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Try A Shopping Cart Demo For Free

Try A Shopping Cart Demo For Free

Even gone hunting for shopping cart software and got absolutely frustrated in not being able to see what the actual software looks like without having to register for a free trial? Have you even tried looking for a shopping cart demo in the first place? If not, then please look for the demo. Here are a few reasons why this will help.

See What’s Inside

You know how irritating it is when you want to try something out and you’re required to register and reveal your particulars to the provider. Well, another alternative would be to check whether the shopping cart software provider has a demo store that you can play with it. One that you can have fun toying around to see how it works and what it actually looks like from the inside. This is usually known as the Admin mode where you have total control of the entire store. So you’re now the driver and builder. You get to create an entire store from the way it looks to what you want to sell.

Try It Out

People normally do not like to commit themselves when they wish to try something out. They much prefer to try something knowing that they do not have to give anything or reveal any of their contact details. Who can blame them? With all the spamming that’s going around, all you need to do is to leave your email address with certain sites and you can be sure that your inbox will get flooded with promotional materials and advertisements. Well, with a shopping cart demo, the idea is to allow customers and merchants to try out the shopping cart software without requiring anything from them.

No Obligations

Customers and merchants who wish to have a go at the ecommerce solution will not be obligated to sign up for anything. The demo is free for them to use whenever they like to create the store and add in the products of their choice. From choosing the template of their choice to offering gift vouchers and adding in social media to their store, they get to play with all that for free with no strings attached. Once they are happy with what the have created and would like to really set up their own store, then can then proceed to sign up for a free trial or even sign up proper.


So there you have it. The plus points of having some fun trying out a shopping cart demo online. Not only will this provide you an insight on how things are run by a merchant, it will also let you have a look at the actual store from a customer’s perspective. In other words, you get to see what you have created so that when you have your own online store, you will know exactly what you need. Have fun!…

How Mystery Shoppers Provide Value to Businesses

How Mystery Shoppers Provide Value to Businesses

Mystery Shopping has made headlines in recent years as job seekers were lured into mystery shopping scams. Mention mystery shopping to others and they conjure up mental images of getting paid to lounge in coffee shops, restaurants and hotels with their friends. As a successful mystery shopper I find it sad that people often miss the actual service the mystery shopping industry provides.

Mystery shopping is not limited to retail shops like the Gap and Wal Mart and fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s. As a mystery shopper I have visited banks, airport terminals, computer testing facilities, police stations, government agencies and taken many trips aboard public transportation such as subways, buses and taxis. There have been water parks, restaurants, luxury retail outlets as well an indoor ski slope. All of the companies I have visited have one thing in common. The success or failure of their business is determined by how well they service you and I, the customer. Flashy ad campaigns and glittering store fronts my attract the masses but if the masses leave unhappy the business will ultimately fail.

Enter the mystery shopper. Consultancy firms that specialize in helping businesses service improve their customer service ingeniously employ mystery shoppers to gather the data they need to develop a company’s customer service plan. Shopping scenarios and questionnaires are careful devised for each company based on their specific company profile and business needs. For example, if a bank employs a mystery shopping firm to help analyze their performance a multi faceted approach will be employed that will involve multiple mystery shoppers of various profiles. Together the mystery shopping firm and their banking client will develop shopping scenarios for mystery shoppers to perform. Some shoppers will be assigned to determine how well the company handle complaints submitted in person, other shoppers will gather information about how the bank handles complaints and inquires submitted by phone or website. Still other shoppers will enter the banks an interact with tellers, personal banking officers, receptionists and even security guards. The shoppers will all have variable inquires ranging form simple account opening to more complex loans and investment products.

Another example would be an appliance brand that may employ a mystery shopping firm to determine how their brand is being represented across a variety of retailers. Groups of mystery shoppers will each focus on several different scenarios to best determine this. One group may pose as customers specifically shopping for the company’s brand. They will arrive at the store requesting this brand. A second group will pose a customers specifically requesting a competitive brand and a third group will enter stores as undetermined shoppers willing to accept any brand suggestion. After evaluating these different perspectives across several retail outlets the appliance company can understand more completely how their brand is being represented in a variety of scenarios.

Both the bank and the appliance company will have a variety of information about how their company is perceived in vastly different customer situations. This information may reveal that they have a polite and helpful staff who are not properly trained to give detailed product information to customers resulting in a lack of sales. With this information the company can target the company’s weakness which is employee product training and easily and efficiently correct this by increasing staff training which should result in improved sales.

Customers are increasingly seeking and utilizing online services and a thriving bank might come to learn, through mystery shoppers, that the competent service customers receive in person is not duplicated online. If gone unnoticed the bank could easily see a small but steady decline in customer growth because they will not be attracting customers who are increasing utilizing online services. Using the results of the mystery shoppers the bank can target this weakness and improve the company’s overall service and in turn the company’s growth.

Mystery shoppers are employed to help a variety of business improve their service. The shoppers are impartial and objective in their observations in order to uncover the actual state of the company’s service standard. Shoppers follow carefully devised scenarios in order to target what aspects of service the company wish to focus on. The observations and feedback of the mystery shoppers can then be utilized by the companies to improve the customer’s overall experience. Mystery shopping benefits each and every one of us. Businesses gain valuable and targeted information about how to improve their business and profits and customers benefit from increasingly improved…

Online Shopping: A Fun Way to Shop for Holiday Gifts and More

Online Shopping: A Fun Way to Shop for Holiday Gifts and More

The holidays can be a hectic time with all the running to and fro while trying to find the best gifts. But with online shopping, you don’t have to run here and there hoping to find a great deal. You can let your mouse do the searching while you relax on your home computer. And when buying gifts at an online shopping mall, you don’t have to go far to find fantastic brand name products at a bargain.

What’s an Online Mall?

It’s a website that provides access to hundreds of top stores on the Web and gives you the freedom to pick and choose at which stores you wish to shop. Think about a brick-and-mortar mall for a moment. It’s basically a lot of stores under one roof, but each store operates as its own business. The benefits of a mall are innumerable. You can browse store after store without hopping back in your car every time. Visit multiple locations within just a few hours and save time and gas. Also, you can compare products and pricing while there and save dollars on your gift purchases. Malls also usually offer some sort of entertainment, arcade, food court, etc.

Similarly, online shopping sites provide the same type of on the Web. You can visit one website and from that central location, shop at multiple stores, compare prices and special offers, and more. Buying gifts for several people is easy when you’re able to view all your favorite stores at once. Online malls may also offer fun stuff, such as jokes, trivia, contests, etc. It’s more than a shopping experience.

What About Security?

If you take your time and choose a high quality mall, you won’t have to worry about security for your personal shopping information. Secure online malls will take measures to protect your information from spammers and hackers. They don’t sell your information or expose your credit card number to other sources. They use secure ordering features so you can order holiday gifts with peace of mind. Shop at stores such as Macy’s, Lamps Plus, Wal-Mart, Vitamin World, Luxury Bed & Bath, and other great stores without worry.

Gift Ideas

With an online shopping mall, the gift possibilities are endless. Buy for your parents, children, grandparents, co-workers, friends, and others. There are many choices for party auctions, corporate gifts for clients, or even your child’s favorite teacher or coach! Find great gifts such as clothing or apparel, shoes, sporting goods, outdoor gear, bedding, home decor gifts, and more. If hosting a holiday gathering, surprise your guests with delicious gourmet foods as gifts or to serve. Online malls carry all sorts of goodies that can make your holiday party special and memorable.

Once you find a fun, secure online mall that focuses on all your favorite stores and products, you can shop for gifts year round (birthdays, Christmas, graduation, anniversary, baby showers, etc.) and also easily buy the products you need.…

Magento – Perfect E-Commerce Solution

Magento – Perfect E-Commerce Solution

Considering this aspect, e-commerce has taken its shape in a full-fledged manner and n-number of people are willing to create e-commerce solutions. The solutions are both on high demand.

In this race of seeking solutions for your e-commerce site, Magento platform takes a stand and becomes the most popular e-commerce solution. Being an open source solution, greater reliability and stability accompanies the complete package for your e-commerce solution, with the full customisation through the use of templates.

Magento has been designed very well from the outset. There is a clear distinction between ‘core’ code and community/third party code. This means you can install other extensions and modules without fear of impacting Magento upgrades in future or breaking how your site looks. This structure has been integral in allowing Magento Commerce as a great reason to prefer its use.

Backend options, for example, sales track, reports, search record, searches made on the site analysed in addition to in-built support with analytics (this tool provides visibility into the store performance to enable actionable changes to react to your customers needs), and SEO. Catalogue Management can manage the dynamic catalogue through an admin interface. This includes various options in displaying items and products to be sold.

As Magento has proved itself to be the fastest growing e-commerce platform and don’t have to search for long. With an efficient proven front and backend combined with easy methods of adding further functionality, its not actually hard to see why.

Magento is integrated with a variety of major payment gateways out of the box, as well as alternative payment methods from PayPal, Amazon and Google. The foundation of e-commerce hosting is excellence. By providing their clients with a reliable platform, you have the assurance of the best and the most affordable e-commerce hosting. When you subscribe for Magento, you provide your business with better options to improve your management as well as a friendly environment for your valuable customers. With an excellent system, you can increase your visitors and thus, increase your sales. The money you put in it is worth the enormous return of investment.

So, if you really want to get into this pool flooded with e-commerce sites and people seeking solution, why not opt for Magento Commerce and get-set-go with the flow.…

As I Reach For Holy Ground

As I Reach For Holy Ground

Here I am in the state of Illinois, another crisis. They have desecrated our dead, so I was compel to write this, a poem for the living: As I stand here Lord Jesus, As I reach for Holy ground. My heart is overwhelm with grief, just sadness all around. They paid no respect for the dead, and disturb your Holy ground. So I pray for your strength, for me and others, Lord Jesus. For its your kingdom where we are bound. Lord I thank you for your understanding. Understanding that the spirit once lived is away from the body and with you. For its you that I trust Lord Jesus and I know the souls are with you. So thank you Lord, for your wisdom, for your Holy word is true. You said wickedness will increase, and it surely did, you said man would become more greedy and they surely did. You said you will come again, and yes I know this is true. So I sit here watching, watching and waiting for you, to come into full view. Yes, your word stands against all time, and ages. Man tries to do away with or get away with, but they cannot do away or get away from you or your word. Thank you Lord for your word. Thank you Lord for your power, and thank you Lord for your Loving grace. Thank you.

While pondering on this I looked to the Bible and look what it says in the Book of Psalms 10:12; “Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, He won’t call me to account? But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” Yes it is an outright disgrace. Over 300 graves sites have been tampered with and counting. This was a wicked scheme, but we call on Jesus Christ for his strength and to bring into light, what was done in the darkness. It also says in the Book of Proverbs 14:13 “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” It makes you wonder what was their thought when digging up people graves.

I like to call this situation bitter herbs, just another trail. It make me focus on the Book of Lamentations 3:32 it says; “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land, to deny a man his rights before the Most High, to deprive a man of justice-would not the Lord see such things? Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Yes, let us all return to the Lord. Whether victim or robber, may we all pray and turn to the Lord.”

In closing, as I continue to reach for Holy ground, I turned to the Book of 1Peter 1:3 and it says; “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and …

Bass Outlet: A Smart Choice to Shop for Quality Shoes

Bass Outlet: A Smart Choice to Shop for Quality Shoes

How would you like walking on shoes that gives you a very comfortable fit, and a pair that you can always count on for a long time? And would it not be much better if these shoes portray a chic style and is labeled with a recognize brand? Surely, many people will immediately answer yes to these questions. However, these descriptions often fall on footwear products with premium prices in the market; and many people, especially average- earners cannot easily afford them. Fortunately, this is not always the case. A Bass Outlet will give you all these qualities on footwear products, without having to spend top dollars. In addition, there are more deals and bargains that will surely cut a big part from your shopping expenses.

A Bass Factory Outlet is one of the stores managed and operated by G.H. Bass & Co. The Bass brand is a well- known name in the footwear fashion arena. Its products include high end various footwear items for men, women, and children. These products are built with amazing quality, durability and performance that every individual can rely on. Footwear items from Bass are also popular the world over because of these qualities with more and more people getting interested in them.

History of GH Bass & Co.

G.H. Bass & Co. has been in the industry for a long time. It was established in at Wilton Maine in 1876 by George Henry Bass when he bought a local shoe manufacturer, E.P. Packard & Co. He gained full ownership of the said business and changed its name to G.H. Bass & Co. The company was able to develop its products through customer feedbacks. By 1906, the first Bass moccasin was launched. The company became a significant part of history when the US Army made the Bass Aviation Boot as the official boots during the World War I.

Through the years, the company reaped tremendous revenues from its shoe products and have managed to reach and maintain and internationally-recognized stature. The 70s and 80s were great year for the company and marked the acquisition of PVH, one of the top-selling shoe brands in the US. Today, the Bass brand continues to manufacture and distribute casual and weekend footwear that capture the interest of people in the US, Europe, South America, and Asia.

What You Can Find In a Bass Outlet

Shopping in Bass Outlet Stores is a great choice for people who are on the look- out for stylish and high- quality shoes. In fact, these stores are among those that are flocked by shoppers; especially those who trust and patronize the Bass brand. People who live far from outlet stores can shop at a Bass Outlet Online. Here are the reasons why people choose to shop at these stores.

• Great savings, as items in these outlet stores are 20- 40% cheaper than in regular stores.

• More savings during special day promos and clearance sales.

• Even more savings with the use of discount coupons.

• Items are guaranteed authentic and has premium quality despite being old models or slightly defective.

• A wide array of products to choose from.

A Bass Outlet is usually found in outlet malls and centers, but there are also stand-alone outlet stores in selected locations.…

Why Choose Manchester for Your Studies?

Why Choose Manchester for Your Studies?

Manchester is a great choice for students who love big cities and fast-paced lifestyles. With 2,2 million inhabitants, the Greater Manchester Urban Area is one of the UK’s largest and as such boasts a vibrant, multicultural feel.

You can choose between attending the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, or the Royal Northern College of Music that have a huge combined student population. The institutions are located around Oxford Road in the city’s south side with some campuses elsewhere.

With a diverse offering of study programmes among the three establishments, in Manchester you could be studying anything from the Humanities to Engineering to Classical Music.

Let’s see where else Manchester’s appeal lies. Is it the buzzing modern city centre, the nightlife or cultural scene? Well, to be fair it’s a bit of everything!


In a city as big as the North Western pearl, and with as big a student population, you would expect nightlife to be very upbeat, and you’re very right. Unsuprisingly, Manchester has been the cradle of many a well known British band: The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Doves and more that have since inspired more recent musicians. For live music head to places like Band on the Wall, the Ruby Lounge, and the Factory.

For more mainstream bar and club nights, Oxford Road, Fallowville, the Northern Quarter, and Deansgate Locks are your best bets. Many will offer student discounts on certain nights of the week. Some of the biggest club names are Bijou where you can often spot footballers, Sakura a favourite among students, and Mint Lounge a classic among the city’s clubs.

Manchester is also home to a fun and friendly Gay Village, situated the old cobbled Canal Street.

If you spend your first year living in halls, and if you hang around campus often enough, you’ll find you’re never short of a flyer or two advertising the best student deals in town.


For high street shopping and student friendly prices, head to some of the city’s shopping centres: Manchester Arndale, West One Retail Park, the Lowry Outlet Mall, and the Trafford Centre.

Once a month the city hosts a Vintage Fashion Market where you can find rare retro garments and accessories as well as homeware. For more regular vintage fixes, head to shops like Afflecks, Cow, and Retro Rehab.

Other markets are the twice-monthly Real Food Market held at Piccadilly Gardens, Tib Street Fashion Market, and Arndale Market with a bit of everything from food to fashion.

Visitor Attractions

There are certain attractions anyone living in Manchester should visit, as well as show off to any guests you might receive throughout your years of studying. Whitworth Gallery is amazing both in terms of the collections it houses, and the building itself set in beautiful parkland.

A bizarre and altogether different experience is a visit to the Stockport Air Raid Shelters just a short trip outside the city where you can witness what it would have been like to hide underground during the war and bombings.

John Rylands Library in Deansgate is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece that echoes the design of period castles and cathedrals. The collection beautifully complements the building’s architecture with pieces including the oldest known part of the New Testament, and a 1476 edition of Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.

Since most halls of residence won’t allow overnight visitors due to fire regulations, accommodate your guests in a central hotel in Manchester Piccadilly that’s close to transport links and attractions. They can save money by choosing a hotel with breakfast included.…