Newly enhanced website features include improved navigation, intelligent search and a variety of tools for both business and consumers.
Garland, TX (PRWEB) April 02, 2012
Internet lighting retailer 1000Bulbs.com has revealed a variety of customer experience improvements to their website in recent months. The aesthetic and functional changes are the product of suggestions by the lighting retailers customer base and lighting industry experts. The improvements include a cleaner look, intuitive navigation, intelligent search, social network integration, customer reviews and a variety of tools for both businesses and consumers.
One of the most significant improvements to the website is an integrated product search that intelligently returns accurate search results while omitting any irrelevant results, a drastic change from the websites previous simple text search. The search also helps customers find products with faceted navigation of results, enabling the customer to filter results by price, manufacturer and other product specifications.
Customers may also save their frequently ordered products to Favorites folders. This feature provides users with the ability to repeat recent orders without re-adding each product to their shopping cart. Similar customer-oriented features include an address book and payment method selector, which allow users to save multiple addresses and credit card numbers for shipping or payment. For the first time, international customers may also order from the site and ship to addresses outside the US.
Customers, too, have enhanced the 1000Bulbs.com shopping experience by writing more than 5,000 product reviews. The site's new review functionality allows customers to write a review, give a product a rating from one to five stars and evaluate the effectiveness and value of the product. The review area also encourages customers to upload application photos for display on the product page. Other customers can vote on the helpfulness of individual reviews and share their favorite reviews via Facebook, Twitter or Digg. 1000Bulbs.com customer reviews are also archived at dedicated subdomain of the site as a customer shopping aid.
An improved feature aimed at commercial clients is the new "quotes" area. The feature allows a 1000Bulbs.com sales representative to send quotes for large-quantity orders to clients' account pages for their review. Customers may review the quotes for a 30-day period by logging into their account. The quotes area is one of many features designed to integrate the company's web and person-to-person sales experiences.
1000Bulbs.com also enhanced preexisting features after carefully assessing customer feedback. The sites well-known category-based navigation tool is still intact but is cleaner and simpler with the added advantage of side-by-side product comparisons. The company also reworked its product recommendation tool to collect previous client data and deliver corresponding and related products to the client. The site will only get better with time, says CEO Kim Pedersen. We believe the website will provide the same ease-of-use customers are used to, but with constantly-evolving features that will stay one step ahead of their needs.
Indeed, 1000Bulbs.com also plans to launch several more features and improvements in the coming months. Some of these features include tighter integration with social media sites, further streamlined faceted navigation, and interactive finder tools that allow customers to select ballasts based on lamp type and number and to find batteries and automotive lamps based on vehicle make and model.
About 1000Bulbs.com: 1000Bulbs.com is an award-winning Internet-based lighting retailer. The company offers everything from simple, household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting systems. Nationally recognized for growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction, 1000Bulbs.com is an influential force in the lighting industry.
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When my husband and I retired over 10 years ago, we thought we would be pretty comfortable financially. He has a pension and we both have social security. But its not working out that way. Medical expenses have hit us hard. We are lucky to own our own home and cars, but we seem to be struggling every month to get by. I have always been good with our money, able to stretch it. But lately, I just get so discouraged -- I dont see where I can cut back. What do you say to retirees who are having this trouble?
Living Close to the Bone
What do I say to retirees who are having this trouble? For starters, I say that I am very sorry the current economy is causing you hard-working folks any grief at all. Its just not right, is it? I also say you are not alone -- so many people find themselves pinching pennies these days. It is a difficult time.
As discouraging as this is, perhaps there are other places you can modify your spending. Here are some ideas:
1) Call your power company and ask them for tips on cutting your utilities. (Imagine my utter surprise when we discovered that periodically using a small, strategically located electric space heater was far more economical than using our propane gas furnace full time.) The utility companies are full of ideas, and they even have some energy-saving programs you may qualify for.
2) Attack your grocery shopping with a vengeance! Plan your weekly menus and consume
This low-quality traffic also had a negative impact on the retailers page rank andsearch engine results, because those visitors didnt go beyond the home page,Picariello says. Most of these visitors were only on our site for a few seconds and clicked right off, he says.
So last summer, the retailer cut off about 1,000 affiliates and reduced three affiliate marketing networks to only Commission Junction. That was the main reason traffic dropped 30% in 2011, but conversion went up 50% from 0.8% to 1.2%, Picariello says. We stopped working with those affiliates because it wasnt worth getting all the garbage traffic slowing down our site with no conversions, Picariello says. Now we are only getting people truly interested in purchasing watches.
Another contributor to higher conversion was the shift from a Miva Merchante-commerce platform to a custom-built Magentosite, Nul says. We have a lot more user-generated content now, he says. Customers can now tag our products or Like them on Facebook; we added product comparisons, wish lists and more product images. We widened our screen, too, so we can fit more content on one page. This is all definitely boosting our Google search results.
The shopping cart is also more streamlined now, with fewer steps involved in the checkout process. The addition of Checkout by Amazon also contributed to higher conversions, Picariello says. Thats because some customers like paying for items by only entering their Amazon.com username and password, as opposed to their entire credit card billing information and address. Nearly 25% of shoppers currently pay with Checkout by Amazon, while 25% use PayPal and around 50% use credit cards.
The fraud protection is a lot better with Amazon too, Nul adds. They cover all the costs if someone fraudulently purchases from us and we get a chargeback. This is a big deal for us, because we sell high-end watches, sometimes $3,000 or $4,000 apiece.
The changes Dexclusive.com implemented in the last year are positioning the retailer for more growth in 2012, and Nul is forecasting a 100% increase in sales.
April Anderson, retail industry director at Google, will speak at the Internet Retailer Conference amp; Exhibition 2012 in June, in a session titled, Paid search strategies for the smaller merchant. The IRCE $200 early-bird discount expires March 31.
ALBANY, NY (03/19/2012)(readMedia)-- Twenty one groups delivered a letter to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joseph Martens today asking him to enforce a nearly 40-year-old law that requires the manufacturers of household cleaning products to disclose the sometimes dangerous and toxic chemical ingredients in their products, as well as the health risks the chemicals pose. For maximum benefit to consumers, the groups also called for a user-friendly, searchable, centralized database of product and chemical data.
Spring is nearly here and with it spring cleaning. As New Yorkers break out their mops and buckets, they shouldnt still be guessing whats in their cleaning products said Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of New York. Its time to step up and dust off this 40-year-old law. Lets shine some light on what consumers are bringing into their homes and exposing their families to.
What are cleaning product manufacturers trying to hide? said Ansje Miller, Eastern States Director for the Center for Environmental Health. Under the status quo, the only ones left in the dark are the consumers and workers who use cleaning products on a regular basis. If these products were truly safe, disclosing their ingredients shouldnt be a problem.
New Yorkers have a right to know what chemicals are in cleaning products, and 40 years is much too long a time to wait for a law to be enforced, said Sarah Eckel, Citizens Campaign for the Environment. According to the EPA, cleaning products are among the top five most common exposures to poison for children. New Yorkers right to be informed and protect their families is long overdue.
Since 1976, state regulations have required that manufacturers of household cleaning products selling their wares in New York file semi-annual reports with the DEC listing the chemicals in their products and describing any company research on their health and environmental effects. The law was passed in 1971. Decades went by without meaningful enforcement, depriving consumers of information they need to protect themselves.
Scofflaw cleaning product companies need to know that they cannot ignore New Yorks regulations any longer, said Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney of Earthjustice. On the other hand, full disclosure will help green and responsible companies, because once there is a website that offers easy product comparisons, consumers can stop buying the toxic cleaners.
In the letter, the organizations, which include American Lung Association in New York, Center for Health, Environment amp; Justice, Clean and Healthy New York, CRAAB!, Center for Environmental Health, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Consumers Union, Earthjustice, Empire State Consumer Project, Environmental Advocates of New York, Grassroots Environmental Education, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Institute for Health and the Environment, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, New York Public Interest Research Group, NYSUT, Riverkeeper, Inc., Sierra Club, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, and Womens Voices for the Earth formally requested
that Commissioner Martens make public disclosure of household cleaning product ingredients a priority. The DEC has committed to require that household cleaner companies reveal the chemicals in their products and any health risks they pose and has been working to develop a system that will provide this valuable information to the public. But the agencys proposal has been under consideration for more than a year, and it is now time to make this process a priority. The groups are asking the agency to accelerate the timeline for action, so New Yorkers have access to this information as soon as possible.
Household cleaning products typically contain an array of chemicals that can be harmful to public health and to the environment. A growing body of evidence associates exposure to such chemicals with long-term effects, such as cancer and hormone disruption. And because many cleaning chemicals survive sewage treatment systems intact and are released into streams and other bodies of water, there is growing concern such chemicals pose a threat to fish and other wildlife.
Some companies seem to think that household cleaner chemical disclosure should be made only on a need-to-know basis. Well, guess what: New Yorkers need to know, because toxic chemicals in household products can affect our quality-and length-of life, said Bobbi Chase Wilding, Deputy Director for Clean and Healthy New York. Were counting on DEC to move forward quickly to collect this crucial information from all companies and provide the public easy access.
The Sierra Club recognizes the importance of cleaning to protect health especially of children, elderly, pregnant woman and others with existing health conditions. But just as people are not the same, we recognize that not all cleaning products are the same. Disclosing ingredients will help household consumers identify the products that best protects their familys health, and it will make it easier to reward innovative companies who create effective products that are safer for health and the environment, said Steve Ashkin, Sierra Club, Toxics Committee.
From detergents to disinfectants and aerosol sprays, these household products do more than make our homes sparkle: they contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested, and can be harmful if touched, said Laura Haight, New York Public Interest Research Group. The public has a right to know what these products contain so they can make informed decisions as consumers.
The groups assert that contrary to the claims of household cleaning product manufacturers, it is not enough to have industry-selected information posted voluntarily on individual company web sites. Multiple locations and inconsistent presentations of data make it difficult, if not impossible, for even the most diligent consumers to determine whether a particular cleaning product contains dangerous chemicals or if there are safer alternatives on the market.
The solution, the groups say, is a user-friendly, searchable, centralized database of product and chemical data.
In our recent report, Dirty Secrets, we revealed that popular cleaning products like Tide Free and Gentle laundry detergent contain some nasty chemicals like 1-4 dioxane, a known carcinogen, that are not disclosed on the label, said Erin Switalski, executive director of Womens Voices for the Earth. New York has a law on the books that would require companies to disclose the presence of such chemicals-all the state needs to do is start enforcing it.
Many household cleaners contain chemicals that can trigger asthma attacks, leaving users struggling to catch their breath, said Michael Seilback, VP Public Policy and Communications at the American Lung Association in New York. Giving consumers access to the information they need to protect their health makes sense and is New York State law: we urge the Commissioner to enforce it.
Despite the dangers of many of the chemicals used in cleaning products, there is no state or federal requirement compelling cleaning product manufacturers to identify chemical ingredients on product labels. Although New Yorks reporting law has largely been forgotten, its mere existence means the state leads the nation in household cleaner right-to-know laws.
March 19, 2012
March 12, 2012
This Week: Fourth-seeded Wisconsin makes its second straight Sweet 16 appearance when the Badgers face No. 1 seed Syracuse Thursday in Boston, Mass. The Badgers and Orange square off at 6:15 pm (CT) on CBS. The winner meets the winner of No. 2 Ohio State and No. 6 Cincinnati on Saturday.
Last Week: Wisconsin defeated No. 13 Montana and No. 5 Vanderbilt to earn back-to-back Sweet 16 trips for the first time in program history.
Need to Know: The Badgers are making their fifth Sweet 16 appearance in the last 10 years and the third appearance in the last five seasons. Only Duke (7), Kansas (7), Michigan State (6) and North Carolina (6) have been to more Sweet 16s than Wisconsin since 2003.
Good to Know: Thursdays game against Syracuse airs live on CBS and online at March Madness Live. UWBadgers.com will have a live gameday blog from Albuquerque, and all of Wisconsins games can be heard live on WIBA-AM 1310.
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This Week: Wisconsin (11-9) opens the Big Ten Conference season with a trip to Iowa City, Iowa. The Badgers will play three games against the Hawkeyes, Saturday and Sunday. Saturdays doubleheader starts at 1 pm, while Sundays game starts at 2 pm
Last Week: The Badgers went 1-2 at the Gaucho Classic II in Santa Barbara, Calif. Wisconsin split a pair of games on Friday, before being rained out of Saturdays games. UW wrapped up the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Need to Know: Sophomore pitcher Cassandra Darrah allowed just one run in 13 innings of work at the Gaucho Classic. Darrah pitched two complete games, including a complete game shutout win over UC Santa Barbara. Darrah recorded a 0.54 ERA, scattering six hits and striking out 10 batters.
Good to Know: A three games at Iowa feature live stats and live Gameday Blogs. UWBadgers.com will have all of the the links, updates and postgame coverage.
MENS SWIMMING DIVING
This Week: Swimmers Michael Weiss and Daniel Lester head to Seattle for the 2012 NCAA Mens Swimming and Diving Championships. Lester will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly with Weiss swimming in the 400 IM.
Last Week: The Badgers had plenty to cheer about at the Big Ten Championships as six school records were broken, four by Michael Weiss, and a total of 19 NCAA provisional qualifying times were posted.
Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will have results and a complete wrap-up of Weiss and Lesters trip to the NCAA championships.
MENS TRACK FIELD
This Week: The Badgers open their outdoor season by heading to Starkville, Miss., to compete in the 2012 SEC/Big Ten Challenge. The meet, hosted by Mississippi State, begins at 9 am (CT) on Friday.
Last Week: Wisconsin was idle after wrapping up the indoor season at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho, two weeks ago. Sophomore Japheth Cato headlined the Badgers performance by claiming All-America honors with a runner-up finish in the heptathlon. Catos score of 6,082 points not only shattered his own Big Ten record, but ranks him as the No. 5 collegian all-time in the event.
Need to Know: Fridays meet features five Big Ten teams (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin) taking on three SEC programs (Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee) in a head-to-head competition between the conferences. The points scored by individual athletes in their events will count toward each conferences cumulative point total.
Good to Know: Complete coverage of the meet will be available on UWBadgers.com.
WOMENS TRACK FIELD
This Week: Wisconsin jumps into its outdoor season by heading to the 2012 SEC/Big Ten Challenge this Friday in Starkville, Miss. The meet, hosted by Mississippi State, begins at 9 am (CT).
Last Week: The Badgers were idle after completing their indoor schedule with the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho, two weeks ago. Senior Dorcas Akinniyi used a school-record score of 4,299 points to secure All-America honors with a runner-up finish in the pentathlon, while freshman Kelsey Card also picked up All-America laurels with her sixth-place finish in the shot put.
Need to Know: Fridays meet features four Big Ten teams (Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin) taking on three SEC programs (Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee) in a head-to-head competition between the conferences. The points scored by individual athletes in their events will count toward each conferences cumulative point total.
Good to Know: Complete coverage of the meet will be available on UWBadgers.com
This Week: The Badgers (8-5, 0-1) play their first Big Ten home matches against Michigan and Michigan State. Wisconsin faces the Wolverines at 5 pm on Friday, and the Spartans at noon Sunday.
Last Week: Wisconsin overcame injuries to earn a pair of 7-0 sweeps, defeating UW-Whitewater and UIC Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Need to Know: Junior Alexander Kostanov and sophomore Petr Satral both went 4-0 Saturday. The pair easily won their singles matches and, as a doubles team, secured a pair of victories after moving up to No. 1 doubles because of injuries.
Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will have live Gameday Blogs from both matches this weekend.
This Week: After closing out the non-conference portion of its season over the weekend, Wisconsin (9-4, 0-1 Big Ten) resumes Big Ten play this weekend in Michigan. The Badgers take the court against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Saturday, at 10 am, before meeting up with Michigan State at 10 am on Sunday, in East Lansing.
Last Week: The Badgers swept UW-Whitewater, 7-0, Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. With the win, UW is now a perfect 10-0 against the Warhawks all-time
Need to Know: UW hosted both Michigan foes last season, earning a 6-1 victory over Michigan State, while suffering a 7-0 shutout loss to Michigan.
Good to Know: UWBadgers.com will have complete results following the matches against Michigan and Michigan State.
This Week: The Badgers continue their spring season by traveling to Milwaukee to compete in the Marquette Spring Tournament on Saturday at the Al McGuire Center. The Badgers take on Green Bay, Loyola, Northern Illinois and host Marquette in the tournament.
Last Week: The Badgers opened the spring with a 3-1 win over Milwaukee last Friday in the UW Field House.
Need to Know: Wisconsin had three players tally double-digit kills against the Panthers led by a match-high 18 from freshman Ellen Chapman. Junior Alexis Mitchell added 15 kills and led all players with eight blocks.
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Compare prepaid credit cards with Cheap.co.uk.
As part of a recent agreement signed with OMG services ltd, Cheap.co.uk now displays a number of pre-paid credit cards on their site (http://www.cheap.co.uk/credit-cards/prepaid-credit-cards.htm) allowing site visitors to compare the best offerings on the market.
A spokesmen for cheap.co.uk commented: "Although the pre-paid credit card market isn't the largest we thought it would make for a useful comparison to number of our site visitors, hence why we have put this site page together. We hope it comes in useful and receives some interest and perhaps users can find the best deals on the pre-paid credit card market with our help."
The comparison allows visitors to compare application fees, ATM machine charges and the reloading options available amongst other details on the individual cards. Added to this the option to filter various types of cards including those for business users and those less than 18 years old and the comparison should come in useful.
Pre-paid credit cards are particularly interesting for those travelling abroad. Rather then taking a risk with their bank and standard credit card whilst away, an increasing number of travellers look to load cards with their holiday funds so should the unfortunate occur and they lose their documents, only the amount added to the prepaid card are lost. This is just an extra precaution and in almost all cases, cards are covered by travel insurance policies.
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Creative Materials Offers New Lower Cost Silver Inks and Adhesives
Ayer, MA: Creative Materials, Inc., has continued to develop promising lower cost alternatives to conventionally manufactured silver inks and adhesives. With several new products qualified for production, we are confidently expanding our lower cost product line. In applications where a slight reduction in conductivity may be acceptable, these new economical products can provide cost savings while delivering the same high-quality performance of our standard silver inks and adhesives.
Two new successful lower cost products:
125-43A/B119-44, Solvent-Resistant Electrically Conductive Ink-Developed for touch screens and shielding applications, this product has been successfully implemented in the manufacture of RFI-shielded displays. Adapted from CMIs highly regarded 118-09A/B, 125-43A/B offers the same properties and chemical composition, with a slight decrease in overall conductivity. http://server.creativematerials.com/datasheets/DS_125_43A_B.pdf
125-46A/B,C, Economical Electrically Conductive Epoxy Adhesive-With little compromise to overall conductivity, this product was developed for making attachments on electrical and mechanical devices. Available for a wide range of dispensing options, 125-46A/B,C can be used with direct write and jet-dispensing systems. Based on the chemistry of our popular 124-08A/B,C, this product is also available in a two-component easily mixed one-to-one system and a one-component pre-mixed system. http://server.creativematerials.com/datasheets/DS_125_46.pdf
Creative Materials RD team has been able to reduce overall silver content through a proprietary process, yielding very little change in performance. These silver complex inks and adhesives feature excellent adhesive properties, flexibility, and solvent resistance. We are expanding this innovative process to other products, responding to the demand for lower cost alternatives in the face of increased silver cost. Products can be customized to your application needs and product specifications. Please contact us with the specifics of your application.
Creative Materials, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of electrically conductive inks, coatings, and adhesives. Products from Creative Materials are used in electronic components for computers, keyboards, cell phones, solar collectors, automobiles and aircraft, for medical electrodes, medical instruments, and heating equipment. Creative Materials is ISO 9001 certified, with an extensive product line with more than 1,000 products. We are renowned for creating custom formulations that are used in a wide variety of global applications, providing cost-effective design solutions for demanding production requirements. With over 80 years of experience in the adhesives, ink and coating industry, our staff combines technical expertise with nimble production capabilities, enabling us to reduce time-to-market for new product applications.
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NASHVILLE, TN, Apr 09, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
DHS Holding Company (pinksheets:DHSM) CEO Mike Rohling announces
that DHS Holding Company is submitting documentation to secure an
online gaming license in Belize.
In his letter to DHS Holding Company, dated March 2, 2012, Honorable
Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Belize, stated,
"It is my feeling that Belize will look very favorably toward an
approval of this license, subject to a final review of your business
plan and supporting documentation."
Mr. Rohling stated, "Despite the online gaming ban in the U.S.,
online gaming is still a $144 billion a year business worldwide, and
is expected to grow 7% annually. DHS Holding Company intends on
capturing a portion of the market share as we expand on our interest
in the gaming market."
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business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which
are beyond the control of management. Therefore, actual results could
differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release. A wide variety of factors that may cause actual
results to differ from the forward-looking statements include, but
are not limited to, the following: the Company's ability to increase
revenue and profits in the current economic climate; the effect of
changing economic conditions; inability to manage growth; and changes
in government regulations, controls and similar matters. These
cautionary statements should not be construed as exhaustive or as any
admission as to the adequacy of the Company's disclosures. The
Company cannot predict or determine after the fact what factors would
cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the
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consider statements that include the words "believes," "expects,"
"anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "plans," "projects," "should,"
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does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
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