October 24th, 2014

Bongo US E-Commerce Partnership with Hara Partners

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on October 24th, 2014

Bongo US

Hara Partners is excited to announce our partnership with Bongo US. Bongo was established in 2007 to enable Global Consumers to purchase and receive goods irrespective of their physical location. With offices in America’s East and West Coast, UK, Belgium and Peru, the possibilities for delivering goods expands significantly.

Bongo offers a shipping calculator to account for all cost associated to the shipment. When the the goods arrive to Bongo, they can ship to the customer in as little as 3 days. There is no third party interaction. Translations are available in 16 languages and 71 currencies are accepted. Bongo US offers the quickest and most affordable solution to international shipping.

Bongo US Uses for Consumers

Bongo US offers personal shopping experiences for customers who cannot find specific items they are looking for. If there are items shipping from multiple locations to Bongo US, the shipments can be consolidated to a single shipment to save on customs, taxes and fees.

Bongo US promises the right goods are being shipped properly by sending the customer a picture of the goods that are being shipping. The customer can have tracking information sent to their email, facebook or twitter accounts. Affordable insurance can also be added to the shipments.

Bongo US works by the customer buying goods, which are then shipped to the Bongo headquarters. Bongo US collects the good, send the customer a picture and gets the order ready. Then the goods are shipped to the customer and the tracking information is provided.

Bongo US Uses for Businesses

Bongo US acts as the link between the consumer and the business. Neither have to meet and Bongo US does the work. There are three services offered to businesses for seamless transactions.

Bongo Export is a fully integrated eCommerce solution provides a seamless shopping experience for international customers while maintaining merchant brand integrity.

Bongo Checkout is a modular eCommerce solution promotes safe acceptance of international eCommerce orders with guaranteed fraud protections.

Bongo Extend is a powerful shopping cart plugin that enables international shoppers to obtain shipping addresses in the US, EU, UK, and South America and make purchases from your eCommerce store immediately.

For a full list of services, please visit the Bongo US website.

October 23rd, 2014

QuickView: The Ultimate Timesaving Extension

Category:Solutions | Posted By Mai Erne on October 23rd, 2014

magento quickviewDear Magento aficionados: a new extension has arrived that could save you all the time-costly hassle of having to manally view product details on a webpage for days on end. QuickView allows you to remove unnecessary page reloads and simplify the catalog browsing. You can allow your customers to preview the product details directly from the Category page. A neat and handy pop-up window containing crucial product info will allow the visitor to swiftly make their decision, and get back to shopping with no delays.

I know what you’re thinking: “Why didn’t anyone make this sooner? Aren’t we supposed to be in the twenty-first century over here?” Correct, but developers’ minds can only move so fast. Just be glad that QuickView is here, to take all that previous hassle away (as all good extensions should).

QuickView is a Magento module, not a template hack, so you can install into your current Magento website, and use QuickView immediately. The module is powered by AJAX technology, and offers extensive options for configuring the pop-up window. You can set it up to include:

—short/full description

—rating and reviews summary

—additional information

—stock availability info

—add to cart/wishlist button

QuickView’s Additional Features:

—Instant Product Details preview from a Category page

—AJAX-based pop-up

 

Fully Customizable Pop-Up:

—size

—layout

—border color

—progress indicator image

Multiple Pop-Up Actions:

—Add Product to Cart / Wishlist

—Submit Review

—Proceed to Product Page

—View previous/next product

—Zoom images

Here is also some information on QuickView’s back-end:

The information that is displayed on the Product popup such as product reviews, short description, Add to cart and Wishlist links, and previous next buttons are completely configurable from the backend.

You can adjust the width and height of Quickview window

You can turn on / off review, add to cart button, footer links, detail product description

You can upload another loading icon to replace the default loading icon.

You can change the background color, Quickview border color, background opacity and the position of Quickview window

Change the size of product main images and size of product screenshot

Elated? We knew you would be. Give us a call and we’ll hook you up with the goods as soon as you feel like you need it.

October 22nd, 2014

EDI Connector for Magento by Hara Partners

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on October 22nd, 2014

EDI Connector for Magento by Hara Partners

edi connector

You’ve read about some of our awesome services in the past. Right now, one of our hottest products is the Magento EDI Connector.

What’s EDI?

EDI or Electronic Data Interchange was introduced decades ago as a standardized communications interface between different computer systems to enhance and standardize communications. EDI started in the early 1980s by implementing Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 standards. EDI communications is transmitted through networks called VANs (Value Added Networks). EDI was standardized by the NIST in 1996, at which point it was already somewhat outdated with the rise of the Internet.

Simply put, EDI provides a standardized way of exchanging documents and confirming the receipt of such documents. Most EDI communication happens between suppliers and retailers, and it’s widely used by large retailers to standardize and streamline their operations. EDI is capable of communicating shipment information including what time to expect a truck on a loading doc, with the receiver able to confirm the scheduling.

What We Do

The Magento EDI Connector hooks you into any EDI VAN (Value Added Network) seamlessly in real-time.

Getting started with EDI is easy and you can soon be sending order and shipping information more effectively and efficiently. Using Hara Partners’ Magento EDI Connector can speed up the process tremendously and get you going in just a few days.

  1. The first thing you will need is a VAN or a traditional way to connect to your trading partners. You may be able to use something as basic as (S)FTP to send and receive EDI documents.
  2. Once you are able to send and receive EDI documents, you will have to create the proper documents and be able to interpret the responses. This is where the Magento EDI Connector comes in.
  3. The Magento EDI Connector allows you to quickly generate the documents you need and parse the documents you are receiving, no matter how complex they are. -
  4. With the Magento EDI Connector, you can easily toggle between test orders and go live hassle-free.

More Info

If this sounds hot to you (and we know it does), you can read more about the EDI Connector on our page.

October 21st, 2014

Googlebot Optimization: Going a Step Beyond SEO

Category:Marketing | Posted By Mai Erne on October 21st, 2014

googlebot optimization

Googlebot Optimization: Going a Step Beyond SEO

The difference between Googlebot optimization and regular search engine optimization is that Googlebot optimization is focused on how Google’s crawler accesses your site. A site’s crawlability is the important first step to ensuring its searchability.

What is Googlebot?

Googlebot is Google’s search bot (also known as a spider) that crawls the web and creates an index. The amount of time that Googlebot gives to your site is called “crawl budget.” The greater a page’s authority, the more crawl budget it receives.

Google’s Googlebot article says that  “Googlebot shouldn’t access your site more than once every few seconds on average.” In other words, your site is always being crawled, provided your site is accurately accepting crawlers. 

Googlebot first accesses a site’s robots.txt to find out the rules for crawling the site. Any pages that are disallowed will not be crawled or indexed. A robots.txt is essential is because it serves as a directive to the Googlebot. Googlebot will spend its crawl budget on any pages on your site. You need to tell the Googlebot where it should and shouldn’t expend crawl budget. If there are any pages or silos of your site that should not be crawled, please modify your robots.txt accordingly.

The less Googlebot is spending time on unnecessary sections of your site, the more it can crawl and return the more important sections of your site.

Content that is crawled more frequently is more likely to gain more traffic. Although pagerank is probably the main factor in crawl frequency, it’s likely that the pagerank becomes less important when compared with freshness factor of similarly ranked pages.

It’s especially crucial for Googlebot optimization to get your low ranked pages crawled as often as possible. By using internal linking, you can also provide a map for Googlebot to follow as it crawls your site.

Read more about Googlebot Optimization on KISSmetrics’ blog.

October 20th, 2014

Walmart e-Commerce Focus for Profits

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on October 20th, 2014

Walmart e-Commerce

 

In recent months, Walmart’s shares have dropped 3.6%. In the last quarter of the year, Walmart e-Commerce has become the focus in the tough economy. Throughout the year, the company has redone their entire sales outlook.

At the beginning of fiscal year 2015, the company planned to have 3%-5% revenue. In reality, they are scheduled to have 2%-3% revenue. Walmart has already planned down for fiscal year 2016 at 2%-4% revenue. A recent article shows how greatly the company has changed.

Throughout the company’s lifetime, they have had strong growth. With the economy changing, Walmart’s revenue is hurting like many retail businesses. Consumers have become careful and more cautious in how they spend their money.

Walmart depends on the low to middle class system for their top line sales. But, the lower and middle class now face challenges that make it harder to purchase goods. They have reduced food stamps, stagnate wages, rising gas prices, delayed income tax refunds, and high payroll taxes.

 

Walmart e-Commerce is Financially Beneficial

 

As a focus turns on Walmart e-Commerce, they plan to invest $1.2-$1.5 billion. In fiscal year 2015, they planned to spend around $0.8 billion, and actually spent around $1 billion. These investments will go toward building new distribution centers and added new technology.

Walmart e-Commerce is planned to grow their revenue by 25% in fiscal year 2016. Between fiscal year 2016 and 2018, the company plans to grow by 30%-40%.

Walmart invests in e-Commerce because it is a nessecity for maintaining growth in the business. With less resources, consumers are looking for the easiest way to buy whatever they need.

The convince of online selling has become a trend for many companies. Instead of going into the store, consumers want the reliability, convince and ease of buying items in a few minutes. Walmart has relied too heavily on the fact that consumers will come into the store based on their name. Now, Walmart e-Commerce has to sell itself to the online consumer.