January 19th, 2015

ShipWorks – Meet Your New Best Friend

Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on January 19th, 2015

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ShipWorks – Your New Best Friend

Ordering from online stores can always be a hassle. ShipWorks allows you to download orders from your online store and makes the process of shipping them that much easier.

You can use ShipWorks for custom invoices, pick lists, monthly reports, promotional emails, and all sorts of stuff that you need to do after you make a sale.

ShipWorks is amazingly affordable, and is priced per online marketplace and automatically adjusts based on your volume each month.

Included with every ShipWorks account are:

  • Free phone, email, and forum support
  • Unlimited number of computers
  • Unlimited number of user, shipping accounts, and orders

Online Marketplaces

ShipWorks connects directly to each of your online marketplaces and lets you manage all of them in one place.

If you use a marketplace we don’t support, ShipWorks can automate importing flat files, Excel document, and XML. 

Or you could have a developer create a ShipWorks integration using our Generic API documentation.

All of your order details are brought into ShipWorks, including product weights, item thumbnails, and requested shipping methods so that ShipWorks has all the information you need right at your fingertips.

ShipWorks also updates the online status of your orders automatically, so that depending on your online store, ShipWorks can send back one or more of the tracking numbers, shipping methods, costs, and payment status of each order.

Processing returns with ShipWorks is simple and convenient. ShipWorks supports processing return service labels for both FedEx, UPS and USPS shipments. Choose from a variety of options for UPS Returns including Electronic Return Labels that are emailed directly to your customer. For UPS returns via Endicia, simply choose the mail class for the return shipment and print a prepaid return label for your customer.

As a desktop application, ShipWorks is able to use any printer or scale you have with no trouble at all.

If you’re interested in ShipWorks and you would like more information, please check out their website.

January 16th, 2015

How to Install Magento Manually – A Step-by-Step Guide

Category:Hara Partners | Posted By Mai Erne on January 16th, 2015

How to Install Magento Manually – A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1

The first thing you need to do to install Magento manually is to download the latest installation packages from the official Magento website.

Step 2

Next, you must upload the installation package on your hosting account through your cPanel -> File Manager, or using an FTP client.

In case you want the Magento installation to be primary for your domain (i.e., to run from http://yoursite.com), you need to extract the content of the installation package in the public_html folder.

On the other hand, if you want it to be in a subfolder like http://yoursite.com/store, you need to extract the content to public_html/store.

Once you upload the package, you can extract it through your cPanel -> MySQL Databases. Remember the database details, since you will need them during the script installation.

Step 3

Create a MySQL database and assign a user to it through cPanel -> MySQL databases. Remember the database details, since you will need them during the script installation.

Step 4

Go through the Magento installation process.

In our example you will install Magento to the public_html/store folder. Once the package is uploaded and extracted and you have a MySQL database, navigate to http://yoursite.com/store:

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Click on the check box next to “I agree to the above terms and conditions” and click on the Continue button.

Now, choose the preferred “Time Zone, Locale and Currency and press the Continue button.

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Next, enter the database details: Database Name, User Name and User Password. You can leave the other options intact. Make sure that you place a check on the “Skip Base URL validation before next step” option. Then, click the Continue button to proceed.

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At this point you should enter the personal information and the admin login details which you want to use. You can leave the Encryption Key field empty and the script will generate one for you. Once more, click the Continue button.

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Finally, write down your encryption key; it will be used by Magento to encrypt passwords, credit cards and other confidential information.

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January 15th, 2015

Converge – Formerly Virtual Merchant, Accepts Payments Your Way

Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on January 15th, 2015

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Converge – Formerly Virtual Merchant, Accepts Payments Your Way

Converge Solutions, formerly known as Virtual Merchant, specializes in credit card processing for your new or existing business. The company offers a complete one-step process for accepting credit card payments.

“We offer payment solutions for all types of businesses, including retail store front, mail-order, phone-order, trade shows, professionals, service industry, home-based and Internet.”

Regardless of your business’s size or industry, there are many benefits in having the ability to process credit card transactions.

By accepting multiple forms of payment, you give your customers options and improve their experiences. You also introduce a new audience of customers to grow your business organically.

In addition, card processing is an efficient, convenient payment solution that helps you improve cash flow by ensuring timely, automatic deposits to your account.

Value-added services like gift card and prepaid card programs can provide a new channel for generating profits and increasing your revenue. Check protection services can also help you limit your risk from bad checks.

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How Card Processing Works

When a customer pays for products or services with a credit card, the card information is recorded—either by manual entry, a card imprinter, point-of-sale (POS) terminal, or virtual terminal—and then verified so that the merchant can receive payment for the transaction.

The process involves the following parties:

  • Cardholder: the owner of the card used to makea  purchase
  • Merchant: the business accepting credit card payments for products or services sold to the cardholder
  • Acquirer: the financial institution or other organization that provides card processing services to the merchant
  • Card association: a network such as VISA or MasterCArd that act as a gateway between the acquirer and issuer for authorizing and funding transactions
  • Issuer: the financial instutition or other organization that issued the credit card to the cardholder
  • If this sounds like an interesting deal, check out Converge online.

    January 14th, 2015

    Magicalia Commerce – A Sophisticated Ecommerce Platform

    Category:E-Commerce | Posted By Mai Erne on January 14th, 2015

     Magicalia Commerce – A Sophisticated Ecommerce Platform

    magiccommerceMagicalia Commerce operates a sophisticated software-as-a-service ecommerce platform, powering online retail environments of small and medium-sized retailers.

    Magicalia Commerce was founded out of a desire to provide advertising clients with a powerful and effective way of consistently converting generated traffic into online sales.

    Readily indexable by all search engines, the technology provides the user with the means to easily merchandise their product range online.

    The technology combines market leading technology and expert commercial support with the primary aim of ensuring a solid return on investment.

    Our sophisticated software-as-a-service ecommerce platform powers the online retail environments of small and medium-sized retailers. We have a truly excellent record of building rapidly scaling digital revenues for emerging retailers online.

    Here at Magicalia Commerce we have more than 60 clients who ship hundreds of orders per day with a combined turnover in excess of £18m per year.

    We give you a platform that continuously fulfils the needs of the fast changing eCommerce industry, one that assists you in driving traffic to your site with features that increase your conversation rate and your average order value all while providing you with the tools to retain your customers, be it Search Engine Optimisation, Pay Per Click advertising, Newsletter marketing or Social Media interaction.

    We’ve been involved with online communication and ecommerce for more than a decade and have a strong successful background in facing the challenges associated.

    Immediate offers an easy to use ecommerce platform with everything you need to sell your products online. Whether you are looking to expand or kick start your online business, we provide a scalable platform, supported by a strong technical and marketing team.

    We combine market-leading technology and expert commercial support; our primary aim is to ensure you receive a solid return on investment. The platform is modular so retailers have the flexibility to choose modules that suit them and benefit from low cost, fast site builds.

    Readily indexable by all search engines, our ecommerce platform gives clients the means to easily merchandise their product range online.

    Our sophisticated software is developed on .NET code base for seamless integration of ecommerce environments.

    To find out more about Magicalia, read more about us here.

    January 13th, 2015

    Magento Quiet Logistics Connector

    Category:Magento | Posted By Mai Erne on January 13th, 2015

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    Magento Quiet Logistics Connector

    Quiet Logistics is a total warehouse solution encouraging efficiency and speed in the world of packaging and shipping. Using a fleet of robots powered with sophisticated mathematical software, it helps retailers ship their goods to customers with minimum cost at maximum efficiency. Quiet Logistics boasts an impressive 99.99% order and inventory accuracy as well as 3 times the volume of standard fulfillment centers, making it the wave of the future in the warehoouse management industry.

     The Quiet Logistics Solution

    Quiet Logistics is the only warehouse system that uses the advanced Kiva Robot Systems for industry leading accuracy for inventory management and order management. Quiet Logistics also provides an advanced client portal with real-time information on inventory, purchase orders, and shipping orders. Once an order is received the system automatically pulls inventory levels from the warehouse and shares it with the Magento store through Magento Quiet Logistics Integration streamlining the process and eliminating confusion at every level. After the order has been picked and packed the system updates the shipping information for easy product tracking. All this translates into greater profits and customer satisfaction. Hara Partners improves the global online marketplace one business at a time. Our third party logistics services include:

  • Unprecedented 99.99% order and inventory accuracy
  • A Client Portal with real time reports on inventory, POs and Shipping Order
  • Solutions for Direct to Consumer and Direct to Retail
  • 3-4x volume throughput of standard fulfillment centers
  • A dedicated account manager
  • Immediate Onboarding
  • Value-added services including branded boxes, stickers and tissue paper
  • Real time scalability that will keep pace as your business grows
  • If this is something that interests you, we are happy to accomodate you with the set-up. Please check out or Magento Quiet Logistics Connector page, and then contact us whenever you’re good and ready. Tap into Quiet Logistics’ advanced fulfillment and tracking platform using this Connector to Magento.