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Candor finalises e-catalogue project

Candor.com is in the last stage of its e-catalogue project. After extensive market testing and application development, the software application now enters the implementation stage.

"E-catalogue will level the e-commerce playing field," says Candor MD Wido Schnabel. "It transfers catalogue content control from the Web designer/developer to the end user with an intuitive and user-friendly update and editing module. Anyone who knows how to use a mouse and keyboard can list their full suite of products professionally on the web. All this with excellent migratory components."

These 'migratory components' include a shopping basket, business-to-business (B2B) ordering module with password protected access as well as linked pricing and full business to consumer/customer commerce (B2C).

The Web-centric application is driven by a database that allows users to design their own catalogue directory. Under the specific category, users can insert product pictures, specifications, price and additional information which is posted to the Web page real-time.

Similar to its e-Property offering, e-Catalogue's central SQL database is designed to populate thousands of Web sites with their own domains, posting the data in a standard format according to each individual site's navigation structure and look and feel.

Dietmar Frey, Candor.com's Chairman says, "empowering business to take control of not only their website but their database as well was the key motivating factor when we started development two years ago. With the advent of the Internet, narrowing the time-to-market frame has become critical and business cannot depend or even afford lengthy turnaround times currently being experienced from their Internet service/solution providers."

Features include an imaging optimising module, which first uploads any image from a scanner, digital camera or a rendering on the PC, then asks the user to select picture orientation (0, 90, 180, 270). After orientation is selected the user has the option to select the best brightness/contrast and then the central server automatically compresses the image to approximately 10 kilobytes for optimal web downloading and viewing. Another additional feature is the Specials module where certain products can be selected for a special on a specific date with discounted prices. The end user simply selects the products and the time frame and the server automatically post the information to a specials page.

Candor.com are currently looking to subsidise 3 companies with a vast product range as part of their quality testing and implementation phase. Schnabel concludes, "because e-Catalogue will form the foundations for B2B and B2C commerce, it's imperative that we have working solutions with our future partners."

E-Property catalogue solution launched
  Candor.com has launched www.e-property.co.za, a full Internet database-driven property catalogue listing solution. Based on the company's Application Service Provider (ASP) business model, E-Property is claimed to empower estate agents to take control of their Internet presence and more importantly to manipulate their own database easily in real time.

Armed with a digital camera or scanner and an Internet connection, estate agents can have their own Web site, domain (co.za) and a secure database solution from as little as R5 000.

According to Wido Schnabel, Candor.com's MD, E-Property was developed for the retail, commercial, industrial and rental property markets. With access via a password-protected administration module, estate agents can add, edit or delete a listing whenever they choose.

With 4 pictures per listing (for interior shots, exterior shots or renderings) estate agents can enter a user-friendly Web-interface which caters for descriptions such as selling price, special features, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage/s and provisions for any additional information.

"The most profound advantage is that anyone familiar with a mouse and keyboard can easily manipulate the listings themselves and time-to-market is rapidly diminished, guaranteeing the most up-to-date dissemination of information to a prospective client base."

Schnabel confirms that the central SQL database is designed to populate thousands of Web sites with their own domains, posting the data in a standard format according to each individual site's navigation structure and look and feel.

Greg Walton of Rattle Property group, one of the first adopters of E-Property, says, "E-Property not only answered all our Internet needs but it has become an invaluable business tool.


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