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Anchor Distributors created Connection+ to help stores like yours provide improved customer experiences in-store and online! You'll gain access to new tools to help you understand your business and ultimately make decisions to help you grow and serve.
Supported POS Systems:
- Bookstore Manager
- More Will Be Integrated With In the Future
*Not Seeing Your POS? You will be able to upload a pricing excel file so that your online store prices match your in-store prices
Frequently Asked Questions
We have answered many questions to help you understand the Connection+ Platform. See if your question is answered below.
Connection Plus FAQs
- Register for Connection + at www.shoptheword.com/connection-plus-onboarding
- On-board your website to the connection+ platform
- Connection+ will handle Homepage Updates, Email Marketing
- Your customers place orders on your new site
- Connection+ will handle all customer service, order management, and fulfillment of the order
- Customer receives the package with your branding
- Connection+ will provide you a monthly credit from sales on your site
- Register on at shoptheword.com/connection-plus
- After you register and are approved for a Connection+ Site, we will send you the official on boarding forms. This approval process usually takes 4-5 business days
- Questions email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connection+ is 100% free, with no monthly maintenance or hosting fees
After submitting your application, an onboarding email will be sent to you. Once all necessary information is submitted, your site should be operational within 2 weeks.
If you do not already own a domain / url, then yes you will need to purchase one. We recommend purchasing your domain from Godaddy.com. Here is a link to their guide: https://www.godaddy.com/garage/how-to-buy-a-domain-name/
- Each month, your credits are totaled from your orders and will be available on the dashboard
- Credits must be claimed within one year or they will expire
- Credits can be claimed by navigating to the Manage Site tab after being logged into your site as admin, in dashboard feature. The menu list on left side will show "Claim Credits" and it will provide you details of prior and pending credits available
POS system are not required for participation, but if you have a POS System that we currently integrate with, then we can sync your stock and in-store pricing with your E-commerce website.
Currently, you can add “in store” products, but these cannot be purchased online
Yes! Once your site is created, you can navigate to "Manage Store" and click "Create In-Store Event". From there you can add a title for the event, a description and date & time of the event.
Yes! In your store admin, you can click "Add Catalog" and upload a PDF of your catalog and your customer's will be able to view that.
View our Webinar
If you are new to Connection+ and want to learn more about how we are helping local bookstores like you, please view our webinar session below:
Email Us With Questionsconnection@anchordistributors.com
Connection+ Improves the Way You Do Business
Brick and Mortar retail is an essential part of your business and ours! Connection+ adds the features highlighted below to support your brick and mortar sales, and add opportunities for additional streams of revenue online.
Instant Access to Over 30,000+ Titles
Your online store will have unlimited shelf space, so you'll never be restricted to what you'll be able to offer.
When you sign up, we'll build and maintain your custom website showcasing your selected titles and providing your customers access to so much more!
Kickback Emails After Purchase
Customers will be emailed after their purchase, along with tracking information when the order ships.
Insights and analytics to help you understand what customers are looking for and how to serve better. Start making data-driven decisions to grow your business!
Connection+ Offers All of This and So Much More!
Once you have appied and been approved, we will reach out to obtain specific website information that we need and we will set up a go-live date for your website.