Slice: How to Track and Organize Everything You Buy Online
A record number of consumers are turning to the Internet more often for purchases, yet tracking and organizing what you buy online can be tricky. We’ve got a solution. But hold onto that thought for a minute.
Back to shopping habits–the numbers don’t lie. ComScore reports Q2 ecommerce purchases reached $43 billion and averaged about $242 dollars per buyer—an increase over last year of 15% and 10%, respectively. And while we’re talking numbers, don’t forget the trillions expected to be transacted over mobile in the next 10 years. The Web has changed the way we shop and buy things—and that dramatic shift requires a new crop of tools that allow online shoppers to track their transactions and other pertinent ecommerce-related information.
Enter Slice, a free mobile app I’ve been using for about nine months now. Slice is available on both the iPhone and Android. Simply put, the app organizes everything you buy online. To get started, create an account by signing up with your purchasing email address (the one you have to give an online vendor in order to finalize the purchase). Once you have an account, Slice works its magic, updating the status of your open orders and automatically tracking them until they reach their destination. Sound cool? I really enjoy it. Check out this short video, then look after the jump for my favorite features of Slice.
One of my favorite features is the price adjustment notification. Say you purchase something, and while en route the price drops on that item. Slice notifies you that one of your items might qualify for a price adjustment. This feature is not only real-time—it works, too. A shirt I purchased qualified for a price adjustment and within no time at all (without me doing anything), I had $15.96 refunded to my credit card. Cha-ching!
Tracking shipments is a fairly robust product offering, too. You can manually add a shipment if you’d like to track a personal package, which we think is another pretty awesome feature. For instance, say you sent your cousin in California a birthday present. You can share that shipment with them and you can both follow along, tracking the package’s journey until it’s delivered.
In a completely geeky way, I find the purchase history interface to be the perhaps the most useful part of Slice. All your purchases can be filtered, even those you made years ago. This allows you to view items by purchase date, type, total cost, etc. Let’s say you bought something you really enjoyed – you can later share it with a friend (a lot like Amazon’s share functionality).
And lastly, a huge win for consumers is that Slice securely stores receipts so you never again have to worry about losing one or accidently throwing it away. What do you think? Have we convinced you to try Slice yet? If you’re using it, or decide to, we’d love to hear what you think.
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