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Davy Jones

Games Paradise

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The Company With over 15 years of retail experience under their belt, most would firmly consider Games Paradise — Australia’s leading board games retailer — to be a bricks and mortar company. You might then be surprised to learn that with thousands of products available and a loyal customer base, their online Magento store receives over 100,000 hits a month, and accounts for almost half of their overall sales.   Games Paradise turned to Anchor to ensure they could deliver a smooth and easy shopping experience for their customers even during the busiest times of the year.

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Booktopia

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I’ve been working with the Anchor team for over seven years and been impressed with their technical ability and understanding of just how important a website is to an online retailer – it isn’t just part of our business, it is our business. Over the years they’ve been able to accurately scale and grow out the infrastructure in a way that has really supported our business.” Steven Traurig – Director, Booktopia

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Online Retailer Conference

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Anchor is attending Australia’s #1 conference for mobile, social and internet retail, Online Retailer this Tuesday and Wednesday. We will also be doing a presentation explaining how to bring your bricks and mortar company to the online era. Check it out at 1.30pm Tuesday on the eCommerce Technology Theatre stage. If you’re a retailer, and looking to expand your online presence or simply want to meet the Anchor team, be sure to drop by to booth 3000. Hope to see you there!

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RedAnt & Michelle Bridges 12WBT.com showcase tonight at Port 80

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Anchor is currently working alongside technical agency RedAnt to build a scalable hosting environment for Michelle Bridges 12WBT, that scales to service spikes of up to 50x regular traffic volumes. To do this, Redis has been implemented. Ben Still, Director of leading Ruby on Rails development house RedAnt, will be presenting in conjunction with the Management of 12WBT on what has enabled the incredible success of Australis’s most popular weight loss website. A major part of the technical presentation will revolve around the utilisation of Redis to cope with the massive sign up spikes that occur every 12 weeks. Several Anchor representatives also will be attending tonight’s Port80 Sydney event. With already over 100 people attending, make sure you RSVP now so you don’t miss out!       

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MagentoLive prize winner!

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Congratulations to Jase Clamp from Madison Technologies who has won $1000 worth of Magento website migration and optimisation! Jase attended the MagentoLive conference last week and dropped by our booth to enter the draw. For your chance to win other cool prizes, be sure to come visit our booth at future events, such as Online Retailer.

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Archana – Anchor’s Mama-Bear

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Archana is a one-woman accounts dynamo. As the only person working full-time on accounts – with occasional assistance from Andrew and Jessica – she has a crucial role at Anchor. She earned her Masters in Professional Accounting from Central Queensland University and plans to start her CPA in the next few years. Like many working mums, Archana manages to juggle her career with spending time with her 7-year-old son. Not always easy when both she and her husband work full-time. With 3 sisters and 2 brothers, family has always been an important part of Archana’s life. She’s still very close with her sisters and travelled extensively with them while she was back in India. In 2009 Archana moved with her son and husband from her native New Delhi in India…

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Meet Sharif – the whiz kid with an answer for everything

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Sharif Olorin has a reputation around the office for 3 things: his deadpan sense of humour, his numerous tattoos and piercings, and his obsession with Russian Caravan tea. So far, the best Russian Caravan he’s found is at the Glebe markets in Sydney’s Inner-West, an area he now calls home. In many ways, Sharif is stereotypical of inner-Western Sydney. He’s young, wicked-smart and tech-savvy. He doesn’t wear a suit to work and he cares more about getting the job done than whose responsibility it is. He has a lambda – the Greek letter λ often used in mathematics and science – tattooed on his right forearm, and even uses the symbol as his signature!

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Meet Michael, (another) Linux nut!

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Michael Sampson has a reputation for being the office Linux nut. No small feat, when you consider that everyone at Anchor is a Linux nut. He works as a Systems Admin with Chris and Ryan. How did you come to be working at Anchor? “I was attending PyCon AU in Tasmania. I saw the Anchor banner next to the food table. When I got back, I checked out their company blog. I’d never worked on high-availability stacks or a lot of the other technologies mentioned and I thought that would be fairly interesting. So I applied for a job. I’ve been here since January. What did you do before working at Anchor? I spent the last 7 years working in an IT position in the education sector in Armidale. I’m from Tamworth…

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iPad mini winner!

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Congratulations to Evan Tanuhardja from Hybris. Evan has won an iPad mini just by visiting our booth at the e-Commerce Show which was held in Melbourne last week. Anchor will also be attending Online Retailer in August. Be sure to drop by our booth for your chance to win other cool prizes!

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eCommerce Melbourne – WIN an iPad mini!

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Anchor’s Keiran Holloway, Jessica Field and Phillip Pace are heading down to Melbourne to attend the eCommerce Show. The event is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday and Thursday. Our booth is no 6006. If you’re in the area, come down to say hi – and enter the draw to win an iPad mini! We hope to see you there.

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