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Box and Rowe Co. – Makes giving presents easy

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Box & Rowe Co. carved out a pretty sweet niche for themselves. The gifts you give people for a housewarming. I never know what to get people in those occasions!

My favorite thing about them is their product pictures. They look nicely wrapped which makes me want to buy them even more and hand them out as gifts.

Box and Row Co. Delightful Cookie Tower - Hosted Ecommerce Store on Flying Cart

Featured Store: Smart Mom

Friday, October 15th, 2010

We all want a healthy environment for our children, and Smart Mom has a product line striving for just that. They specialize in the best goods for your children, with a focus on cleanliness and the prevention of spreading germs to your little bundle of joy.

From nursing pillows to their ingenious shopping cart covers, Smart Mom is on a mission to keep your child safe in high style.

Great Read: eBay Says Small, Online Retail Beats Brick-and-Mortar On Carbon Footprint & Calculates By How Much

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

photo: Keith Williamson via flickr

Originally published by TreeHugger

With a new debate ongoing on whether the touted environmental benefits of telecommuting are true, here’s a related tangent to consider: A new white paper done by Cooler at the behest of eBay attempts to quantify the carbon footprint reduction associated with small, online businesses.

Here’s the complete paper and one example:
Compared to a single big box retail store grossing $100 million per year, new data reveals that the day-to-day operations of $100 million in sales through small, Web-based businesses generate approximately 1,400 tons fewer CO2-equivalent emissions per year than their offline counterparts: that’s the same amount of energy it takes to power 108 homes for a year. The impact of an individual shopper is equally dramatic – a consumer who spends $100 at a brick-and-mortar retail store is paying to release about 53 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the same as nearly three gallons of gas from a mid-sized vehicle.
The paper goes into how that’s calculated, taking into account lots a variables on what it takes to have an actual storefront, warehousing, average distance traveled to stores, etc etc. At the broadest level I’m not sure it’s worth it to parse how that was done; check it out for yourself if you’re so inclined.

But what is worth pointing out is this:

Low-Carbon Transport Options, Better Community Development Could Change Situation
1) All of these factors, particularly those regarding average distance travelled to stores and how those trips are made, are based on current conditions of community development. Which means that these stats only are meaningful in a current and short-term context. Should in the mid-to-long term, assuming more communities have better public transit and there is more local development allowing for significantly lowering this segment of the overall carbon footprint of a purchase, the balance could even out. In other words, just because small online businesses appear better today does not mean that it’s necessarily the best form of distributing goods five or ten years from now. It may be or may not be.

Real-World Businesses Have Benefits Not Encapsulated in Carbon Footprint
2) There are benefits to small real-world businesses that occur outside of carbon footprint. Though difficult to quantify and compare against that 1,400 tons GHG savings, having vibrant communities with a variety of small locally owned businesses is something worth working towards in more places regardless of the climate effect.

All of which isn’t an argument against online small retail–in fact, in the spirit of full disclosure, in my non-TreeHugger life, I operate a de facto micro online business selling used books, and mostly only buy used books as well, much of the time from similar small online sellers. Small, online retail connects buyers and sellers in very much mutually enriching ways, no doubt about it.

It’s Not An Either-Or Situation
3) The thing is that it’s not, nor should it be an either-or situation. There are real benefits to online retailing and mass delivery for some goods, as there are genuine and broad benefits to having vibrant local brick-and-mortar businesses. The two are in no way mutually exclusive and it’s wrong to try to justify one over the other on differences in carbon savings alone.

Though Cooler’s work for eBay gives an interesting and valuable insight into part of the retail picture and its connection with climate change, ultimately, a more holistic perspective is required in evaluating the plusses and minuses of the situation.

Site Keywords Should Be More Than Just a Meta Tag

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

As you probably already know, getting your business online is only the first step—now you’ve got to get customers to your site. That means letting search engines know what you’ve got to offer so that potential customers can find you through searching.


To get started, make use of the Basic Marketing Tools section in your Flying Cart HQ and fill out your Website Title, Site Description and Site Keywords. This information shows up in the meta section of your website, which search engines can look at to get a quick assessment of what your page is all about. (This can be done on any website using HTML, but we like to make it easier for you.) Choose a website title that is descriptive and uses the keywords that you want to focus on. Next, write a site description that explains what your site is all about. You don’t want to just list keywords here. This is the first thing customers see when they find your website in search results, so take the time to explain what you’re all about. Next, fill out your site keywords with terms that are most related to your topic. Try not to go crazy and spam up this field with a ton of keywords… choose a few really strong ones to focus on. But don’t worry too hard—this section isn’t actually as important as you may imagine.

Yeah I know… you’re probably thinking, “Wait what? I thought site keywords were really important!” Let me explain.

Keywords are really important, but this field isn’t. While meta keywords used to be very important, search engines have become more sophisticated and don’t rely so heavily on this section. Part of the reason for this change is that many websites abused this section, filling it with excessive, unrelated keywords.

“So if keywords are important, but search engines don’t rely on the keyword meta tag, then how they heck do they find my keywords?” The answer is simple: in your homepage content.


So the next thing you should do in your HQ is go to Store > Homepage and fill out your welcome message. This is your opportunity to tell not only potential customers, but search engines more about your store. Take some time and write a few paragraphs (200-400 words) about your store and make sure you include those keywords. Don’t just list them off of course, but write thoughtful (and most importantly) original content with meaningful context built around your keywords. If you take the time to do this you will see your search position climb in no time.

Top Benefits of Selling Online

Friday, June 8th, 2007

1. Low setup + operational costs. You don’t need to pay shop assistants or rent any space.
2. Reducing order related processing costs, customer orders will come automatically come straight into your e-mail.
3. Reach a large audience, where your products can be seen across the world.
4. Be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
5. Receive payment quickly from online transactions.
6. Improving your offerings using the data gathered by tracking customer purchases.
7. Use your online shop as an online catalog.