DiggersList.com plans hardware storefronts
DiggersList.com is taking a new approach to engaging shoppers and sellers, reminiscent both of business sites and social networking sites. In June, the online home improvement classified introduced a new program, offering a combination of features, which it says are similar to those found on Facebook, Twitter and Groupon.
With the new program, users will create “storefronts,” personalized pages that display items for sale by category, and will also be able to follow other “storefronts” and be notified of new deals on the site with a “follow the deal” button. Additionally, the “storefronts” program will allow storefront owners to send coupons to their followers. Consumers will be able to receive deals on the products they want, without having to look through listings that do not interest them. In addition, each storefront will receive its own custom URL, which the owner may use to advertise across other business websites.
“Our intention is to allow users to engage with each other, and to have access to deals they are interested in, without damage to small businesses,” said Matt Knox, CEO of DiggersList. He added that so far the “storefronts” program has met with a very positive response, with storefront owners already beginning to advertise on various websites.
The new program does not yet allow private businesses to set up “storefronts,” but is expected to open for private businesses by this fall.
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Quikrete reaches out to smartphone users
Quikrete has announced the launch of new smartphone-friendly features, including a mobile website and Quick Response codes, which will be printed on advertisements and retailer bin tags wherever Quikrete products are sold.
The QR codes are paper-based bar codes, and may be scanned with smartphone cameras, using a previously downloaded application that’s increasingly common.
With the QR codes, consumers will be able to access 18 new how-to videos on a variety of projects involving concrete through the company’s mobile website. Following the videos, consumers will also be directed through their smartphones to project directions, a calculator and a shopping list related to the project.
Quikrete’s mobile website may be reached on smartphone Internet browsers at mvideos.quikrete.com.
This is exciting news for
This is exciting news for smart phone users. In fact that kind of mind blowing applications are being available on these phones, are truly awesome. I think, soon there would be a huge increase in the statistics of smart phone users. Mobile phones have helped create new concepts, Mass Texting is one of them.
Lincoln Electric acquires Torchmate
Lincoln Electric Holdings, a manufacturer of welding and soldering equipment, has announced the acquisition of Applied Robotics, known in the welding industry by its brand name, Torchmate. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Based in Reno, Nev., Torchmate offers a wide selection of CNC plasma and oxyfuel cutting tables and systems to small and medium-sized fabricators. The company’s annual sales are approximately $13 million.
"Metal cutting is closely aligned with arc welding, and the addition of Torchmate will bolster our ability to provide cutting process solutions for our customers," said John Stropki, chairman and CEO of Lincoln Electric.
Lincoln Electric is a leading supplier of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Lincoln has 41 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.
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