Next: Between attending the InfoComm12 trade show in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, GSE President Francisco Guerra and Sales Director Mark Wood both made a visit to the infamous Zappos headquarters. Zappos is a company that is world-renowned for their outside-the-box approach to pretty much everything. They have long been considered on the same level as other groundbreaking companies such as Google and Apple, and our guys paid them a visit and took the official tour to see what type of cool tips they could pick up to bring back to Global Special Effects. Our favorite: the dedicated throne room where employees can go to relax a bit and cool off if they are having a particularly bad day! Pictured above is our fearless leader, Francisco, holding the book containing the official Zappos story, (which he promised a copy of to all GSE employees). For more information on Zappos, and to view their enormous selection of shoes and other products, visit www.zappos.com.
Also, here’s the update on GSE 2.5 (current website + automatically-calculated shipping and credit card processing): We are currently updating all of our product SKU#’s in our database and are about to implement a program that will interface both our shopping cart and product database. We are also implementing both UPS and FedEx calculators in order to automatically calculate shipping charges before your credit card will be processed.
Read more for additional information about shipping and credit card processing…
The only drawback to our soon-to-be-active automated shipping is the fact that we won’t be able to calculate freight charges. That means that products (such as The Magic Lamp) that weigh more than 150lbs will have to be calculated manually using our current checkout system of “place your order and get contacted shortly by a sales rep for credit card processing”. Overall, the process will still be much easier.
About Credit Card Processing
We are considering implementing a few different payment options at checkout. We will more than likely have a default gateway to use, but we will also be using Google Checkout. A key feature of Google Checkout is the fact that if you’ve used it once to pay for something and you are currently logged into Google, you make one click, and you’re done. We are also considering accepting PayPal payments, which is pretty much the same story — log in, one click and done. Feel free to leave comments on your personal preferences.
There is a whole heck of a lot that goes into setting up this type of thing, so please bear with us. We just have a little bit more information to get and a few more things to configure, and then we’ll be ready to roll!