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Yahoo! Stores Business Solution Extends Reach

Posted on September 28th, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Colorado Web Solutions was recently Featured In Internet Retailer. A copy of the article is below.

Bridgeport, CT, September 27, 2010

Colorado Web Solutions, a design solution that enables online businesses to improve performance, announced today a partnership with Bongo International that provides international shipping for online retail customers, effectively opening up the global marketplace. Colorado Web Solution’s customers (U.S. Yahoo! stores) can now access Bongo’s international shipping capabilities almost immediately, thus allowing shoppers to view real-time international shipping costs, local currency, language translation, and an expected delivery date.

“We don’t just design website’s, we design businesses. That’s what makes us such a great company to work with. We understand online business,” says Matt Sampson, CEO of Colorado Web Solutions. Matt specializes in taking an idea and making it into a productive reality. The business model is simple; design a solution that allows online businesses to do better business through improved efficiency allowing increased profits. “It’s not about our success, ” says Sampson, “We’re only successful if our clients are successful. We remain steadfast and focused on the clients themselves and their businesses. The proof of their success is determined by the success of their clients. This is a time tested equation, service levels are often the defining lines between companies who make it and those who don’t. This is even more critical in a tough economy when the customer ‘experience’ weighs in more heavily than usual in the final purchasing decision.

Colorado Web Solutions is not just writing code and selecting a color theme for the client site. Rather, they perform as business analyst and virtual architect. These are the guys who do the behind the scenes work ensuring the customer has a positive experience, and continues through the checkout process to return again. Brent Carey, Lead Project Manager of CWS continues, “The most important thing to consider is creating a website that accurately reflects your business culture and clientele. It’s very important to understand your expected customer base and to create a site that caters to their expectations.”

This is also where Bongo International’s area of expertise in overcoming international eCommerce obstacles is applied, and is paramount due to the significant growth occurring in eCommerce. Very often in the international checkout process, the steep estimated duties and taxes shock a potential conversion into a definite shopping cart rolling down the virtual aisle unattended, or abandoned, as it were. Bongo counters this by offering competitive and accurate shipping costs, including duties and taxes, delivery date, insurance, and language translation. Bongo is able to provide significant shipping discounts to U.S. merchants because of the product volume they ship out of the United States. Through Bongo, U.S. Merchants are able to access untapped international demographics with a simple software implementation that is almost immediate. In brief, Bongo offers a simple solution to the complex process of transitioning into international eCommerce.

Meagan Jump, Account Executive with Bongo first came across Colorado Web Solutions when another merchant mentioned that they utilize CWS to complete all web developing within their site. “This merchant suggested I contact CWS because they are always looking for value-added solutions to offer all of their merchants. When I contacted Colorado Web Solutions they were excited about offering their merchants a solution to open the doors to the international market without taking on any of the risks or challenges that are involved when shipping internationally.” Bongo International also screens international shoppers to prevent fraudulent orders, resulting in an impressive 0.00 percent fraud rate throughout company history. For international buyers, Bongo offers a one-off purchase plan or a subscription plan that provides additional shipping savings. For additional information on Bongo visit the website at

Colorado Web Solutions ( ) has been designing Yahoo! Stores since 1997 and is one of a select group of official “Yahoo! Merchant Solutions Developers”. Colorado Web Solutions specializes in designing and re-designing Yahoo! Stores and focuses on helping train merchants to use and understand their stores in addition to crafting user friendly and custom store designs. Colorado Web Solutions has an additional service called designed to assist all Yahoo Store owners with SEO reporting and training. Colorado Web Solutions is a full service provider for any small to medium sized business working within or moving to the Yahoo! Merchant Solutions platform.


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Add International Shipping to your Yahoo! Store today

Posted on September 27th, 2010 by Matt Sampson - Colorado Web Solutions

Colorado Web Solutions is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Bongo International to provide International Shipping Services to Yahoo! Store Owners.

Colorado Web Solutions has partnered with Bongo, a leader in International Shipping and is now able to offer Yahoo store owners quick and easy access to international shipping services. Aside from a one time set up fee that we are offering up to 50% on, there is absolutely no cost to you as a merchant! We have also been able to negotiate a one year commitment for our clients vs the standard two year commitment normally required by Bongo.

If you are not familiar with how Bongo works, let me explain it to you. It’s quite amazing.

As a merchant you will sign up for the Bongo service and we will install the technology on your site for you. There is a $500 fee for this set up process. For the rest of the month and all of next month, we are offering a 50% discount on installation and set up bringing the total price down to only $250! This is the last fee you will have to pay for international shipping!

Once your website is set up and the code is installed, your international clients will have the option to join Bongo for their international shipping. Your customers will join Bongo and create an account directly on-top of your site so you will not be sending anyone away from your domain. International clients have the option to pay a per-use rate or they can sign up for a monthly membership and get substantial discounts on shipping.

After your international customer has created their account, Bongo will provide them with a US based shipping address and they will enter this address into your yahoo store. Once the order has been placed you will ship the item to the Bongo facility and they will take care of the rest for you!

You will never have to fill out another customs form or wonder if you are shipping to a “real address” ever again.

Speaking from experience when I used to manage a Yahoo Store, we were hesitant to start international shipping due to the fraud, customs and headache of offering the service. We did end up offering international shipping and it became a good portion of our business. If we had had access to a service like Bongo back then, it sure would have made life quite a bit easier.

My advice to you is: if you have considered offering international shipping from your yahoo store, I would highly suggest you give this service a good look.

If you would like to read more about International shipping for Yahoo Stores, please click this link to explore the service further.

If you would like us to have a bongo Representative contact you asap about International Shipping Options, please click this link to fill out our interest form.

Thanks so much everyone and have a great week.

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