Three big updates, for players old and new.
Adopt two brand-new unicorn companions!
One final push, with double donations to charity!
Obviously someone is having a hard time with the winter in the northern hemisphere right now:More awesome screenshots of Stunt Rally 2.2 here, and don’t miss the details of the new version in the full change log.Last but not least, discuss it on our fo…
As more and more consumers are turning to E-commerce to conveniently shop for the holiday season, security continues to be a growing concern for both merchants and customers. How can you make your customers feel confident shopping on your e-commerce … Read more
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November 25, 2013:
FlightGear v2.12.1 (bug fix release) is now available for download.
October 3, 2013:
Upgraded to WordPress 3.6.1 and new TwentyThirteen theme. The FlightGear web site server hardware has been relocated to a newer larger building. And v2.12 has just been released!
February 13, 2013: Updated Scenery Download Path
The FlightGear scenery downloads has been updated to v2.10 in preparation for the 17 Feb v2.10 release. The scenery content does not follow the same release schedule and has updates and improvements every few days. Thus this is more of a name change formality, and the “v2.10″ scenery will …
In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
KDE has released the third beta of the 4.12 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested.
The second release of the GNOME 3.12 development cycle is here.
To compile GNOME 3.11.2, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
Mothercare, a U.K. retailer and longtime provider of specialty products for expectant mothers and their children, has recently completed another milestone of their global expansion by launching their Mothercare Ukraine storefront on Magento Enterprise Edition. The newly launched website is fully localized with language, currency, checkout, and shipping, reflecting local market needs and serving as the platform for a seamless brand experience–online and offline–through Mothercare Ukraine’s loyalty system.
Mothercare International was challenged with building a local presence through integration with the local line of business systems and operations. Magento Solution Partner Crimsonwing was engaged to design, build, and implement a global solution for Mothercare International that can provide common functionality via a core system to enable swifter international expansion for all franchisees. In addition to online expertise, Crimsonwing demonstrated a key understanding of Mothercare’s business operations and business model to deliver a dynamic, scalable solution that could demonstrate consistency across Mothercare’s global footprint.
Chris Hodge, Mothercare Group’s International eCommerce Program Manager commented that, “This is a true example of a real international project involving multiple third parties across four locations and three countries. The project has included implementing the eCommerce solution, setting up a new team in the Ukraine, and all operational changes to support a new eChannel in the Ukraine for our brands.”
We’d like to congratulate Mothercare International, Mothercare Ukraine, and Magento partner Crimsonwing on their successful collaboration that serves as a true testament to the power and innovation of Magento products and the Magento community.
When it comes to your online store, there are many factors to take into consideration when you want to increase your sales. Undoubtedly, the actual value of what you are offering is the most important aspect of your business. However, just because you have a great product doesn’t mean it will sell like hotcakes.
Other factors such as the design of your website, a competitive market cost, and customer service are also vitally important. But when it comes to online sales, how you offer shipping can be either a source of costs, or a driver of profit for your business.
One of the most important sources of sales for your store is free shipping, so here are three ways free shipping can help you grow.
1. Free Shipping Will Increase the Volume of Your Sales
Today, convenience is king. If you are not making the shopping experience easier for the consumer, then there are few reasons why someone should come to your online store. According to Compete.com’s Online Shopper Intelligence Survey, 93% of the people surveyed said that free shipping is the biggest source of encouragement to buy online.
When you offer free shipping, you are cutting out the alternative costs that are attached to the shopping experience. For example, if I am shopping at a brick-and-mortar business, then I will have to pay for gas to get to the actual store. When I shop online with free shipping, then I save on the cost of gas, which can save me some big bucks over time.
Moreover, shipping costs are the most common reason for abandoned carts. Whether you are shipping domestically or internationally, it is the idea of unexpected costs that will deter even the most loyal customer away from future purchases.
2. Free Shipping Increases Order Value
Unless your products are rare or truly unique, free shipping will instantly increase your order value. Because of the nature of incentives, consumer psychology says we are more likely to take action and buy when promotions are offered. This is evident by the fact that shoppers spend 30% more when free shipping is available. We want to know that we are receiving the most value for our hard-earned money.
When we are offered free shipping or a promotion, we feel as though we are being treated in a special way. This shift in the consumer’s perspective stirs up positive emotions towards the merchant, and will thus be more likely to spend more as a positive relationship has now been established.
3. Free Shipping Makes Your Company More Competitive in a Global Marketplace
As internet usage and online shopping continues to grow each year, new markets and industries are beginning to emerge and grow even faster than ecommerce in the US. According to eMarketer.com, in 2013 online sales in China and Indonesia grew by close to 70%. Furthermore, by 2016 the Asia-Pacific region will exceed North America in online sales by 2014.
Free shipping will be one of the most effective way to get into and stay competitive in international marketplaces.
Shipwire provides eCommerce fulfillment services, shipping software, and cloud-based logistics from warehouses around the world for companies of all sizes. Shipwire’s industry-leading enterprise logistics platform helps you grow sales, expand into new markets, and delight your customers by eliminating the hassles of shipping and storage.
The Wine development release 1.7.7 is now available.
Support for configuring remote shares using Samba’s NetAPI library.
Today marks a new chapter in the evolution of Magento. What started out as a simple vision to enable retailers to drive online sales has evolved into the world’s leading ecommerce platform. We are proud of what we have accomplished as an ecosystem and we are excited about our future as we continue to transform the retail landscape.
Today, we’re announcing that Magento has become part of eBay Enterprise. By combining the extensive capabilities of our leading organizations, we are bringing the ecommerce technology, multichannel operations and marketing services capabilities of eBay Inc. together under one umbrella. Moving forward, retail and brand partners of all sizes will find an unmatched portfolio of offerings that seamlessly deliver integrated commerce solutions to drive their revenue and growth. For Magento, it’s business as usual.
The organization will report into Mark Lavelle, who was most recently Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at eBay Inc. Mark has particular talent in imagining the future of online commerce, developing thoughtful strategy and finding untapped business value in new areas, something we know all of us will benefit greatly from. Mark will report directly into Chris Saridakis, President of eBay Enterprise.
We’re excited about the future of our combined organizations. In the coming months, you will be hearing more about how we plan to deliver more ways for our clients to compete and win in the ever-changing retail landscape.
Mod Mark answers another batch of your questions.
Learn more about Zamorak in our latest lore podcast!
A weekend of Construction bonuses!
The first beta of the 3.8 is now available, and the next dates to watch out for are code freeze on December 5th and a final release on December 12th. 3.8 brings together several of the features as plugins projects and while this isn’t our first rodeo, expect this to be more beta than usual. […]