About Upshot Commerce
The most customizable, on-demand ecommerce solution. Ever.
Upshot Commerce, (formerly Make-a-Store) was founded by Neal Kaiser while studying computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He created one of the first ecommerce companies in 1994 and has been quietly been building and deploying ecommerce solutions since. A few years and several hundred clients later, Upshot is at the forefront of ecommerce innovation. Upshot Commerce is located in the wicked cool city of Salem, MA.
Neal has over 18 years of experience leading and managing ecommerce and technology projects for over 500 companies including NASA, the Department of Justice, Tea, The Boston Globe, Cambridge Soundworks and the US National Gallery of Art.
Neal created Make-a-Store, Inc. in 1994, while still in college, making his company among the first ecommerce companies in the world. He also developed one of the first automated registration and provisioning applications for ISP customers.
Neal is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelors degree in computer science. He resides in Boston with his wife and their two children. When not working, Neal plays jazz guitar in various bands and participates with several charities, including the Children's Health Fund, Feed My Starving Children and the PKD Foundation.
Prior to joining Upshot Commerce, Derek was the president of Another Place, a marketing, advertising and promotions agency where he was responsible for managing client relationships and overseeing the creation and launch of both online and traditional media initiatives. Projects included live event planning, media buying and web site design. Derek has extensive roster of happy clients around the world including include Paramount Pictures, BMG and Sony.
Prior to joining Upshot Commerce, Milanie was the founder and CEO of Oompa.Com, a premier retailer of unique, European children's toys. Under her leadership sales grew 500% over three years. She also strategized and implemented numerous, successful SEO campaigns. The company was listed in Fortune Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in 2009. Milanie was also involved with LunchboxReviews.Com, a web site dedicated to review of children's mobile apps, and the creation of several mobile applications and games for children.
Over the span of her 15 year career, Milanie led the development of technology initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 companies including CBS, Disney, Starwood, HP, Sheraton, Sony and many others. She attended USC's Marshall School of Business (but spent most of her time working in the Electrical Engineering Lab). When not working Milanie enjoys spending time in her often neglected kitchen and spending time with her husband and two children.
Prior to joining Upshot Commerce, Rebecca was a project manager for Oompa.com, where she oversaw the creative team as well as website development. She also managed relationships with numerous national and international manufacturers. Rebecca has worked with a number of other websites including Lunchboxreviews.com and Faculte.com, assisting in website layout and content management.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Liberal Arts. When not working, she enjoys cycling, baking and blurry photography.
What Our Platform Does
The Upshot Platform provides a suite of enterprise-ready features to start or migrate your cross channel, convergent commerce efforts. We are a cost effective solution that won't break the bank like other ecommerce solutions available.
With an instant, on-demand setup, the Upshot Commerce comes packed with features for Operations, Security & Fraud Prevention, Inventory, Order and Customer Management and International Commerce. This powerful and scalable solution also has, built in, call center features, robust analytics, tools for wholesalers, mobile commerce integration and social.
For established organizations, Upshot has also proven it's ability to integrate with successfully with numerous accounting, POS and ERP solutions. Our fully customizable platform also integrates with numerous sales channels and comparison engines. These include amazon, eBay, Buy.com sears, overstock and many more.
Why Upshot Commerce is Better
Unlike most ecommerce companies, Upshot Commerce is a unified, complete, end-to-end solution. We are your single source for hosting, programming, and common features other companies rely on third party companies for. Third party companies that often end up breaking sites. With Upshot Commerce you can rest assured our feature were developed in-house by our local programmers and will work seamlessly with your site and business.
The Upshot Commerce solution is a cloud-based, fully scalable set of tools that was created and continues to evolve with the needs of both the business leader and and consumer in mind.