SIDEBAR: From the Oct. 2008 Review
of Point of Sale Systems
Are you ready to build a web store but find yourself growing tired rifling
through expensive options, complicated programs and custom programming gurus
that make your head spin and your budget go through the roof?
Take a deep breath, and then take a look at PDG Software Inc. Providing shopping
cart and web store software since 1997, PDG currently boasts more than 10,000
installations of their product in the past 10 years.
PDG Software currently offers two editions of its web store program. PDG Shopping
Cart is excellent for smaller web stores that currently offer fewer than 1,000
items for sale. And there’s no need to change ISPs (Internet Service Providers)
as PDG Shopping Cart will operate on your hosted website or dedicated server.
PDG Shopping Cart comes with a completely customizable storefront that easily
integrates with your existing website. You’ll also get complete integration
with shipping services such as UPS and USPS.
PDG Commerce is similar in functionality to the Shopping Cart, offering the
same basic functionality. However, it also includes advanced program features
such as online gift certificate redemption and provides retailers with the ability
to offer their customers the option to set up personal accounts for easier return
shopping. An Intuit Gold Developer, PDG Commerce also offers real-time synchronization
with QuickBooks Financial and QuickBooks POS software products, including updated
Other features of the product include the Store Builder Skins that make it even
easier to set up your store, offering templates, graphical buttons and style
sheets that can be interchanged with a single click of your mouse.
Not only for retailers, PDG Shopping Cart and Commerce can also be used in
the nonprofit sector for collecting donations. Service companies can use PDG
Shopping Cart or Commerce to collect fees, and schools and organizations can
collect event and seminar registrations online.
The best part of PDG products is the elimination of monthly licensing fees,
shopping cart fees and other miscellaneous fees that are often charged on hosted
shopping carts. There are also no setup fees. Once you purchase the software,
PDG Software offers new users a free 30-day trial of the software which includes
product installation, along with technical assistance and marketing tools. Upon
purchase, new users will also receive 90 days of free product support, with
the option to extend support after the 90-day period. These products will work
with just about any budget: PDG Shopping Cart is available for $399, and PDG
Commerce costs $999.