2020 was an interesting year for all of us. eCommerce sales were booming for many merchants as much of the world was spending the majority of their time at home due to quarantine.
It was also a year when many online store owners pushed the limits of their store’s platform, their internal operations, and even themselves as they struggled to keep up with the increase in orders.
The “COVID Quarantine of 2020” also gave merchants the opportunity to consider whether or not their current eCommerce platform could continue to meet the needs of their business.
Fast forward to 2021 and it’s safe to say that we underestimated just how many merchants would be seeking a new electronic home for their business. Once the holiday season wrapped up, requests for platform migrations were at their highest level ever and we’re continuing to see more and more merchants each week come to us to move them to a new platform.
Our team of designers, programmers, and app developers have certainly risen to the challenge! Over the course of the past 18 months, we’ve developed systems and processes that enable us to migrate store data such as customers, items, descriptions, orders, etc much faster and with more “clean” data than ever before.
(I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw in a quick pitch here for our platform transfer service!)
With travel restrictions starting to ease up, some of our team members have hit the road to meet each other and some of our clients. While based in the Los Angeles area, Your Store Wizards has team members in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, and the Dominican Republic.
Yes, we were using Zoom before Zoom was cool!
This week, Joe Palko flew from Florida to Pennsylvania to meet with our lead designer Joe Karavis who has been clocking a lot of hours creating unique designs for our clients moving from Yahoo! Store to BigCommerce. I can’t wait to show off some of Joe K’s work in future blog posts!
Travel plans aligned perfectly for lead eCommerce developer Julio Arzeno a few weeks ago. Julio heads up our team of BigCommerce and Shopify programmers and is involved in nearly every platform migration project including one that’s ready to wrap up for a long-time client, Blair Candy.
Julio was in Florida visiting family and friends in Miami and made a pit-stop in Deerfield Beach to meet up with Joe Palko and one of the owners of Blair Candy, Pam Macharola, to go over last-minute details before their new site launches in a few weeks.
Of course, no visit to Florida would be complete without heading three hours north to… Disney World where Julio spent a few days with his family before returning home.
These may seem like small things, but they really do signal a somewhat “return to normal” that we’ve all been looking forward to both in our personal and professional lives.
GM, Your Store Wizards
Scott Sanfilippo began his eCommerce journey in 1994 by co-founding one of the Internet’s first online retailers, TheFerretStore.com, which was acquired by PetCo in 2006. In 2001, he co-founded the eCommerce design and marketing firm Solid Cactus, which was acquired by web.com in 2009. Today, Scott is the General Manager of Your Store Wizards and lives in Delray Beach, FL. Scott can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.