So how does the Internet come in handy? It's perfect for doing research before you hit the road so you know exactly what you want and where to get it.
Check out this infographic by Milo.com, a startup that checks the inventory of real world stores to tell you whether products are in stock or not. We focus on e-commerce because it's so big and still growing, so it's easy to forget that e-commerce is actually a very very small part of commerce.
The Couture Catalog site was developed using #Drupal, an open source content management system. It took me about 2.5 weeks to complete the first phase. To fully appreciate the site, click through the "options" page or visit the "home page". Each option, Cover Pages, Vendor Pages, etc, has a different jquery display method which makes the site visually appealing as well as stimulating.
The second phase will start soon and involve a lot of user interaction and possible e-comm.
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