Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Stone Edge Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Stone Edge Technologies, Inc., Plymouth Meeeting, PA, has announced a month-long celebration for the tenth anniversary of the Stone Edge Order Manager. The company is also celebrating a ten percent increase in sales in 2009 over the previous year. To mark both events, Stone Edge is offering a ten percent discount on sales of its popular order management system.

The first copy of the Stone Edge Order Manager was sold on February 16, 2000. In the years since then, the Order Manager has grown from a simple system for importing orders and printing invoices and packing slips into a complete system for managing small-to-medium eCommerce and general retail businesses.

In ten years, Stone Edge has sold the Order Manager to more than 2,500 merchants, making it one of the best-selling order management systems on the market today. "Most of our users are still small companies that ship 10 to 500 orders per day," said Barney Stone, founder and president of Stone Edge Technologies, Inc. "But as we have grown over the years, so have many of our clients, and in 2009 we had eleven users in the Internet Retailer Top 500, with some of them shipping four to five thousand orders per day."

Pricing is $6,000 for the Enterprise Version of the Stone Edge Order Manager. "That makes us an incredibly economical alternative for growing businesses," he said.

From its start, Stone Edge’s strategy has been to offer "big-company features" at prices that small companies can afford. By sticking with traditional desktop-based software, they have avoided the per-transaction and revenue sharing charges that often make Web-based systems substantially more expensive. The use of open source code for the program and industry standard Microsoft Access and SQL Server for data storage also allow for customization that is usually not practical with Web-based "software as a service" systems.

Stone Edge also continued its steady growth in 2009. "Even with the slow economy, we were able to increase our sales by ten percent over 2008," said Stone. "And we’ve heard from many of our users that they also experienced strong growth in sales and revenues in 2009." He attributes much of that success to the nimbleness of small businesses, which are often able to react faster to changing market conditions. "They’ve told us that the Order Manager made a big difference by helping them keep labor costs down."

As noted above, to celebrate both of the "ten" milestones, Stone Edge is offering ten percent discounts on all versions of its order management software, including the Order Manager Standard, Plus POS, and Enterprise versions, and on upgrades to the Enterprise Version. The discounts will be available throughout the month of February.

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