Grand River Launches New E-commerce Site for Lake Champlain Chocolates

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Magento™ platform helps to craft online store for gourmet Vermont chocolate maker

Grand River Launches New E-commerce Site for Lake Champlain Chocolates
“Because of their many years of e-commerce experience and a true understanding of our unique brand and company goals, we partnered with Grand River,” said Jim Lampman, founder and owner of Lake Champlain Chocolates.

Grand River, a leading e-commerce developer, today announced the launch of a redesigned e-commerce site for Lake Champlain Chocolates. [http://lakechamplainchocolates.com . The chocolate manufacturer, based in Vermont, produces high quality, all-natural, gourmet chocolates in small batches.

Lake Champlain Chocolates’ products are also sold at company stores in Vermont and nationwide at specialty food and gift stores.

“As we grow our commitment to offer an upscale experience to our gifting clients, our e-commerce store has become a vital part of our overall business,” said Jim Lampman, founder and owner of the chocolate company. “Because of their many years of e-commerce experience and a true understanding of our unique brand and company goals, we partnered with Grand River.”

Grand River developed a customized checkout feature as part of the redesigned site. Shoppers enjoy an easy-to-use checkout tool with which they can ship products to multiple addresses on multiple dates. The functionality is available to registered Lake Champlain Chocolates account holders, as well as those visitors who prefer to check out as guests of the site. Shoppers can also easily add gift messages to the products they purchase and ship.

A Magento Enterprise Partner, Grand River designed Lake Champlain Chocolates’ new site with Magento’s Enterprise Edition 1.9. This leading open-source e-commerce platform delivers a scalable and cost effective online retail solution with rich features, functionality and flexibility.

Functionality in the new online store includes content management, search engine optimization, promotional marketing tools, order management, customer service, analytics and reporting.

"Lake Champlain Chocolates has earned a reputation as a premium chocolate company,” said Scott Robertson, partner and co-founder of Grand River. "The company is poised for growth and this new site, which reinforces their gourmet brand and features tools that gifters need for a seamless shopping experience, will set the stage for their continued online growth.”

In addition to the redesign of the new e-commerce site for Lake Champlain Chocolates, Grand River provides web hosting and ongoing site enhancements and maintenance services.

About Lake Champlain Chocolates
Preservative-free and Kosher-certified, Lake Champlain Chocolates are crafted in small batches from the finest quality chocolate and select natural ingredients including local Vermont cream, sweet butter, maple syrup and honey. The company offers a variety of gifts including super-premium chocolate covered fruits and nuts, chocolate truffles, chocolate gift baskets and its ever-popular Chocolate of the Month Club. Lake Champlain Chocolates are available online at [http://lakechamplainchocolates.com , by calling toll-free at 800-465-5909, as corporate gifts & wedding favors, at three company-owned retail stores in Vermont and nationwide at specialty food & gift stores and upscale hotels & inns.

About Grand River
Grand River is an industry leading e-commerce design and development company, specializing in solutions for mid-market retailers and multichannel companies. The firm’s core expertise is in the leading open source e-commerce platforms, including Magento™ Enterprise. Clients include many of the Internet Retailer Top 500 firms in retail, healthcare, technology, telecom, and publishing. This year, the company was named among Michigan’s “50 Companies To Watch”, honoring second-stage firms that demonstrate high performance and innovation. Founded in 2007, Grand River has offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. Call 734.913.8000 or visit http://www.thegrandriver.com to learn more.

Contacts:
Scott Robertson Tel: 734.913.8000 x224 email: srobertson (at) thegrandriver (dot) com
Judy Foster Tel: 734.913.8000 x222 email: jfoster (at) thegrandriver (dot) com

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