John Rood

August 28, 2018

WooCommerce Spee-Dee Extension Fixed

A lot of our small business customers love the Spee-Dee Delivery Service. Problem is that the official Spee-Dee Shipping extension sold on WooCommerce.com for $79 hasn’t kept pace with the 3.X versions of WooCommerce. The constant errors have been a pain on many of our sites, causing error logs to grow and causing at least one of our busy ecommerce sites to crash periodically. After contacting the folks at Woo […]
November 6, 2017

Merry Christmas, Walmart, from your Friends at Amazon

In an early round of what is sure to be a slugfest, Amazon has decided to use its own warchest this holiday season to discount the price of some products sold by both companies. You can read about it here. But the practice reportedly has upset third-party vendors who don’t want to see outside discounts applied to their products without permission. Why? My guess is it dawned on them a long […]
November 6, 2017

Google PageInsights Needs More Polish

Disclaimer: No one crunches numbers like Google, probably not even the NSA or U.S. military. But that doesn’t mean it’s number crunching is perfect. As part of its business strategy of becoming the de facto maker/enforcer of standards on the Internet, Google released PageInsights four years ago. The concept is simple. Put your web address into its little scanner and it quickly analyzes the site and rates both the desktop […]
March 28, 2017

Walmart Remains the Underdog in the Future of Retailing

See photo at right. Walmart, it’s 2017. Why? While you ponder why America’s largest bricks and mortar retailer is still selling old style black cassette recorders, consider this pic a visual metaphor for the uphill battle the Arkansas-based company faces as it battles with Amazon. I needed to pick up a bluetooth speaker for work yesterday over lunch. My first stop was to our North 27th Street Radio Shack. They were […]