In this category you will learn how to manage the masses of emails you get and how the STOREE app can help you with it.

Bills, bills, bills – keeping ahead of things with STOREE

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Beta testers speak out

Before STOREE was launched to a wider audience, we tested the app with a group of beta users over a period of 12 months. Not only did they stress test STOREE and help us significantly refine the technology behind STOREE, but they also rigorously feedbacked on user experience and app design.

We’d like to put some of them in the spotlight and let them share their experience with STOREE and tell their personal stories about how our app specifically helps them in their daily online shopping lives.

Meet Anna

Today, we start with Anna. She lives in a small town in Germany, is a mom and has a full-time job. She was one of the first ones to join the beta tester group and is, as you will find out, a truly experienced online shopper.

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Shopaholic in the Middle of Nowhere

When I started using STOREE I did out of curiosity and to support a girl I followed on social media for a million years. Little did I know on how brilliant this would turn out.

There is no nice way to say this. I shop online a lot.

I shop kid stuff, anything my mother saw on TV, I make material reservations online for construction work at home and sometimes even place an order for something off my personal wish list. Oh the perks of being a full time working mom without any shops within a 50km radius.

Bills, bills, bills…

As long as I had to juggle a million emails in my inbox, there were more bills than I can remember I was late on. It’s embarrassing to admit but that’s how it’s been.

To be honest, STOREE and I, we had a rough start. In the beginning it only sat on my phone, silently showing me my orders. When another payment reminder came in, I decided something had to be done.

Taking control

I opened the app and started going in deep, checking what came in and what wasn’t paid and sorting everything out. Ever since that day I keep coming back to check on things. It helps me to have a clear overview not just about pending payments but also about in transit stuff and returns.

Everything at your fingertips

I used to search my inbox for all the details about the latest kitchen gadget my mother had wanted and when it is supposed to arrive or the 20 digit reservation number from OBI, and now it is all within arm’s reach, pre-sorted and aesthetically pleasing.

It makes mom life a little better. And never a bill late!

 

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One look is all it takes

With STOREE, you can filter all your orders and be always up to date on delivery, payment and return status. All orders that need to be paid or that are in delivery at one glance, so it’s easy to follow up with what requires actions and when to expect the mailman.

If you click on the status icons in the overview, you can even see more finegrained information on the status such as “Delivery pending”, “Arriving today” or “Payment requested”. They’re displayed in an intuitive traffic light color scheme so that one look is enough to know what’s going on!

The events can also be edited manually so you can also use STOREE actively as an order manager and change events yourself! Paid an outstanding order? – Just mark the order as “Paid” in STOREE!

Get organized today!

STOREE is available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

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2021-06-20T13:39:55+02:00June 20th, 2021|App, Beta, Beta testers, Email, Organization, Productivity, Shopping, STOREE, Tips|

STOREE launched

STOREE launched

After 12 months of tremendous effort and an 8-month beta that included hundreds of avid online shoppers from the DACH and Benelux regions, we are finally ready to launch STOREE for everybody.

The early beginnings

We, the founders of eigenlinks, grew up during the time online shopping exploded. We issued our first orders with Amazon before this millennium, thought eBay was the greatest thing that happened to us after Tamagotchis, and sent German marks in envelopes as the payment method of choice before there were any established digital payment solutions.

Throughout our studies we ordered books, office supplies, things we could not afford as well as things we didn’t need from the internet. Not even the occasional 12 weeks of delivery time could stop us. Despite the many shortcomings in its early days, we love online shopping and believe it has made our lives so much easier.

Online shopping during COVID-19

This past year has challenged everybody and also highlighted the significance of online shopping as the main channel for the purchase of daily goods like groceries, medical, drugstore and household goods. And toilet paper, lots of toilet paper…

With on and off lockdowns throughout Europe, opening hour limitations, quarantines and social distancing, means of buying goods have become limited and dangerous for certain parts of the population. Gradually, online shopping emerged as a viable and simple solution accessible to most.

Online shopping has become so much more than a channel to splurge on products 24/7 in the last 20 years. It offers consumers more choices and transparency, it is time saving and efficient, and it evens out availability discrepancies between the rural and urban populations. It would be an understatement to say that online shopping is a true game changer.

99 problems and all of them are emails

The development of online shopping however has not been exclusively positive. In an effort to inform the shoppers about every single step of the shopping journey, shops started bombarding consumers with messages: One email for when the parcel is packed, one email for when it’s in the delivery van, one email when the delivery van starts moving… You get the idea.

The uprising of marketplaces from which various sellers can sell under one umbrella has made things even worse and more fragmented. Did you know that when you issue one single order at an online marketplace, you’ll sometimes end up receiving up to 35 emails before you have even received the goods? That’s not even including potential returns and refunds.

Back on track with STOREE

As first-gen online shoppers, we did not like what we heard from fellow online shoppers and what we experienced firsthand. We decided to change this by building a digital solution that significantly simplifies online shopping by providing you with a clear overview of all your online purchases and their statuses. This eliminates the need to dig through hundreds of emails in your mailbox and memorize anything.

We believe that online shopping should be easy, fun, and simplify shoppers’ lives, not make them more complicated. We also think that you shouldn’t need experience in supply chain to be able to manage your online shopping.

That is why we developed and built STOREE and we could not be more excited for it to launch!

How STOREE helps online shoppers

STOREE – Your online shopping companion

STOREE helps you organize and manage all your online orders so you never lose track of them. Order details, items, shipping addresses, payment methods, return statuses – everything in one place.

When is my parcel arriving? Did I already pay for this order? Where did I buy this from again? STOREE helps you to stay on top of all your online orders by providing you a beautiful overview with everything you need to know about your orders.

Say goodbye to shopping memos, lists, sticky notes, spreadsheets and forever searching in your email inbox for this one email you will most probably not find anyway due to the cryptic subject. STOREE will filter out and display all the important online shopping information for you.

  • Order Overview
    Shop names, items, prices, shipping, and payment status – all in one place, at one glance and regardless of which shops you shop from.
  • Order Event Management
    Incoming events that are linked to a particular order will be automatically matched and the status will be updated in the app. Alternatively, you can also edit and tick off the events yourself.
  • Delivery Tracking
    Track all your deliveries and always know when parcels arrive. Are they rerouted or delayed? No problem, STOREE can notify you about this, too.
  • Wishlist
    No matter if you find an item you love in your browser or in another shopping app – share it to your universal STOREE wishlist and save it for later.
  • Payment Overview
    Always know which orders you already paid and which payments are still outstanding – independent of your payment method. Whether you use an invoice, credit cards, pay later options – we’ve got you covered.
  • Returns & Refunds
    Ordered something that did not meet your expectations? Manage all your returns and refunds from within STOREE and never forget to return anything again.
  • Contact Shops
    Have any questions or problems with your order? STOREE has implemented contact buttons so that you can contact the online shop of your choice with just one click and easy access to the order number which is needed in every communication.

Simply download the app from the App Store or the Google Play, sign up and get your own STOREE email address. Then use this email address in online shops you love to make orders. These will then appear in your STOREE overview.

If you wish to receive a sneak peek on how STOREE will make your life easier and more organized – simply forward an order confirmation to your new STOREE email address and see the magic happening!

More helpful features!

Looking back on the past 12 months

With the help of our beta testing community, we have learned a lot about building a product, setting priorities, user experiments and processing user feedback. We have continuously interviewed online shoppers, created and analyzed numerous surveys, and learned from bug reports and feedback from testers that have been using STOREE for the past 6 months. This is some of their feedback:

“I love everything about STOREE. The app is such a game changer.”

“STOREE makes it easy to keep trackof things and it‘s really helpful in doing so. I didn’t expect to like it that much in the beginning.”

“I love your app, it’s genius and saves me a lot of time and nerves. You guys did an amazing job! I can’t even remember how online shopping was before STOREE.”

“THANK YOU for this app. I was not aware that I needed STOREE but now I cannot imagine living without it!”

“I love that you developed an app for a problem I didn’t even know I had! Did it annoy me that I had to maintain a checklist when I had several orders going on at the same time? Yes! But I only realized how annoying it really was when I started using STOREE and thought: Wow! Thank you for getting rid of this annoyance for me!”

We shipped new features, went through redesigns, made numerous improvements and fixed hundreds, if not thousands, of bugs. Our testers’ feedback, negative and positive, has been very encouraging and pushed our team to always give their very best in creating an awesome consumer application that helps people solve problems.

We would like to thank this community for their effort, feedback, ideas, criticism and support. We feel immensely proud that you were part of the journey up until now and are hyped to see how far we can go together!

What’s ahead?

Building the foundations of STOREE is only the beginning and creates many product opportunities for the (near) future. There are many more features we plan to implement but, of course, never without user validation and testing.

We will also continue to improve the tech behind STOREE and introduce new languages to be recognized so that online shoppers around the globe can become organized with our app.

STOREE’s launch is the joint result of our fantastic beta testing community who helped us by online shopping (there isn’t a more awesome and fun way to help, is there?) and providing feedback, our advisors Jeroen, Finn, Guido, Romano and Thomas, and our team.

We can’t wait to show everybody what’s yet to come.

Your STOREE team

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2021-06-16T09:01:00+02:00June 15th, 2021|App, Email, Launch, Organization, Productivity, Shopping, STOREE|

Why one email address is not enough

Too many emails

What’s your email address?

If this question does not make you pause, count and think about which one you want to share, then it might be time to reconsider.

While one might get the impression that emails are long dead and belong on a pile with CDs, DVDs and vinyl records, the truth is that emails are bigger and more important than ever.

She came to stay

There are newer and better solutions available that seem to replace emails in your personal and professional lives, like messaging apps or instant-messaging services, but emails are surprisingly sturdy and remain an essential part of our daily communication.

And it does not seem to be changing anytime soon.

Old but gold

The email was born in the 1960s which makes it older than most of its current users. It is estimated that 320 billion emails are sent and received on a daily base. The insane number this adds up to on a yearly base is hardly imaginable and it only keeps growing.

When we empty our physical mailboxes, we always make sure to neatly separate important letters from the government, doctors or the tax advisor from promotional leaflets, letters convincing us to invest in an annual lottery subscription and the best 99 cent offers of the week.

So why would we not want to this in our digital mailboxes, too?

Wrong place, wrong time

Nothing is worse than not being able to find an official confirmation in your email inbox because it is buried between all the newsletters for funny socks, toys and garden hoses.

The other way around, it also gets very annoying on a shopping spree when you are looking for this one 25% promotion code you know you received but you just cannot find.

The solution to this is easy: Split them.

name@reputable-email-provider.com

Many emails we receive are important to us on different levels, for different purposes and at different times.

Having them mixed in one single mailbox can be a true nightmare. The longer one email address is used for all purposes, the more creative our ninja-inbox-searching-skills will have to become to ever find something again.

A great first distinction to make is to keep a primary email address for all important private matters and official communication with government and tax authorities, doctors and for job applications.

These days, using first.and.last.name separated by whatever characters are allowed @a-great-email-service-provider.com is the common style to opt for. It leaves a serious impression and is easy to remember – what more could we wish for in an official email address?

Why you need a separate shopping-only email address

The second email address we’d want in place is purely for shopping-related emails. It is important to keep all your shopping-related emails as they contain purchase agreements you enter with every online shop you use.

Often warranties and policies are also part of these emails. Therefore, it is strongly suggested to be able to refer to these emails at any given time.

Every online shop requires an email address from us. At this point, the email address is used for commercial use and will be, sometimes magically, served with newsletters, discount codes, customer service, review requests and much more. This is why some people might mistakenly refer to it also as “spam email address” as they already expect it to happen.

Having more than one email address will prevent this and keep all inboxes clean.

Use STOREE

While basically any email provider is suitable for the setup of a shopping-only email address, there are options that offer more advantages than others.

Or simply one that’s oustanding.

When you sign up with STOREE, you can create your very own shopping-only email address. How about discount-code.connoisseur@storee.email? – You got it. Or jane.doe@storee.email. – No problem!

Not only can you use this email address in online shops and start separating your personal emails from shopping-related emails, but the STOREE mobile app will also provide you with a sleek overview of all your orders, their relevant details and events.

This allows you to easily see everything important at one glance.

What is this dark magic?

We use state-of-the-art machine learning, natural language processing and automation techniques to extract only the important information from shopping-related emails and display them to you.

On top of that, you will always have access to the original emails from within the app itself and all emails are also forwarded to your primary email address for reference, too.

This way you’re in full control, at all times.

Ready to clean up your emails?

Don’t have a shopping-only email address yet?
Get your very own STOREE email address – available for iOS and Android.

2021-05-18T14:02:39+02:00May 17th, 2021|App, Email, Organization, Productivity, Shopping, STOREE, Tips|