From SunShop to 3dcart: Featuring Gridsport

gridpsort-migrationThe eCommerce industry is ever-evolving, and in order to compete in one of the most competitive markets, online businesses are forced to adapt and embrace the latest trends and technologies. Unfortunately, few eCommerce platforms offer merchants the necessary tools and services to succeed long-term.

At 3dcart, we’re dedicated to ensuring every business, whether small or large, has access to the latest, most innovative resources. Our SEO, social media, and design services, in conjunction with our feature-rich platform and 24x7x365 awesome technical support, allows businesses to grow and expand domestically and internationally.

Today we’d like to showcase a website that moved to 3dcart after 4 years with SunShop, Gridsport (www.gridsport.net).

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Gridsport is a retailer in the Auto Racing Industry, based in Indianapolis, providing drivers and teams with racing safety equipment, driver accessories, and custom apparel. Their customer base includes top level professional drivers in IndyCar, NASCAR, as well as amateur and youth racers.

So why did Gridsport switch from SunShop to 3dcart? Like many businesses that have moved to 3dcart, they needed a solution to Google’s “mobilegeddon.” With many eCommerce platforms failing to implement the latest trends, countless websites have found themselves daunted by the mobile friendly update. Fortunately, with 3dcart’s 100+ responsive template selection, Gridsport was able to easily upgrade to a mobile-friendly theme, utilizing and modifying design templates with great success.

In our interview, Bryan from Gridsport praised the 3dcart platform’s ease-of-use and SEO features, which have proven themselves critical in his business’ success. Furthermore, with the 3dcart platform, Gridsport is now able to manage and update products with extreme ease, a hindrance they faced at SunShop.

3dcart is proud to host Gridsport, a premier provider of racing and karting safety gear, featuring brands such as Alpinestars, Arai, Bell, HANS, Oakley and Sparco, and safety gear including helmets, race suits, driving gloves, racing shoes, racing team apparel as well as auto and karting accessories. Browse their store today and see why the top teams from IndyCar and NASCAR rely on Gridsport to outfit their crews.

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3dcart Success Stories: Featuring TruTech Tools

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3dcart has helped more than 17k stores find success in selling online, a number that has continued to grow with each passing year.

But while a large percentage of our 17k merchants have been with us since their start-up days, an even bigger percentage are clients who have switched over after a turbulent, unfortunate experience with another shopping cart.

Case in point: TruTech Tools, a veteran-owned and operated distributor of testing equipment for energy auditors, HVAC/R technicians, and home inspectors, is a quintessential example of how an ill-equipped shopping cart can stifle a business’s growth and potential.

Like every great story, the Akron, OH, based company boasts a tale of humble beginnings. Their first online store was designed by a high school kid – a point of origin that many businesses new to eCommerce share. Fueled by a desire to grow and expand their online presence, TruTech Tools joined forces with shopping cart provider Zen Cart – a decision they though would put them on the fast track for success.

Of course, like most things in life, things hardly turn out the way we anticipate, and they rarely go wrong in the way we expect. Jim Bergmann, CTO of TrueTech Tools, recalls his business’s motive for choosing Zen Cart. “As a small business, we looked for the lowest barrier to entry, and Zen Cart was free. But hardly anything is really free. We found there was a huge tradeoff for website novices in that there was no customer support.”

Without access to support and having very little experience in running a website, Jim had a tough time solving everyday issues. What Jim needed to succeed was guidance and best practices – something Zen Cart was ill-equipped to provide.

With frequent downtime plaguing their online store, Jim decided to look for another shopping cart, one that wouldn’t stifle or hinder his business’s success.

After researching his available options, Jim and TruTech found a home at 3dcart. Jim cites 3dcart’s 24/7 helpful Support Team, expansive learning resources, and solid platform as the primary reasons for choosing 3dcart. “3dcart was light years ahead of Zen Cart in terms of what we needed our software to do,” Jim says. “It was the perfect platform to continually learn more about running an online store. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it.”

In 2008, after just one year with 3dcart, TruTech Tools grew by a remarkable 1000%. And their success didn’t stop there: In 2009, sales increased by 200%, another 20% in 2010, and a whopping 35% increase in 2011.

Jim attributes his online store’s success to the power and scalability of 3dcart’s platform. “It doesn’t matter how great of a house you build,” Jim adds. “Everything comes down to how solid your foundation is. 3dcart has been that foundation for TruTech Tools, from our days as a small startup up until the present.”

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3dcart Success Stories: Featuring Boxiecat

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Subscription services are a fundamental selling point for countless 3dcart stores. Today’s customers demand more than a speedy checkout; they want to shop at reliable stores that can conveniently deliver their favorite goods when and where they need them.

Boxiecat, a subscription cat litter store, provides cat lovers with just that: set-and-forget, high-quality litter deliveries.

Josh Wiesenfeld, a life-long cat lover, founded Boxiecat in 2011 in response to an aspect of cat-care that he’d always found tiresome and rather expensive. “Cat litter is the one aspect of having cats that isn’t entirely enjoyable,” Josh explains. “Traditionally, getting litter is very inconvenient—it’s heavy to lift and lug, as well as a waste of time and gas. It’s an essential item but requires constant trips to the store. If you run low or (worse yet) run out, it can cause behavioral problems for your cat, and she will let you know she is displeased in very unpleasant ways.”

To meet the needs of everyday cat owners like himself, Josh set out to launch an online store that would allow customers to set-and-forget deliveries. “The market had a clear gap,” Josh recalls. “I knew I wanted to start the business—but nearly as exciting for me was the chance to become my own first subscriber.”

Josh comprised a detailed check list of essential criteria, including the ability to automate the payment and shipping process, and set out to find the right eCommerce platform to fulfill his vision. After thorough research, however, it soon became clear that only one shopping cart was offering everything Josh needed to launch his store: subscription capabilities, a scalable platform, secure hosting, 24/7 technical support, and connected order fulfillment through ShipWorks.

Having been with 3dcart since his start-up days, Josh can say with certainty that 3dcart really is everything a small business needs to succeed in selling online.

“As a business, 3dcart works hard at connecting with their customers on a much more personal level than you see in businesses today. That dedication helps ensure Boxiecat’s online storefront will be there to meet our subscribers’ needs.”

To read the entire story behind Boxiecat’s online success, visit 3dcart Success Stories.

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3dcart Success Stories: Featuring Corvette Mods

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3dcart hosts a wide variety of online stores, many of which started their journey with eBay and their online retail solution, ProStores.

Corvette Mods, an online store dedicated to selling interior, exterior and performance modifications for Chevrolet’s popular Corvette sports car, is one such business that made the transition from ProStores to 3dcart.

In 2007, Neal Balog, founder of Corvette Mods, started selling modifications and related products for Corvettes through eBay. But what started out as a listing of around 25 products quickly grew. Neal started expanding his advertising through simple marketing channels like forums, and it wasn’t long before his efforts generated tangible results.

“After we started getting the word out, the business grew,” Neal explains. “It was clear that we needed to expand from eBay and create our own site.” Because of his positive experience with eBay, Neal decided to launch a simple website with ProStores.

After three years of steady growth, including a catalog of nearly 1,500 different products, however, Neal was in need of a more feature-rich, powerful platform that could support his business’s booming growth.

In November 2011, Neal set out to find a shopping cart that could meet and exceed his expectations in an eCommerce platform.

Neal attributes a number of advanced 3dcart features and services to his business’s sharp retail edge:

  • The ability to offer gift cards and store credit
  • Built-in social media integratiom
  • Ease-of-use in updating, editing, and adding items
  • A knowledgeable Support Team
  • Affordable and effective SEO services

Today, Corvette Mods continues their fast track to success. After just three months of signing up for 3dcart’s SEO service, Corvette Mods posted: 48% increase in sales, 22% increase in store visitors, and 23% increase in page views.

“With some SEO firms, you don’t always know what you’re getting. Working closely with my representative, 3dcart shows me exactly what work they’re performing in relation to my website. I can see what kind of effects the program has on my site.”

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3dcart Success Stories: Featuring Custom Sports Sleeves

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3dcart’s richly innovative platform, industry-praised technical support, and results-proven services attract businesses of every shape and size, including everything from small craft shops to some of the biggest brands.

Custom Sports Sleeves, a top global manufacturer of sports compression gear, is one such business that has found tremendous success with 3dcart.

Compression arm sleeves first started making waves around 2000. NBA players like Allen Iverson sported them in an attempt to keep their arms warm and ready to shoot, but their usage wasn’t limited to reasons of practicality for long. Big sports brands like Nike and Under Armour took wind of the trend, and launched a series of limited products that appealed to fashion-minded young athletes.

Mike Josephs, however, noticing that the online marketplace for compression arm sleeves wasn’t nearly as diverse as it could be, took the opportunity to tap into what was proving to be an incredibly profitable trend. “Big brands sold compression sleeves in limited colors and youth sizes,” Mike explains. “We wanted to hit the market with a fully customizable alternative that served more demographics.”

Custom Sports Sleeves launched into eCommerce on GoDaddy’s shopping cart platform with more than 30 color options. But after only a year, Mike started recognizing troubling issues that indicated his partnership with GoDaddy wasn’t working out how he anticipated: he needed more features, simpler control, and a wider array of design options.

After a long, thorough search, Mike found his way to 3dcart, which he selected for three primary reasons:

  1. The ability to display color and customization options, a necessity for a business that focuses on customization. “With 3dcart, we can use color swatch imaging rather than redirecting them to a color chart,” Mike says. “That functionality eases the customization process.”
  2. Ease-of-use proved extremely invaluable in everyday tasks and website management, especially for business owners like Mike who had little experience with HTML.
  3. Built-in SEO tools helped CSS secure high organic search rankings for their key terms and phrases right from the start. “We still flirt with that number one position without much work on our end,” Mike says.

As Custom Sports Sleeve started finding new success with 3dcart, they turned their attention toward their website’s design.

“We’ve had more than one great experience with the 3dcart design team,” Mike recalls. “Our most recent redesign, however, has helped propel us to a record-high month in March.”

The redesign to Mike’s store focused on four key areas aimed at improving the store’s user-friendliness: enhanced top-category navigation, the implementation of drop-down menus, a new page layout for product listings, and sleeker branding elements to enhance the brand’s “athletic” feel.

Mike attributes 3dcart’s design work, built-in features, customer service, and easy integration with software such as Endicia to his business’s explosive growth.

To read the entire story behind Custom Sports Sleeves’ success in selling online, visit 3dcart Success Stories.

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From Volusion to 3dcart: Featuring Wedding Favor Discount

As online shopping continues to dominate the commerce landscape, more and more eCommerce solutions are launching to meet the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs. And while an expansive and diverse selection of platforms is a perk for merchants on the eCommerce hunt, it can also make the process uncomfortably reminiscent of finding a needle in a haystack.

Whether you’re an eCommerce veteran or are just starting out, odds are your research has brought you into contact with some of the more widely-used shopping carts of today: Magento, Shopify, Bigcommerce, and Big Cartel, to name a few. For many businesses, however, big names and even bigger promises have been their downfall.

In recent years, countless merchants have moved to 3dcart after months or years with one of today’s many platforms, driven away by one or more horrible experiences. Weddingfavordiscount.com, who spent over 10 years with Volusion, is one of the more said recent stores to join 3dcart’s community.

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Wedding Favor Discount (www.weddingfavordiscount.com) specializes in unique wedding favor ideas such as personalized and themed wedding favors. Renowned for their high-quality products, competitive pricing and fast delivery, the Tampa-based favor business has prided itself on being a bride-favored store for more than 12 years.

Like many businesses, weddingfavordiscount.com moved to 3dcart in search of platform more robust and feature-rich.

“The main reason why we switched to 3dcart is that product prices and options are configured on the product level,” said Peter of weddingfavordiscount.com. “This is very important when you have over 1500 products, each with different quantity discounts and options. We update prices twice a year, which is an adventure with Volusion to say the least.”

Increasing efficiency for his business wasn’t the only factor that motivated Peter to leave his former shopping cart – cart abandonment was another serious issue plaguing his store: “The way Volusion shows discount prices in the shopping cart is misleading to customers, and resulted in abandoned shopping carts and unnecessary phone calls and emails from customers to clarify pricing.”

After moving to 3dcart, weddingfavordiscount.com immediately took advantage of the countless new features at their disposal, including 3dcart’s diverse and expansive collection of gorgeous themes. Furthermore, Peter accredited 3dcart’s dropshipping support as one of the many features that have helped his business save money.

Peter’s final words in our interview perfectly summed up his (hopefully) final eCommerce transition: “In summary, 3dcart not only costs us much less, but we have more flexibility than we had with our Volusion store.”

3dcart is thrilled to have weddingfavordiscount.com as a valued member of our growing community. If there are any new brides out there, head on over to Wedding Favor Discount and check out their personalized candles, key chains, jars, stickers, wine bottle stoppers, and much more.

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3dcart Success Stories: Featuring Lems Shoes

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Few athletic movements have made as much wave as “barefoot running”, a practice that arose to help avoid and correct long-term running injuries through a more natural running technique.

Andrew Rademacher, a former victorious Purdue decathlete and High School National Champion in the Pole Vault, joined the barefoot running movement with a simple, clear-cut mission: to help introduce people to a way of walking that reduces back, knee and foot problems.

But while Andrew’s mission may have been simple, his path to success was anything but easy.

Though the introduction of barefoot running sparked a wave of support and positive feedback, it also received a fair amount of complaints, citing that barefoot running was causing more harm than good. Andrew, intent on helping people see the benefits of natural shaped footwear, devised a mission to address the source of the problem.

“People have been conditioned to wear these highly supportive, heavily cushioned, restrictive shoes on their feet,” Andrew explains. “They are used to having natural motion prohibited and lack any sense of touch. When moving from one extreme to another—from completely dependent feet to running three miles barefoot at the drop of a hat—you will absolutely cause more harm than good. We need to be better educated and know that there is a transition period to minimalism.”

After a year and half of extensive research and planning, Lems Shoes, an online store dedicated to selling minimalist “barefoot” shoes made from air-infused rubber, was ready to launch. Andrew set out to find the perfect shopping cart, and signed up for trials with numerous eCommerce platforms like BigCommerce, Volusion, and Magento.

Andrew’s long and tiresome search ultimately led to 3dcart, which proved capable of meeting his business’s unique and high demands. Key reasons for choosing 3dcart included: B2B flexibility – an essential feature for selling to retail stores and other wholesale businesses, the ability to control and customize the store’s look and feel, and reliable, friendly customer support, available 24/7/365.

Lems Shoes launched on September 15 to immediate success: 45 orders in the first 30 minutes, 300 orders in the first six hours, and by the end of the day, 180 orders.

Today, Lems Shoes continues to provide thousands of customers around the world with natural shaped footwear that’s not only made of the highest quality material, but attractive and comfortable too.

To read the full story behind Lems Shoes’ online success, visit 3dcart Success Stories.

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From Bigcommerce to 3dcart: Featuring Island Jay

Choosing an eCommerce platform is one of the biggest decisions an online merchant will make in the course of their business’s lifespan. Depending on your business size, product and budget, numerous factors may influence your perception and definition of the perfect eCommerce solution, including price, ease-of-use, built-in features, customer service, uptime, speed, apps, themes, and available paid services.

With the explosive growth and popularity of online shopping, countless eCommerce platforms have erupted to capitalize on commerce’s evolving yet steadfast trend. And while a large selection of platforms is great for new and veteran entrepreneurs, it can also make the search for the right platform a difficult and sometimes costly affair.

Countless merchants have switched to 3dcart after years of tireless, frustrating experiences with ill-equipped or unreliable platforms. Our growing, renowned services and richly-innovative features are why businesses such as Island Jay chose to switch to 3dcart after three years of turbulence with two well-known platforms.

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Island Jay (www.islandjay.com) is a tropical lifestyle brand that provides t-shirts and accessories to support the Island and Beach Lifestyle. With over 20,000 followers and 15,000 t-shirts sold every year, Island Jay has achieved tremendous success. Their growing and continued popularity is due in large part to their awesome products, which feature unique trademarked designs, unlike the typical assortment of cookie-cutter products found at most resort gift shops.

Like many businesses, Island Jay experienced a rough start after joining the eCommerce market. In 2013, the island and beach shop joined forces with WooCommerce, only to find the open-source platform ill-equipped to handle support inquiries. Restricted to email communication, responses typically took anywhere from 2-3 days – a severe hindrance that affected Island Jay’s Jason’s ability to effectively manage his business.

After a year and a half with WooCommerce, Jason made the switch to Bigcommerce, expecting the renowned and popular platform to deliver big results. Unfortunately, smooth-sailing wasn’t in store for Jason and his business.

“Guest could not check out. Coupon codes would not take. Support could reproduce the problems, but offered no resolve,” said Jason, recounting his experiences. “Then their servers crashed and I was out of business for 5 days. When they got back up and running, there was no compensation offered. Then we had email issues. Again, no resolve. BigCommerce literally gave us no choice but to switch e-commerce providers.”

After another year and a half of attempting to work with Bigcommerce, Jason started his hunt for another platform. As luck would have it, his search led to 3dcart, which he found attractive for our price point and flexibility for back-end customization.

Today, Island Jay continues to flourish and grow with the help of 3dcart. Our evolving and reliable services have allowed Jason to focus his attention where it’s needed most: on helping people live the Island and Beach life, no matter where they are.

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From OsCommerce to 3dcart: Featuring Holy Chocolate

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There’s never been a better, more promising time to start an online store. According to studies, consumers are expected to spend $1.672 trillion online this year worldwide, a figure that is expected to more than double by 2019 to $3.551 trillion! In the United States alone, eCommerce sales for 2015 are predicted at $375.89 billion, up 14.3% from last year’s $328.6 billion.

It’s no wonder that countless individuals have decided to try their hands at eCommerce entrepreneurship. But as any eCommerce veteran knows, running an online business takes an incredible amount of time, energy and resources. Without the right tools, success is difficult to achieve and even harder to maintain.

For over eighteen years 3dcart has helped businesses all around the world grow, expand, and succeed in one of the most competitive markets. And while many of these merchants have been with 3dcart since the beginning of their business’ life, a great number have moved to 3dcart from other platforms, either due to a lack of features, poor customer support, unreliable site performance, or high cost.

Today we’d like to feature a business that moved to 3dcart after 6 years with OsCommerce, Holy Chocolate.

Holy Chocolate (www.holychocolate.com) offers chocolate lovers a gourmet selection of chocolate drinks and bars. Comprised of strong cocoa, velvety textures and surprisingly sophisticated flavors, Holy Chocolate’s assortment of all-natural products is raved and loved by chocolateholics everywhere, offering fan-favorite flavors such Belgian Milk, Mint Chocolate and European Spice.

After six years with OsCommerce, Holy Chocolate made the move to 3dcart. Their reason for switching is a common issue faced by merchants who opt for open source eCommerce platforms – a lack of support. At OsCommerce, Stan of Holy Chocolate’s wasn’t able to get the help his business required, with documentation too dispersed and support unavailable for friendly assistance.

Since leaving OsCommerce, Stan from Holy Chocolate is able to run his business single-handedly with great success thanks to 3dcart’s always helpful support center and plethora of backend features and services.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect chocolate gift this holiday season, check out Holy Chocolate by clicking here.

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From Homestead to 3dcart: Featuring BeadBuddies, a Bead Supply Store

bead--buddies-migrationIt’s the holiday season and businesses everywhere are desperately scouring the eCommerce market for a platform to meet their needs in the months ahead.

At 3dcart, we take proactive measures to ensure optimal site performance not just during the holidays, but year-round, providing online merchants with the industry’s fastest, most secure eCommerce hosting. With a guaranteed uptime of 99.9% and 24/7 monitoring, our PCI certified web hosting facilities offer small and large businesses the necessary peace of mind to effectively manage and grow their businesses.

Today we’d like to feature a website that moved to 3dcart after 9 years with Homestead, BeadBuddies (www.bead3.com).

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BeadBuddies is a family owned and operated business that has been beading for over 20 years. Located in Tampa, Florida, BeadBuddies has been selling and shipping beads online for over 10 years, delivering customers the highest quality products at the lowest, best prices possible.

As any business owner knows, success doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. For BeadBuddies, Homestead presented obstacles such as server problems, slow loading times, down times, poor customer service, and a lack of a built-in search engine, site map, mobile and SEO friendly features.

Having switched to 3dcart, BeadBuddies is experiencing blazing fast performance. Rod from BeadBuddies reported “most importantly is 3dcart’s uptime. Our website runs smooth and fast and is always up and running for business.”

But 3dcart isn’t just about optimal, fast performance. Our feature-rich platform is praised by all, and Rod is no exception, boasting 3dcart’s plethora of features and helpful 24x7x365 support. With 3dcart, BeadBuddies is now a premier online seller and shipper of beads, happily taking advantage of 3dcart’s search capabilities, blog, newsletter, and ability to quickly add products. According to Rod, “we can add products about ten times faster than we could in the past.”

Additional 3dcart features highlighted by Rod include our huge selection of supported payment gateways. With 3dcart, Rod was able to stay with his preferred credit card processor, an option not available at other eCommerce platforms. Furthermore, since having switched to 3dcart, BeadBuddies can now easily and immediately index new product pages with Google and Bing.

So what did BeadBuddies have to say in our follow-up with them? I have really enjoyed working with 3dcart and wish I had switched over years ago!”

If you’re in need of beads for the upcoming holidays, check out BeadBuddies today. With competitive prices, fast shipping, amazing customer support, and a little help from 3dcart, BeadBuddies continues their stand as one of the bead industry’s premier leaders. Browse their catalog today and experience first-hand everything BeadBuddies has to offer.

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