Business Model Disruption – how Tesla Beats Google on Auto Pilot

This example shows how a company with less resources can still innovate on business model and beat a much bigger company. By using customer as gathering point, it seems like driverless car software wars will be won by manufactures that:

  • build and sell a lot of cars with hardware already built-in and turned on
  • are very good at software

Tesla already out with 70,000 cars, and with Model 3 will basically cover the world geography / roads at faster rate than anybody else. Next potential is Volvo, and I think their Chinese owner if properly partnered will also win out.

http://m.autoevolution.com/tesla-gathers-more-autopilot-miles-in-a-day-than-google-has-in-its-whole-program-107841.html

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Inventory cost model change for multi-warehouse

We have made a change to "inventory cost" for multi-warehouse.

All multi-warehouse that are not tied to external systems, will be treated as "avg cost". As a result, when you upload quantity to these warehouses, you must provide the "Unit Cost" column. If you don't,

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Clean energy and opportunities in new products

Palo Alto, where Teapplix corporate office is located, is a very progressive city on environmental concerns and clean energy. The electricity supply in the city by next year will be 50% solar, with a majority of the rest by hydro, achieving truly zero carbon emissions.

Now the remaining focus of the city in reducing carbon emissions is in two areas, gasoline used by cars and natural gas burned in homes.

We already have a good solution for cars. The Tesla revolution and the benefits it brings are clearly demonstrated in Palo Alto: every battery powered car in the city is powered by at least 50% solar, more if you installed private panels. Even the rest of the energy used to charge the batteries will be carbon neutral by next year.

What's next beyond that, is what brings us the next wave of product ideas and eCommerce opportunities. Not many people are yet aware, that http://paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/05/20/a-push-toward-solar-power-a-retreat-from-natural-gas">natural gas is now considered "dirty energy". That is progress, and opportunity.

The author of this article has a Weber gas grill, a full gas range, and a gas furnace. All of that are now subject to "Tesla style" disruption in the next 10 years. There could be quite a few Maker Fair type of projects out of this, even venture based startups. How about a full electric powered, exhaust air filtered replacement to the Weber genesis grill as a start?

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Bill 3rd Party FedEx & UPS Accounts from Shipping Profile

We have enhanced our system to allow you to add bill 3rd party FedEx / UPS accounts to your shipping profile. Sometimes a marketplace will require you to ship using accounts provided by them as "bill 3rd party" account. Now Teapplix allows you to preset such account into Teapplix and anytime you print using such profile, it will be automatically bill 3rd party.

Details of the setting is here:

FedEx: http://www.teapplix.com/help/?page_id=5414

UPS: http://www.teapplix.com/help/?page_id=5412

Other Profile Enhancements
If you use our Chinapost ePacket Service, you an also link multiple ePacket accounts based on shipping profiles.

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Support for multiple USPS providers: Endicia, Stamps

We have made a change such that a single Teapplix account can support multiple Endicia and Stamps.com account at the same time.

Such accounts are tied to shipping profiles. You can have one shipping profile using Endicia account 1, second using Endicia account 2, and the 3rd one using Stamps.com. Teapplix support any such combinations.

By default, your current USPS Provider settings are used for all your profiles. However, you can customize a profile to use another USPS provider. You can do that in Setup => USPS page.

Setup => USPS
This page replaces the previous Setup => Endicia and Setup => Stamps. If you have shipping profile, you will notice each shipping profile can either use the global setting, or can have a separate setting.

Express1
If you use Express1 discount postage, this is a global account that will be used for all shipping profiles.

Scan Forms
Currently scan forms for all shipping profiles are generated at the same time into a single PDF document.

Migration From DaZzle to PDF
As you know Teapplix is planning to phase out support for Endicia DaZzle, and move everybody to using Endicia Label Server where labels are generated natively in Teapplix. The above multiple USPS account feature allows our customers using DaZzle integration to have a migration path to print some orders using Endicia label server without completely stop using DaZzle. To achieve this:

  1. turn on multiple shipping profile "Setup => Shipping Profile". create a second shipping profile
  2. Go to Setup => USPS, on second shipping profile, choose to enter another Endicia account. Enter your Endicia account number and passphrase
  3. Go to Setup => Shipping, turn "Express1" as your Discount USPS provider if you don't have one, then go to Setup => Express1 and create an Express1 account. This will give you discounted USPS priority mail shipping rates
  4. Now anytime you print using the second shipping profile, it will use Endicia PDF rather than use DaZzle
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The Incredibly Simple Tesla Model 3 Reservation Page

If you are an e-commerce seller, you should take a look at the Tesla Model 3 reservation page and benchmark it against your own site checkout page.

We have captured a screen shot below:

tesla

It literally has no delay when you enter your credit card and push the reserve button. In addition, it seems that they have really worked to simplify what they ask you to complete process:

  • You don't have to check a check box to "I agree to terms", it is simply a line above the "Reserve" button
  • There is no page to display "cart details", simply, the original button to enter the page shows "Reserve for 1000", and here on the page you can change quantity from 1 to 2 and the price changes next to the quantity.
  • Country and State is auto detected
  • Only the expiration date shows an inline format prompt. You just enter the date based on the format, on many devices it seems to be easier to do than drop down selections or worse, calendar widgets.
  • It seems to adopt "label line above entry box" design

I am sure everybody in ecommerce can check the design and maybe learn a thing or two from it. We certainly did.

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Support for Amazon Japan

Teapplix now supports Amazon Japan. It works for both order sync and inventory sync, just like any other Amazon country.

So now the supported country are:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico (through an integrated account
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Itlay
  • Spain
  • Japan

If you are interested in selling on Amazon Japan, but don't know where to start, Amazon Japan has kindly shared the following informational link:

http://services.amazon.co.jp/services/out-of-country/en/selling-on-amazon.html

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QuickBooks Desktop REST API Deprecation has no impact on Teapplix

You may have heard or gotten email announcement from Intuit, that starting March 1st, 2016, Intuit will discontinue support for the QuickBooks Desktop REST API.

This change does not affect Teapplix and our QuickBooks Integration products. Teapplix utilizes "QuickBooks Desktop SDK and the QuickBooks Web Connector". This will continue to be supported as per Intuit.

To integrate Teapplix with your Desktop QuickBooks (Windows version, Pro Premier and Enterprise, Point of Sale), install Web Connector from this link.

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Teapplix QuickBooks Integration now support Invoices

We have enhanced our QuickBooks integration to be able to export orders as "Invoices". So now the total choices are:

  • Sales Receipt
  • Daily Summary Sales Receipt -- all orders from one channel grouped into a single Sales Receipt
  • Invoice
  • Sales Order
  • Daily Summary Sales Order -- all orders from one channel grouped into a single Sales Order

*Note that Sales Order option requires QuickBooks Premier or above.

This new Invoice option is planned to be made available for QuickBooks Online in the next couple of weeks.

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UPC based method to quickly enter quantity

Teapplix has just released enhancements to our enter quantity screen, to allow you to quickly scan in UPC codes and enter quantity.

Traditionally when you enter quantity, you have to enter or scan in SKU barcode, and fill the quantity column. Some products, however, do not have SKU barcodes. Instead, they have UPC barcode.

We have enhanced our enter quantity screens, such that you have the choice of scanning either the SKU barcode or UPC barcode, either one will lookup and bring up the proper product. All you need to do then is to type in the quantity and your system will be updated.

This affects people using "Teapplix as inventory master" mode. For customers using QuickBooks as inventory master, you enter quantity in QuickBooks and are limited by whatever features that QuickBooks support.

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