Online Retail

The Big Launches

Online Retail,Technology,Web Development

Today,, and Petsmart Training all go live with revamped looks and more user friendly experiences. I am very proud of all three of them, the people involved and I have all worked very hard to make these come to life. It was a team effort and we pulled together and made some very significant improvements to the sites.

They are all listed in my showcase now because I am very proud of the results of all of our work. Now we just need to see if all of our hard work pays off. Hopefully, we didn’t just do this all to impress ourselves, but rather to improve our customers’ experiences and make shopping much easier and more enjoyable. Wish us luck!

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eBay Bans Google Checkout

Google,Online Marketing,Online Retail,Technology

eBay’s Safe Payments policy states that a payment service must have a “substantial historical track record of providing safe and reliable financial and/or banking related services.”

Google’s spokesperson said yesterday, “Google Checkout is not a beta product. Google has a long history in billing and payments for AdWords and for premium services, such as Google Video.”

Okay, so Google has been processing peoples’ payments for awhile now in other areas, but for some reason, they are considered new to the game. Seriously, who doesn’t trust Google? All I know is that if Google came out with running shoes tomorrow, I would buy them because it is Google and they don’t put products out there that don’t live up to our standards.

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Always looking for the best price?

Online Retail,Technology

If you are carrying around a Web enabled phone, shopping just got a whole lot easier. With this new plugin for your phone, which is free by the way, you can enter in the barcode of an item you find in the store and instantly compare online prices, access reviews, and redeem coupons.

This sounds great in theory and I would love to try it out and tell you all about it, but it doesn’t let me send it to my Verizon phone. As soon as I can get it installed, I will start using it and let you know if it is worth the time or not. However, I think it looks and sounds like a great tool so please give it a shot and let me know what you think about it.

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Google Checkout

Google,Online Retail,Technology

Well, Google is finally rolling out its own ecommerce solution… sort of, it is more PayPal-esque than anything else. What they are offering is a place to store your purchasing information that will simplify online transactions. So how does it work? It seems really simple (I have signed up, but not purchased anything yet), but I am only going off what I have read so far.

First, you setup an account with Google Checkout, then you search through Google for what you are wanting to purchase, you will see a shopping cart icon next to results that allow Google Checkout to be used. When you locate items you would like to purchase, just add them to your cart as your normally do, then when it is time to checkout, their will be a Google Checkout Button. Click the button and then the magic happens.

I have been waiting for this to come out for awhile now, so naturally, as soon as I saw it I signed up. The only problem is, I don’t have anything to buy yet. As soon as I buy something, I will let you know how the process worked and if it is worth the time, but seriously, it’s Google, it has to be worth the time… right?

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