storeBlox CS: Supply Chain ManagementSeptember 24, 2010
storeBlox CS now includes complete vendor management for both drop ship purchase orders and pick slips.
This feature works for both custom items that must be ordered in quantity from a supplier and for inventoried items in your warehouse.
Just specify the vendor type and storeBlox CS generates the appropriate email automatically. Inventoried items in warehouses receive pick slips and suppliers/decorators receive a purchase order. Mixed orders are handled seamlessly without any need for intervention.
Mess something up? Both types of notifications can be re-sent from the Order Management console. Click here to schedule a demo of storeBlox CS; or, for more information on the most advanced e-commerce system for promotional products company stores, click here.
Giving up on Organic SearchAugust 4, 2010
As I was searching for a gift late one evening using Google, I came to a shocking realization. For all the work eBlox has done over the years in organic search – optimizing websites and links so that pages come up high in Google’s rankings – I’ve been won over by the “other” side of Google’s search results page. That’s right: I click on ads. Specifically, the “pay-per-click” ads that run down the right side and top of Google’s search results page. For me, those “Sponsored Links” have become a more reliable way to find many of the things I’m looking for. And if my behavior has changed, you can bet that other users’ habits are changing too.
Why on earth would I click an advertisement for “imprinted ceramic mugs” when Google has invested billions of dollars in technology to show me the absolute best, top-notch, high-quality, popular web site for ceramic mugs right there in the middle of the page? Quite a few reasons, actually, but the most salient one may be that Google has quite a few more billions riding on the accuracy and effectiveness of those ads that surround the natural results than the results themselves. Google’s stated mission is to organize the world’s information, but their balance sheet tells the real story: Google is an advertising company. That’s not to suggest Google neglects their organic search results; quite the opposite. Google’s search results are probably the best they can possibly be given the volume of information they have to process.
Custom URLsJuly 14, 2010
For those of you that really like to tweak your search engine indexing performance, storeBlox 2 now offers custom URL management for products. storeBlox has long had the capability of automatically generating keyword-based URLs derived from each product name. However, many of you would like to add keywords to the URL that you wouldn’t normally include in a product name.
Now, this is as simple as entering the segment of the URL path in webBlox:
Contact us with questions on implementing this feature.