Online shopping is in vogue (has been for quite sometime actually). In the west, especially in the United States, online shopping has matured to such an extent that you see a bevy of shopping apps around the industry. If you are a couch consumer, you will appreciate the need to manage your shopping across the multitude of online shopping merchants. After all, it’s not all eBay and Amazon out there.
Thanks to a new beta website called Slice you can document, manage, and track all your shopping sprees across the ether. Slice brings all your merchant notifications (receipts, alerts, shipping notifications, order confirmations etc.) to one place, thus saving you the hassle of rummaging inside your email accounts. From planning to purchase and follow-up Slice is your virtual shopping assistant.
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Slice follows a simple three step process to manage all your online shopping.
1. Slice links all your email accounts (for now: one Yahoo! Mail account and one Gmail account) so that it can capture and process all your shopping related emails. Essentials like receipts are stored and are searchable on Slice. You have one-touch access to customer service numbers and return information of each online merchant.
2. Slice tracks all online purchases using the notifications sent by online retailers. You can also track all your shipments on a U.S. map and get real time updates from the shipping company.
3. Slice organizes all your purchases by date, purchase status, and merchant account. Slice also watches out for price drops and alerts you in time. The organizational and tracking features of Slice are a great help when it comes to daily deals from sites like Groupon & LivingSocial.
A Slice of Security
Slice monitors your purchases from the first click, across transit, to delivery. It is not a shopping portal in itself. Yes, you are giving it access to your Gmail or Yahoo account but Slice pulls in the information from the merchant account emails – it does not modify your account in any way. Also, the email log-in happens via a secure protocol (oauth.net) that’s used by Gmail and Yahoo themselves. Slice does not store any of your email passwords. (All this information is in accordance with what they claim on their site)
Slice supports order and shipping confirmation emails from over a thousand online merchants. More are being added. You will also find all the shipping biggies like UPS, USPS, and FedEx here along with the superstores.
If you look at it, shopping in the physical world is usually a disorganized activity with lost receipts and unbalanced account books. But in the online world, it’s important to keep track of receipts and shipments…not to mention those last minute deals. That’s where a service like Slice really helps the habitual shopper bring a little system into his (or her) life.