID-19
The Coronavirus situation continues to be one marked by the fluidity of information and many questions to be answered. Aurora is monitoring the situation closely and will make the appropriate decisions with employee safety as our primary goal. Aurora has base operations in Tempe, AZ and Moorpark, CA which provides us with redundancy in services at two locations. In addition, two weeks ago I instructed our Senior Technology Officer to invest in and prepare the logistics necessary for key personnel to work from home should we be mandated to work from home or circumstances arise where it is in the best interests of our employees and clients for me to make the decision to mandate our team to work from home. As of today, we are fully functional in both locations. I will update as you as conditions or circumstances change.
I know this is a difficult time globally and here in the United States our history of being a strong and resilient population will be tested over the coming weeks and months. Many of our small business clients are hurting as transaction volumes suffer. We are monitoring our portfolios to ensure we have proper coverage for potential losses all the while trying to be as sensitive as we can in this time of need for our mutual clients. You all have your own challenges locally I am sure with employees who have questions and sales agents who may see reductions in commissions in the coming months. My Mom always told me when times were bad “Brian, this too shall pass” and Mom was inevitably right with her words of wisdom. I will be in communication with you as things evolve.
I thank you all for your partnership and you and your families are in Aurora’s thoughts and prayers.
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