There's an old saying that "Rome wasn't built in a day" but I can't picture the empire of Rome applying it's renowned efficiency of the road builders to constyruct an e-commerce site. What's the shipping cost on an XL purple tunic run these days? Is there a tax in Germania on battle axes? Can a chariot deliver a catapult to Brittania by RPS (Roman Parcel Service) in 3 days? Imagine a Roman Emperor issuing an official decree to form a legion to build an efficient e-commerce site so that the empire would run smoothly. The people demand it!!!!
Here at NFPA, we aren't building stone roads or beautiful archways but we have been building a new e-commerce site. And, in our case, when the people took to the cyber roadways to let us know what changes we need to make, we listened.
Most of us don't think of how an e-commerce site works other than entering our credit card, printing out our confirmation of goods purchased and waiting for some man with a hat driving a boxy looking truck to deliver our package. Based on watching the hard-working crew here at NFPA that have been building our new e-commerce site over the last 12 months I now know two things; 1. Coffee has been given intravenously for the last few weeks around launch 2. There's a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this engine run.
We won't bore you with the technical details but here's the top 5 takewaways recently revealed on Roman Late Night Coliseum TV:
1. Improved navigation and product categories
2. A streamlined checkout system that will save you time
3. Enhanced search logic and results
4. Single sign on connected to your profile
5. User friendly design
So check out the new e-commerce engine at nfpa.org/catalog and let us know what you think. E-mail Liz Hyde, Centurion of our legion firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Legion headquarters at NFPA. We are on the 2nd floor next to the lion's den and across from codes and standards.
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