Sales Grow 40 Percent at Online Stores, Inc. in 2007, Aided by Increased Productivity Using Stone Edge Order Manager Software

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Annual sales grew from $13m in 2006 to over $18m in 2007. By using Stone Edge, Online Stores has become more efficient in processing and managing orders. The company now ships over 2,000 orders per day at peak times.

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Online Stores, Inc. announced today that since implementing the Stone Edge Order Manager for order processing and purchase orders in 2006, its annual sales increased from $13 million to over $18 million in 2007. This $5 million jump can be partially attributed to the increased employee productivity the Stone Edge software has enabled.

Online Stores began using Stone Edge as a means of inventory control in 2004, and by 2006 the accounting and wholesale departments were using Stone Edge for order processing and purchase orders. It became necessary to implement Stone Edge in the customer service department in 2007 when the company’s Yahoo websites went down unexpectedly and orders couldn’t be placed online. By using Stone Edge, Online Stores was able to save hundreds of orders that would have otherwise been lost.

Since Stone Edge is customizable, and all company data is stored in a central location, Online Stores is able to create customized reports to find sales figures, inventory levels, backorder lists and hundreds of other reports. “We have the Stone Edge software fully integrated with all of our other systems, including our multiple web sites, our shipping system, and our accounting system,” said Randy Henderson, IS Manager at Online Stores. “It tracks our inventory, purchase orders, invoices and shipments to customers, and helps us manage all aspects of our business.”

Because Stone Edge reports and data are available at the click of a mouse, Online Stores’ employees have become more productive, shipment times have become faster and out of stock and backordered items have been significantly reduced. With faster shipping times and fewer backorders, customer satisfaction has increased, and returning customers now account for over 50% of sales. Online Stores plans to continue to use Stone Edge Order Manager as the core of its IT systems. “The software was very affordable and has paid for itself many times over,” said Henderson. “Stone Edge helped us grow from a home based business to a top 500 online retailer.”

About Online Stores, Inc.
Founded by Lisa and Kevin Hickey in 2002, Online Stores, Inc. is a rapidly growing, family owned company based near Pittsburgh. A top 500 retailer, Online Stores operates six internet retail stores including the United States Flag Store , the most popular retail flag website, and the English Tea Store , the second most popular tea website as ranked by Alexa.com. The company also sells industrial safety equipment, a wide range of gifts, kitchenware and strollers.

Contact:
Kevin Hickey
Vice President
Online Stores, Inc.
http://www.onlinestores.com
Phone: 724-925-5627
FAX: 412-774-2445
Email: Kevin @ onlinestores.com

About Stone Edge Technologies, Inc.
Stone Edge Technologies is a privately owned developer of affordable e-commerce software for small businesses. Barney Stone, a pioneer of database software for desktop computers, founded the company in 1983. Stone Edge began shipping its flagship Order Manager in 2000. Today nearly 2,000 Web merchants use the Stone Edge Order Manager to help streamline their businesses.

Contact:
Barney Stone
President
Stone Edge Technologies, Inc.
http://www.stoneedge.com
Phone: 610-994-3699, ext. 111
FAX: 610-994-3690
Email: Barney @ stoneedge.com

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