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November 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Upshot Commerce Re-Launches Accessories4less.com

November 11, 2014

Cambridge, MA - Upshot Commerce successfully re-launched the new online store of Accessories4less.com. Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce platform is bringing a client with 10 years of history on the platform through a fast and successful re-launch.

The new store of Accessories4less.com is an upgrade that takes advantage of the eCommerce Accelerator Solution from Upshot Commerce. This solution provides a suite of best-practices and extensions for direct-to-consumer eCommerce. The eCommerce Accelerator Solution allowed Accessories4less.com to complete a fully functional, responsive (mobile and tablet), custom designed web-store in under 3 months. In addition to the unparalleled Upshot Commerce Solutions and Support, Accessories4less.com are able to take advantage of some new features like:

  • One-page checkout and Express checkout.
  • Fully-automated, real-time Amazon and eBay sales channels.
  • Product Information and Content Management tools and workflow optimized for a collaborative environment.
  • Integrated help desk and CRM.
  • Warranty and automated product upsell opportunities.
  • Adaptable, flexible and evolving foundation for the future.

All of these features will allow customers of Accessories4less.com to have a better experience with the brand, while enabling the e-commerce team to manage their store more effectively.

Upshot Commerce possesses the technology to expand and grow our client's business with the latest cutting edge technologies. Further, as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit our clients. "As a full service system, we are increasingly technology partners, rather than platform providers," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "We build relationships with our clients continuously and we provide actionable strategy, technical assistance and practical ecommerce expertise and this is why clients like Accessories4less.com have been with us for 10 years. One benefit of the ongoing dialog with our clients is the constant flow of ideas and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best assets."

About Accessories4less.com

Accessories4less.com provide a truly unique and satisfying experience for their customers. Most new shoppers come to them for the low prices, and stay for the unbeatable service. They offer home audio and video systems, components and accessories, speakers, HDMI cables and connectors from leading brands. Accessories4less.com are a leading retailer for these products and have grown mostly due to word-of-mouth advertising from one happy customer to another.

About Upshot Commerce

Upshot Commerce provides a comprehensive platform with robust, enterprise-ready features and best practices for Direct-To-Consumer and B2B e-commerce. Our solutions come standard with tools to control, manage and automate inventory, order management, fulfillment and warehousing, customer information, analytics, SEO, product information, merchandising and faceted navigation, and more. A key differentiator is that all these components come as an integral part of the platform, while with other vendors, they often come through third party providers and with extra cost and headaches. Our platform also integrates exceptionally well with ERPs and 3PLs and contains a rich Restful API to provide a seamless, automated workflow for you enterprise. Upshot Commerce has been in business for 20 years, with hundreds of clients, millions of transactions per month, over a billion in sales processed. A key aspect that sets us apart is how we approach each customer as a partner. The results speak for themselves: When the average online retailer changes platforms every 4 years, our average customer has been with us 7 and a half years and some as long as 18.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Vlad Zachary
vlad@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462 ext. 703

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
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Upshot Commerce Launches Jackpot Candles Store At Jackpotcandles.com

November 4, 2014

Cambridge, MA - Upshot Commerce successfully launched the new online store of Jackpotcandles.com. Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce platform is bringing yet another client through a fast and successful implementation.

Jackpot Candles chose to take advantage of the Upshot eCommerce Accelerator Solution. This solution offers a suite of best-practices and extensions for direct-to-consumer eCommerce. The eCommerce Accelerator Solution allowed Jackpot Candles to complete a fully functional, responsive (mobile and tablet), custom designed web-store in under 3 months. In addition to the unparalleled Upshot Commerce Solutions and Support, Jackpot Candles was able to take advantage of:

  • Quick and efficient go-to-market approach for new products, product lines, and categories and other innovative, handcrafted candles and jewelry gifts.
  • Seamless commerce operations across all channels - in addition to responsive design for mobile users the eCommerce Accelerator offers a toolset for full lifecycle commerce. These tools including inventory control, order management, purchase orders, warehouse management tools, customer information management and many more.
  • Content Management and Product Information tools and workflow optimized for a collaborative environment.
  • Flexible and evolving foundation for the future.

All of these features will allow customers of Jackpot Candles to have a better experience with the brand, while enabling the e-commerce team to manage their store more effectively.

Upshot Commerce not only possesses the technology to expand and grow our client's business with the latest cutting edge technologies; as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit our clients. "As a full service system, we are more technology partners, rather than platform providers," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "We build relationships with our clients continuously and we provide actionable strategy, technical assistance and practical ecommerce expertise. One benefit of the ongoing dialog with our clients is the constant flow of ideas, suggestions and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best assets."

About Jackpot Candles

Jackpot Candles offer hand-poured candles made with 100% natural soy that creates a lovely, long-lasting flame and amazing aroma that fills the home. Using only the best environmentally friendly materials, their candles provide bold, distinctive fragrances that fit any mood and any budget. Whether the aromas of fresh baked holiday cookies and pies or the fresh, clean scent of flowering gardens and mountain breezes, their wide range of products will transform the home into a welcoming space of comfort and relaxation. The scented candle is only the first part of the experience. After enjoying the soft light of the long-burning flame and the favorite scent, each Jackpot Candle offers a foil-wrapped jewelry item you select, valued between $15 and $5,000. They work to ensure that each 100% handmade in the USA wax product contains a jewelry item based on the customer selection. These jewelry pieces ensure that your candle experience lasts a lifetime.

About Upshot Commerce

Upshot Commerce provides a comprehensive platform with robust, enterprise-ready features and best practices for Direct-To-Consumer and B2B e-commerce. Our solutions come standard with tools to control, manage and automate inventory, order management, fulfillment and warehousing, customer information, analytics, SEO, product information, merchandising and faceted navigation, and more. A key differentiator is that all these components come as an integral part of the platform, while with other vendors, they often come through third party providers and with extra cost and headaches. Our platform also integrates exceptionally well with ERPs and 3PLs and contains a rich Restful API to provide a seamless, automated workflow for you enterprise. Upshot Commerce has been in business for 20 years, with hundreds of clients, millions of transactions per month, over a billion in sales processed. A key aspect that sets us apart is how we approach each customer as a partner. The results speak for themselves: When the average online retailer changes platforms every 4 years, our average customer has been with us 7 and a half years and some as long as 18.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Vlad Zachary
vlad@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462 ext. 703

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
https://twitter.com/upshot_commerce
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October 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Upshot Commerce Launches the Replatformed & Redesigned Freshtrends Body Jewelry at Freshtrends.com

October 10, 2014

Cambridge, MA - Upshot Commerce successfully launched the fully redesigned online store of Freshtrends.com Body Jewelry. Upshot Commerce, a leading provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce platform is bringing yet another client through a fast and successful re-launch.

In addition to a fresh and better look Freshtrends now enjoys a number of new features, including:

  • Rule-based automatic merchandising via Solr faceting, which allows the e-commerce manager to categorize a large number of items automatically by creating logic rules.
  • Predictive Purchase Order Functionality. Now Freshtrends can create rules and make reorder amounts fluctuate based on historical sales data.
  • Custom Production Statuses and management tools for custom built jewelry.
  • Multi-Channel Order Management System - Upshot Commerce is the central inventory and order management system communicating real time with sales channels such as eBay, Amazon, Rakuten, and Sears.
  • Ajax pagination and navigation. This allows for faster, more efficient page loading, which is ideal for sites with large, complex catalogs.

All of these features will allow customers of Freshtrends to have a better experience with the brand, while enabling the e-commerce team to manage their store more effectively.

Upshot Commerce not only possesses the technology to expand and grow our client's business with the latest cutting edge technologies; as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit our clients. "As a full service system, we see ourselves as a technology partner, rather than simply a platform provider," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "We build relationships with our clients continuously and provide implementation and strategy expertise. One benefit of the ongoing dialog with our clients is the constant flow of ideas, roadmap suggestions and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best assets."

About Freshtrends.com Body Jewelry

FreshTrends.com Body Jewelry online store specializes in unique belly button rings, tongue rings, nose rings, nipple rings, eyebrow rings, gold belly button rings and gold body jewelry, silver belly rings, labrets and lip rings, earplug body jewelry, and other quality body jewelry for all of your body piercings. They also offer an ever growing collection of organic body jewelry made from exotic woods, bone, and horn and an exquisite collection of natural semi-precious gemstone body jewelry that our customers love. Body jewelry fashion has become so popular and desirable that FreshTrends.com Body Jewelry are constantly brining to market the most innovative designs that, up until recently, did not exist.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
https://twitter.com/upshot_commerce
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Upshot Commerce Launches the Replatformed & Redesigned Nature's Garden Online Store

October 10, 2014

Cambridge, MA - Upshot Commerce successfully launched the fully redesigned online store of Nature's Garden at http://www.Naturesgardencandles.com/. Upshot Commerce, a leading provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce platform is bringing yet another client through a fast and successful re-launch.

In addition to preserving the SEO and a fresh and better look, Nature's Garden new online store now offers a number of new features, including:

  • Improved navigation, express checkout options, and wholesale-centric ordering tools.
  • Better optimized back office and user-friendly content management. The platform allows an online store manager to update the site content and data, without the need for technical expertise. With the introduction of the Upshot Commerce CMS, it becomes very easy for an e-commerce manager to change product information, switch on and off banners, and other daily changes necessary for running the business.
  • Safe and PCI-DSS certified hosting with Upshot Commerce 24/7 security monitoring.

With the improved design, safety and ease of use shoppers at Nature's Garden online store will have a better experience with the brand and the e-commerce team will have all the latest tools and features to manage their store more effectively.

Upshot Commerce not only possesses the technology to expand and grow our client's business with the latest cutting edge technologies; as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit our clients. "As a full service system, we see ourselves as a technology partner, rather than simply a platform provider," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "We build relationships with our clients continuously and provide implementation and strategy expertise. One benefit of the ongoing dialog with our clients is the constant flow of ideas, roadmap suggestions and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best assets."

About Nature's Garden

Nature's Garden is a leading supplier in the candle making, soap making, and natural cosmetics industry. They provide more than 800 unique, concentrated scents that make your homemade products extraordinary. Nature's Garden is the largest distributor of unique, concentrated, wholesale fragrance oils in the USA. All of their scents conform to IFRA and EU standards, are proudly made in the USA, and are never tested on animals. Their extensive line of fragrance oil can be used for candle making, soap making, lotion making, and so much more. When it comes to adding scent, these fragrances are strong and long lasting in air fresheners, potpourri, homemade bath products, perfume, and natural cosmetics too.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
https://twitter.com/upshot_commerce
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September 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Upshot Commerce Now Offers Integration With Fraud Prevention Leader Signifyd

September 12, 2014

Cambridge, MA - the fraud-prevention technology of Signifyd, a leader in online fraud prevention, is now fully integrated with the Upshot Commerce platform. Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions is bringing yet another tool to empower our clients to conduct their online business with confidence and ease.

Some of the benefits for Upshot Commerce customers following the Signifyd integration include:

  • The ability to quickly see whether a transaction is good or bad by score and color indicators
  • Immediate visibility of Signifyd's recommendation on any transaction
  • Detailed customer information on each and every case
  • Instant alerts every time a risky transaction occurs on your website and chargeback insurance for worry free e-commerce.

Signifyd's technology utilizes multiple data sources to ensure the best decision. From customer history, social graph and public records, to transaction velocity, device fingerprint and cross-merchant blacklists - the Signifyd integration will ensure that the Upshot Commerce merchants will get the most advanced fraud-prevention capabilities in the market.

All of these features will allow customers of both Signifyd and Upshot Commerce to process unlimited transactions with confidence and to focus on running their business with the peace of mind that fraud prevention is world-class and effective. In the words of CEO Rajesh Ramanand: "Working with the Upshot team has been terrific. With this integration, Upshot customers can approve more transactions, reduce chargebacks and reduce their manual review. Enterprise grade technology used by companies like PayPal is now available for small and medium businesses. There is no setup cost and month-to-month billing is also available. The best part is that merchants can take advantage of Chargeback Insurance, so they can be assured of guaranteed payments in the case of chargebacks. We're excited to be working with Upshot and their network of merchants."

Upshot Commerce not only possesses the technology to expand and integrate with the latest cutting edge technologies; as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit our clients. "As a full service system, we see ourselves as partners, rather than service providers," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "Our relationship with our clients is ongoing and collaborative; we provide technical assistance and practical ecommerce expertise to our clients while they are constantly providing us with ideas, suggestions and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best assets."

About Signifyd

Signifyd helps e-commerce businesses sell confidently while protecting them from fraud. Access, Automation, and Anonymity make fraud possible at industrial scale, and most businesses simply can't cope. They don't have the resources or expertise to fight professional fraudsters - they've got a real business to run. And yet, the explosion of Customer Data means the raw materials to fight fraud are more accessible than ever. Signifyd simplifies fraud prevention with tools and expertise built on years of experience at PayPal, Fraud Sciences, Silver Tail Systems and FedEx. Signifyd knows how to interpret a user's digital footprint and bridge the gap between Online and Offline Identity. All this without creating friction for legitimate users.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
https://twitter.com/upshot_commerce
https://www.facebook.com/UpshotCommerce

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August 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Upshot Commerce Completed the Yearly PCI Compliance Audit and Validated Against the Brand New PCI-DSS 3.0 Specification

August 14, 2014

Cambridge, MA - Upshot Commerce just completed the yearly PCI compliance audit and validated against the brand new PCI-DSS 3.0 specification. While this new specification was not a requirement for the current year, we chose to do it because of our dedication to secure digital commerce. Throughout our 20 years in the e-commerce field Upshot Commerce has maintained a relentless focus on security as our #1 priority and will continue to do so.

The new 3.0 security specification is heavily influenced by recent breach trends and is meant to more strongly address the basics of payment data security. Online merchants recognize that PCI DSS compliance in the cloud is complex and often challenging. This is why Upshot Commerce is dedicated to maintaining the highest Level 1 PCI data security standard (DSS).

The complexity of using cloud technologies in a PCI regulated infrastructure is one of the reasons for the new 3.0 security specification. There are 3 most relevant changes that warrant attention:

  • Req. 2.4: "Maintain an inventory of system components that are in scope for PCI DSS."
  • Req. 1.1.3: "[Maintain a] current diagram that shows all cardholder data flows across systems and networks."
  • Req. 12.8.5: "Maintain information about which PCI DSS requirements are managed by each service provider and which are managed by the entity."

It is important to mention that these are not all of the new requirements.

At Upshot Commerce we not only provide our clients with the right tools to achieve PCI compliance, but additional tools to help them create a higher and more consistent security standard. In the words of CEO Neal Kaiser: "With this annual audit we allow our customers to continue processing unlimited transactions with confidence and with the peace of mind that security on their web-stores is world-class and up-to-date."

"Since the new PCI-DSS 3.0 is not mandatory till next year, most cloud service providers will continue to work under the PCI-DSS 2.0 requirements this year." - said Vlad Zachary, Director Omni-Channel Commerce at Upshot Commerce. "We felt however that it was important to meet the new standards early in order to demonstrate to our customers our dedication to data security in the cloud."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

Follow Upshot Commerce on:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/make-a-store-inc.
https://twitter.com/upshot_commerce
https://www.facebook.com/UpshotCommerce

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May 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

Iristocracy Launches Enhanced Website with Upshot Commerce

May 13, 2014

Boston, MA - Iristocracy, an online retailer of fine eyewear and accessories, recently launched a revamped website on the Upshot Commerce platform. Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, was chosen for this replatforming effort because of the growth and merchandising opportunities it affords to Iristocracy, as well as some noticeable benefits to using a full service system.

As a company that prides themselves on maintaining a well curated mix of eyewear and accessories from a variety of fashion designers and popular brands including Linda Farrow, CC Skye and ZIGGY, it is very important that the website possess not only the design, but also the functionality to showcase cutting edge fashion. Upshot Commerce offers Iristocracy's merchandising executives a host of features and advanced technology to show their products in the best light possible, including auto merchandising, drag and drop category sorting, customizable lookbooks and integration with their innovative 3-D Try-On technology. This application, created by Total Immersion, allows users with any standard computer webcam to virtually "try on" any pair of eyeglasses on Iristocracy's website in real time with an amazing accuracy that has to be seen to be believed.

All of these features will allow Iristocracy to merchandise their website with great agility as well as scale effectively over time. "The advantage of working with a cloud-based platform like Upshot Commerce is that all the features available to new companies are equally accessible to larger more established brands," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "We make the transition from start-up to market leader easy with an infrastructure that is built to easily expand as your company grows."

Upshot Commerce not only possesses the technology to expand; as a full service hosted platform, Upshot Commerce also provides the support and experience of over 20 years in the online retail industry to benefit their clients. "As a full service system, we see ourselves partners, rather than service providers," says CEO Neal Kaiser. "Our relationship with our clients is ongoing and collaborative; we provide technical assistance and practical experience to our clients while they are constantly providing us with ideas, suggestions and feedback about new and developing features for our platform. Our amazing clients are truly our best asset."

About Iristocracy

IRISTOCRACY is a Midwest-based e-commerce eyewear start-up that features exclusive lines of stylish eyewear and high-quality fashion accessories. IRISTOCRACY is the first e-commerce site in the world to provide customers the ability to build a look around their eyewear with unique fashion accessories. The website also features eyewear buying guides, lookbooks and editorial style content for a fresh, relevant feel. As an added highlight, the website utilizes a cutting-edge 3-D, try-on tool by French company Total Immersion that allows shoppers to view frames on their face using augmented reality technology. For more information, please visit http://iristocracy.com/.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

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December 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

J Stockard Fly Fishing Launches New Site with Enhanced Capabilities

December 12, 2013

Boston, MA - J Stockard Fly Fishing, a leader in the Fly Tying and Rod Building market, recently announced the re-launch of their website, www.jsflyfishing.com, to the Upshot Commerce platform. The new site boasts not only a fresh, new design, but also a robust integrated inventory control and order management system supporting backorders, drop ships, and a Purchase Order system. This new system allows J Stockard to competitively manage inventory and resources.

This new robust inventory control and order management system was the main feature motivating J. Stockard to look into upgrading their former ecommerce platform. In order to gain the functionality they required previously, J. Stockard was required to maintain an OMS separate from their website platform. This separate system created added layers of complexity in order processing, and made inventory control a real challenge, especially when it came to backorders. "Many retailers avoid backorders and drop ships in their inventory model, because it can be difficult to manage," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "Our system not only effectively tracks and accepts backorders, it also integrates them right into our purchase order system, allowing fast and efficient order fulfillment."

The purchase order system includes not only an efficient method for placing orders with suppliers, it also includes restock statistics, to assist in inventory forecasting. "Knowing what to order is of paramount importance for any inventory manager," says Upshot Commerce Chief Business Development Officer Derek Stringfellow. "Our intelligent restock statistics allow our clients to preset demand thresholds, re-order points and other types of product data on an item by item and supplier by supplier basis. This helps to take the guesswork out of ordering."

Security and privacy were also a critical component and a key criteria in the selection of the Upshot Commerce platform for the relaunch. As a successful business in the fishing supplies market, their growing success inevitably led to growing concerns over maintaining security. The new platform allowed J. Stockard to migrate to a system that was already Level 1 PCI-DSS compliant, without the exorbitant costs that would have come with attempting to patch and upgrade their former order management system.

Of course, all of this technology would be nothing without an intelligently designed website. In order to effectively market their highly technical products to customers, J Stockard needed a site design that would compliment their products and make them easy to order. "One major change we did for them was to consolidate their product pages, making it possible to order many items from one page," says Project Manager Rebecca Traxler. " This means that customers can spend less time searching for products, reducing the amount of time it takes to place an order and boosting J Stockard's conversion rate."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, backorders, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, purchase orders, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

About J. Stockard Fly Fishing

J. Stockard Fly Fishing is a premier retailer of fly tying and rod building materials, tools & supplies, as well as selected fly fishing gear from top manufacturers. Located in Connecticut, J. Stockard serves thousands of fly fishers throughout the US, Canada and overseas. With a stock of well over 10,000 products, J. Stockard takes pride in maintaining an excellent selection of quality products at great prices, as well as exceptional customer service.

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Press Contact:
Derek Stringfellow
derek@upshotcommerce.com
866.962.7462

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November 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

The National Gallery of Art relaunches Ecommerce

November 27, 2013

The government agency objective is to increase online sales, fulfillment efficiencies, and customer satisfaction.

With the relaunch of shop.nga.gov, The Gallery Shops (TGS), is taking its mission to support the collection, exhibitions, research, educational programs, and events at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) to an exciting new level by integrating the retail and online stores, adding new functionality for a richer shopping experience, and expanding the merchandise available to the public.

The new store, powered by the Upshot Commerce platform, adds a complete inventory control system, new functionality to accept and process phone orders, comprehensive support of backorders, an RMA system to manage returns, as well as custom touch points to seamlessly integrate the ERP and fulfillment systems. This integration increases order processing and administrative support, and provides a layer of customer self-management tools that enhance the overall user experience.

"All aspects of this relaunch were meticulously planned. From the inspired new store design to the automated product badges to the new online gift registries", quipped Neal Kaiser, CEO of Upshot Commerce, "It was quite an undertaking, and the results are evident. The Gallery has already seen a significant increase in online orders!"

With greater focus on the customer experience, the new site has more merchandising features including: self management of customer accounts, dynamic faceted filtering to significantly improve the ease of finding specialty items, a Solr-based onsite search engine, an auto-merchandising system to help make compelling offers, and an improved Digital Assets Management system to automate and manage the inventory images and downloadable files.

Security and privacy were critical components and a key criteria in the selection of the Upshot Commerce platform for the relaunch. As a government entity, the platform needed to be more than PCI compliant, it needed to be FIPS compliant and provide PII encryption, in addition to supporting administrative roles and access.

"The security requirements were a very interesting challenge", recounts Derek Stringfellow, Upshot Commerce Project Manager, "we are a Level 1 PCI-DSS compliant platform, so we are no stranger to stringent security protocols. However, I have to say, adding the new layers of security to become FIPS compliant, plus the multitude of additional precautions undertaken was no trivial matter. Anyone shopping online at The Gallery should feel exceptionally confident regarding their personal information and privacy."

The Gallery Shops are an NGA tradition and have existed for more than 70 years. The online shop was first launched in 2004 and is a critical component to its ongoing mission of support to the National Gallery of Art.

About Upshot Commerce

Upshot Commerce is a leader in supplying ecommerce solutions and services to increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of organizations looking to innovate through technology.

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, backorders, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, purchase orders, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce, located in Boston, MA., was founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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April 2013

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Ergobaby Launches New Direct to Consumer Website with Epicor Integration

April 1st, 2013

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently announced the launch of a new website to their platform, Ergobaby (www.store.ergobaby.com). The direct to consumer site (DTC) will allow Ergobaby to sell their popular baby carriers and accessories on their own dedicated ecommerce platform, while still supporting a thriving wholesale business.

A number of advanced features make Ergobaby's new site optimized for online retail, not the least of which is their full integration with the well-known ERP, Epicor. "Epicor is the premier ERP system for high volume B2B and DTC retailers," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "Upshot's customizable platform allows our ecommerce retailers to integrate their online store with this high-powered ERP for full supply chain reporting and accountability."

Ergobaby's new site also has a number of customer-friendly features, designed to improve the shopping experience. Store.ergobaby.com is the first Upshot Commerce site to employ Solr faceted searching and filters. This allows users a rich search experience, getting them the results that they are looking for with better accuracy and a more intuitive work flow.

Customers will also appreciate the new implementation of Facebook Log in, which allows users to create accounts on Ergobaby's site efficiently with their existing Facebook accounts. This not only takes the hassle out of remembering yet another unique website password, it also helps to increase the number of site registrations for the retailer. "Registering new users is key in growing a direct to consumer retail website." Says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Facebook Log In makes this easier for the customer and the retailer."

All of these customizable business solutions not only give retailers the options they require, they also at the core of Upshot Commerce's business model. "Businesses grow and adapt over time and they need ecommerce platforms that can grow and adapt with them," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Our ability to integrate with Epicor, Solr and Facebook allows e-retailers to continue to effectively manage their businesses, even with the growing complexity of an expanding ERP and new technologies."

About Ergobaby

Born in the relaxed environment of Hawaii, first designed by Karin Frost, the original Ergobaby Carrier was developed for her son, applying proper ergonomics to a pragmatic need: keep your baby close. She sought feedback from fellow parents, studied kids' reactions to being carried - and found an enthusiastic audience of likeminded moms and dads.

The Ergobaby Carrier was born out of a personal desire for mobility and comfort allowing you to tackle life while maintaining a close & natural bond with your baby and toddler.

Every new product we design is conceived and developed with a focus on you and your baby. Our products adjust naturally with you - our goal to make life easier in our mobile world. It's about your comfort, your baby's developing body - and everywhere you both can go - without limits.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as Epicor, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Salem, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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November 2012

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Zutano Selects Upshot Commerce As New Ecommerce Platform

November 27, 2012

Boston, MA - Zutano, a premier retailer of children's clothing and apparel, recently announced that they have selected Upshot Commerce as their new ecommerce platform solution. As a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, Upshot Commerce is uniquely poised to meet the functional and design needs of the apparel industry.

"There is a lot of complexity and variance to our product line," says Zutano President Michael Belenky. "Upshot Commerce's experience within the apparel industry was key in selecting them as our ecommerce provider."

The Zutano clothing line encompasses a wide assortment of colorful and lively apparel, designed with babies and toddlers in mind. Since the early 90s, Zutano has expanded their clothing line and market reach from their idyllic farm in northern Vermont to become a globally recognized brand with an increasing online retail presence. "We are thrilled to welcome Zutano into the Upshot Commerce family. Our expertise in apparel ecommerce will help this wonderful company succeed online," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce.

"Over the past few years, we've seen significant growth in our online retail market," says Ecommerce Manager Brian Glogowski. "In order to handle our high order volumes, expanding catalog, and growing customer base, we needed a robust platform. Upshot Commerce meets those needs."

Upshot Commerce offers an assortment of robust marketing and merchandising tools that are important to retailers in the apparel industry. The Coupon and Discount Extension, with its flexible rule-based design is especially useful to clothing retailers like Zutano looking to take advantage of targeted sales. "Setting up sales and discount promotions was incredibly complicated and cumbersome under their old system," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "The Upshot extension will simplify the whole process for Zutano, allowing them to target specific items, categories and all sorts of other parameters quickly and efficiently. We expect them to see a huge benefit from this extension as well as many other custom features in our ecommerce platform."

About Upshot Commerce

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 Boston, MA.

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, online merchandising, shipping and fulfillment, reports and analytics, wholesale and B2B management SEO, security, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200 channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

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Upshot Commerce Offers Convenient Integration with Social Media

November 8th, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently announced new social media integration capabilities. These social media extensions allow Upshot Commerce retailers to integrate their ecommerce sites with a number of social media platforms and leverage their marketing potential. The extensions include both the Social Pricing Extension and the Social Log In Extension.

The Social Pricing Extension allows retailers to increase website engagement by offering item price breaks that are dependent on the number of Facebook Likes they achieve. "This extension is perfect for retailers looking for creative ways to engage their customers and increase brand awareness," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "When used in conjunction with an active social media marketing campaign, this can really help retailers boost their website traffic."

While the Social Pricing Extension engages customers through popularity-driven promotions, the Social Log In Extension helps to make registering with your website even easier. "Most ecommerce consumers have countless numbers of unique website log ins," says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce. "When it comes to retail, you want to do everything you can to make registering with your site as easy as possible. One way to do that is to give them one less log in and password to remember."

The Upshot Commerce Social Log In Extension achieves this by offering new users the opportunity to register with your site using an already existing Facebook or Twitter account. This makes registering quick and easy, and also helps to increase conversions for your online store. "If creating an account or logging in is too complicated, many customers will abandon their carts and shop elsewhere," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "This extension helps ecommerce owners to capture and retain more registered users, and increases shopping convenience for customers."

About Upshot Commerce

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 Boston, MA.

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, online merchandising, shipping and fulfillment, reports and analytics, wholesale and B2B management SEO, security, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200 channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

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Upshot Commerce Partners with Payment Gateway Litle & Co.

November 1st, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently announced integration capabilities with the payment gateway Litle & Co. This integration allows Upshot Commerce users to employ Litle &Co. for their exclusive payment certification needs, or as a payment gateway alternative.

"Litle & Co. is a leading provider of CNP transaction processing and merchant services," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "We are extremely pleased to be able to partner with them and offer their services to our ecommerce customers."

Litle & Co. handles all aspects of the payment system, including authorizations, conditional deposits/sales, deposits/captures, refunds/credits and voids. However Litle & Co is also optimized to deal with many new ecommerce business opportunities. "Litle & Co. is great for simple CNP transactions, but also more complex transactions involving international processing, tokenization and mobile payments," says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce. "This capability is essential for the modern ecommerce retailer."

The Upshot Commerce functionality supporting multiple gateways also makes Litle & Co. the perfect backup gateway for retailers looking for additional security. "The last thing you want as a retailer is for a transaction to be abandoned simply because a payment gateway is down," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Our Rollover Feature allows you to support multiple gateways such as Litle & Co. or Authorize.net and resend payments to alternate gateways if one should fail. This means that no matter what happens, your path to a payment gateway is secure."

About Upshot Commerce

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 Boston, MA.

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, online merchandising, shipping and fulfillment, reports and analytics, wholesale and B2B management SEO, security, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200 channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

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October 2012

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Upshot Commerce Unveils New Look Book Feature

October 25, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently unveiled their new Look Book Feature with one of their premier clothing retailers, Tea Collection. This feature is ideally suited for ecommerce retailers in the apparel industry in order to display collections of items together in an appealing manner.

"Finding ways to visual represent outfits and item collections can be a real challenge for online fashion retailers," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "The Upshot Commerce Look Book allows Tea Collection to show children's clothing to its best advantage, while upselling to customers in a smart, useful way."

The Look Book offers a catalog-like experience for the customer, while providing a simple outfit creation method for the retailer in the back office. "Creating outfits in this extension is as easy as assembling items into a category", says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce."The end result, however, is a better user experience that is much more in tune with the way in which many consumers shop for clothing shoes, and other apparel items."

Though simple and easy to manage, the Look Book is in fact custom designed for each Upshot Commerce retailer to meet with their specific business needs. "Every retailer is different and every business has unique needs and requirements - perhaps none more unique than retail fashion", says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "We work with each retailer to customize the Look Book to meld with the requirements of their brand and business marketing strategy."

About Upshot Commerce

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 Boston, MA.

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, online merchandising, shipping and fulfillment, reports and analytics, wholesale and B2B management SEO, security, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200 channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

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September 2012

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Upshot Commerce Launches Specialty Components Site Price Lynx

September 26, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced the recent launch of Price Lynx (www.pricelynx.com), an online catalog and e-commerce store specializing in obsolete and surplus electronics.

"Our platform is perfect for a niche business like Price Lynx," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Price Lynx carries an array of components and parts that can be easily categorized, searched and filtered to the specific needs of each shopper. Can you imagine trying to go to a Brick and Mortar warehouse and sift through 200,000 items for what you need? "

One feature that really sets Price Lynx apart from comparable sites is the ability to allow shoppers to generate quote orders in addition to traditional online purchasing. "Dealing in obsolete electronics can sometimes be like selling antiques," says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce. "Our Sales Quote Extension allows Price Lynx to negotiate with customers to determine a fair price for items that are difficult to determine a standard market value. The customer generates the order, our system allows Price Lynx to quote down to the individual product line and lock in the quote for review, approval and purchase."

"Another feature of note is the integrated sales team management component," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Letting your sales force place orders, manage quotes, and easily collaborate with clients in one system really increases productivity and customer satisfaction."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Upshot Commerce Announces Improved Search Integration with Nextopia

September 25, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently announced new search integration capabilities with Nextopia. This new integration allows users of the Upshot Commerce Core Platform to improve their website search functionality and increase conversion with the Nextopia search solution.

"A customer's ability to accurately locate and filter search results is crucial for the success of ecommerce stores," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "This is why maintaining an intelligent and robust search solution is so important."

The Upshot Commerce Nextopia Integration includes a variety of features to increase the speed and accuracy of search results, such as customizable fuzzy matching, autocomplete and spell checking. "These features all help the customer to more effectively find what they are looking for, by helping to combat many of the common errors that a user makes when searching," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce.

The Integration not only improves the customer search experience, it also provides retailers with a unique marketing opportunity. "With the ability to control product ranking, retailers can choose to push certain products within search results," says Milanie Cleere Chief Marketing Officer at Upshot Commerce. Additionally, reports and analytics help the retailer to determine whether their search merchandising strategy is working. "All of these features mean better search results for the customer and increased conversion for the retailer."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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August 2012

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Upshot Commerce Offers Optimized Features for the Holidays

August 23, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced the release of a collection of optimized features for the holiday season. These features allow ecommerce retailers to offer the services that consumers demand during a time of gift giving. The features include the Gift Wrap Extension, Gift Card Extension and the Wish List/Gift Registry Extension. All of these holiday-ready extensions are included in the Upshot Commerce Core Platform at no additional cost.

"The holiday season is the busiest time of year for most retailers," says Milanie Cleere Chief Marketing Officer at Upshot Commerce. "Now is the time that ecommerce store owners need to prepare their websites and ensure that they are offering services geared towards gift giving."

Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser agrees. "These three extensions, the Gift Wrap Extension, the Gift Card Extension and the Wish List/Gift Registry Extension offer the services that no commercial retailer should be without when Christmas rolls around."

Although most retailers begin preparing for the holiday season in late summer, Upshot Commerce users also have the ability to test out these new extensions and site features before releasing them to their live sites. "Storefront Staging, which is included in the Core Platform, lets administrators preview their holiday themes internally and get feedback using actual data from their internal testers before launching to the public," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "This feature ensures that by the time your holiday site is public, you'll be ready."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Upshot Commerce Announces Free Addition of Gift Wrap Extension

August 21, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, recently announced an upgrade to their core platform, which will now include the gift wrap extension at no additional cost. The extension, which allows customers to offer wrapping and gift giving services to their ecommerce websites, is a popular addition to many ecommerce platforms.

"There are certain services that customers expect in retail these days and gift wrapping is one of them," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer at Upshot Commerce. "We include it in the core platform because we believe it is an essential feature for any ecommerce retailer."

The extension allows retailers to offer specific items on their sites for gift wrap, but likely as important, it also allows the administrator to individually exclude items as well. "Gift wrapping is a great way to please the customer and make a little additional revenue for your site, but it doesn't necessarily make sense for every product," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "By giving the retailer full control over each product, we remove a lot of consumer confusion that would occur with less customizable solutions."

In addition to gift wrap, the extension also allows retailers to offer gift notes and gift receipts with orders, which can be printed automatically. "Many ecommerce retailers want to be able to offer gift services, but they just aren't equipped to handle all the special requests," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "The gift wrap extension manages all of this for you, so you can still process orders quickly and efficiently, keeping both the customer and retailer happy."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Upshot Commerce Announces Integration with Sage ERP System

August 9, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced a recent upgrade to their Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) integration capabilities. The upgrade allows users of the Upshot Commerce Core platform to fully integrate their online stores with ERP systems, such as the popular Sage platforms: Sage 100, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200.

"Sage is fast becoming one of the most popular ERP systems available on the market," says Upshot Commerce CEO Neal Kaiser. "Upshot's customizable platform allows our web clients to integrate with Sage 100, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 better than any ecommerce platform on the market."

For many online retailers, ERP integration is vitally important. Chinook Medical Gear Inc., a specialized retailer in the medical industry, recognized this as a primary consideration when selecting Upshot as their online platform. "Integrating our online store with our Sage MAS 200 ERP system has been essential for efficient operations," says Jessica Denison, Chief Operations Officer at Chinook. "Upshot continues to provide customized solutions that work for us."

The ability to customize ecommerce business solutions for customers is the key to achieving successful integration with ERP systems. It is also Upshot Commerce's core business model. "Businesses grow and adapt over time and they need ecommerce platforms that can grow and adapt with them," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Our ability to integrate with the popular Sage 100, Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 ERPs allows e-retailers to continue to effectively manage their businesses, even with the growing complexity of incorporating an ERP."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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June 2012

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Upshot Commerce Launches Daily Deal Extension

June 13, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, the premier provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, enthusiastically announced the launch of the Daily Deal Extension. The new feature allows online merchants to quickly and easily create daily deal promotions on their online store.

"Upshot Commerce clients are fortunate to have online stores that are easily extensible and customizable," says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce. "We listen to customer needs and develop the tools they need to succeed. This includes marketing options such as the Daily Deal Extension."

The new feature can be added to an existing client site or used alone to power a dedicated, daily deal site. "With Groupon's IPO (NASDAQ:GRPN), there's an increased interest among entrepreneurs and retailers for a turnkey ecommerce solution paired with daily deal functionality," says Derek Stringfellow, Chief Business Development Officer at Upshot Commerce.

"Upshot Commerce is unique among ecommerce solutions providers," says Kaiser. New platform features such as the Daily Deal Extension are created and integrated by Upshot Commerce, not third party providers. "I've seen what happens when other ecommerce companies force customers to use third parties to extend their platform. The process often results in broken sites and lost sales."

"The Daily Deal Extension, along with our many other platform extensions, are fully integrated by our knowledgeable staff of engineers and ecommerce strategists," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "Launching an online store is just the beginning. We're here help our clients embrace technology-driven marketing channels such as our new Daily Deal Extension. Their success is ours."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Upshot Commerce Launches Roll Over Payment Gateway Extension

June 6, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced the release of the Roll Over Payment Gateway Extension. During the checkout process the extension determines whether or not a retailer's primary payment gateway is available. If not, the extension forces the transaction to cycle through a predefined list of payment gateways ensuring the transaction is processed.

"With most of our customers using Authorize.Net as their sole payment gateway, I felt the risk to their business was too great if Authorize.Net experienced another significant or prolonged outage," said Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO of Upshot Commerce.

The Payment Gateway Extension is available to ecommerce retailers using the Upshot Commerce Core Platform. The extension adds an additional $25 per month to the ecommerce software licensing fee. But that's a small price to pay for a little peace of mind and insurance.

"The Wall Street Journal estimated that Amazon.Com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) loses at least $1.8M USD per minute when their site goes down," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer of Upshot Commerce. "We want to ensure our customer sites, especially in regards to something as fundamental as payment processing, have fault tolerance."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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May 2012

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Upshot Commerce Announces Upgrade to Affiliate Program Extension

Upshot Commerce Improves Features and Performance of Affiliate Program for Online Retailers

May 31, 2012

Boston, MA - Upshot Commerce, a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced the upgrade of its Affiliate Program Extension. The upgrade improves numerous features and performance enhancements along. Monthly pricing for the Affiliate Program Extension is considerably lower than other affiliate program solutions.

"Online retailers are constantly looking for cost-effective methods for increasing their customer base and sales," says Milanie Cleere, Chief Marketing Officer at Upshot Commerce. "The Upshot Affiliate Program Extension does just that, and more."

Included are improved features for inventory, campaign, affiliate group and account management. Retailers can easily create new campaigns, import campaign banners and create, update or delete affiliate groups. The Affiliate Management Extension has numerous reports for viewing sales, campaign, commission and inventory information.

"Upshot Commerce's Affiliate Management Extension is another example of how Upshot Commerce is different from solutions such as Demandware and Magento," says founder and CEO Neal Kaiser. "We don't force retailers to work with third party companies for platform extensions. This approach often leads to broken code and lost sales. Instead, we develop platform extensions in-house and ensure they work with the Upshot Commerce Core Platform."

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Milanie Cleere
milanie.cleere@upshotcommerce.com
617.682.0459

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company Rebrand: Make-a-Store Becomes Upshot Commerce

May 7, 2012

Make-a-Store, Inc. has been providing online and mobile ecommerce solutions for the past eighteen years. The company will rebrand itself as Upshot Commerce (www.upshotcommerce.com). In addition to a new name, a redesigned web site, logo and tagline will launch. The effort more accurately represents the company's energy and enthusiasm for innovation and growth.

"I founded Make-a-Store while still in college," says Neal Kaiser, founder and CEO. "I'm an engineer at heart. Our corporate web site and branding was always secondary to innovation and keeping clients happy," says Kaiser. "We've been profitable since 1994. Most clients come through referrals."

Milanie Cleere, Upshot's Chief Marketing Offer, is thrilled to oversee the rebranding. "The new identity gives a fresh look to a truly robust and innovative ecommerce solution - a platform honed from years of experience and real-world use." According to Cleere Upshot Commerce "has been the quiet, secret sauce for many companies for far too long. It's time to spread the word about Upshot's complete, end-to-end, cloud-based, customizable platform. "We have so many features built-in that other companies require third-party vendors for."

Highlights of the Upshot Commerce platform include features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile & social commerce integration, affinity/auto ship programs, channel integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features, and a loyalty/reward points program.

About Upshot Commerce

The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, shipping and fulfillment, online merchandising, reports and analytics, SEO, security, wholesale and B2B management, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.

Upshot Commerce is the most customizable, on-demand ecommerce software solution. Ever. Founded in 1994 by Neal Kaiser, the company is located in Boston, MA. The Upshot Commerce platform is ideal for growing businesses and organizations looking to upgrade and optimize their ecommerce solutions provider.

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Press Contact:
Milanie Cleere
milanie.cleere@upshotcommerce.com
617.682.0459

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