Last year was a big year for Blue Acorn. We celebrated our fifth anniversary, we doubled in size, and we broke ground on a new office. We also expanded our optimization services and created tons of new revenue for clients with conversion testing. Not to mention, we had fun while we did it.
SCOUT by Bungalow, a leading supplier of fashion and lifestyle bags, bins, insulated totes, and travel accessories has just launched its new online store, which was designed and built by their eCommerce partner, Blue Acorn, on the Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) platform. The new site produces higher functionality for both SCOUT’s B2C customers (consumers) and their B2B customers (resellers), as well as for SCOUT’s own marketing and customer service teams.
With an ever-increasing number of Inc. 500 companies, Fortune 500 companies, and IPO’s taking place here in Charleston, the city introduced to America by Fast Company as “Silicon Harbor” needs a headquarters for its tech community.
Blue Acorn has flourished in Charleston’s “knowledge-based” economy, which began to take shape just twelve years ago with the inception of the Charleston Digital Corridor, and now, the company – known throughout the world for its work in the eCommerce space – is doing its part to see that Charleston gets the kind of office space its thriving companies deserve.
This week, Inc. magazine ranked Blue Acorn No. 474 on its 32nd annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. With the highest three-year aggregate growth rate in the Inc. 500′s 32-year history and a minimum required growth rate of 918%, this year’s list was the most competitive to get into and represents quite an achievement for Blue Acorn, a bootstrapped startup that has received zero outside funding to date.
We’re honored. Seriously. Honored. We didn’t intend to make the list, but we’re proud to be here. We promise to keep it classy and spray each other with the finest champagne available (or just imagine something along those lines).
“This ranking validates the unique mission and vision on which our company was founded,” said Kevin Eichelberger, Founder and CEO of Blue Acorn. “More importantly, it celebrates the efforts and execution of the amazing team we’ve assembled.”
For more information on what we feel sets us apart, check out the full press release here.
The iFive:K is an evening race through the historic streets of Charleston, sponsored by Charleston Digital Corridor and Comcast Business Class. The race, which brings together Charleston’s knowledge-based business community for an evening of spirited competition, has seen massive growth since it began- from 250 registrants in 2007 to 800 this year.
Based in Baltimore, MD, Chesapeake Fine Food Group has been sending freshly prepared fine foods throughout the country for years through three different brands: Mackenzie Limited, Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes & More, and Impromptu Gourmet. Have you ever wanted 20 layers of raspberry chocolate crepes, but had no idea where to find such a thing? Well, if you ever have a hankering for one, you can go online to Mackenzie Limited and order one with just a few clicks. Choose next-day shipping, and you can probably have it for lunch tomorrow.
Don’t like cake for lunch? Well, Mackenzie Limited has over 350 other delicious food items, from beef wellington to smoked salmon. If your palate or party requires a larger variety of flavors, you are just one click away from Chesapeake Fine Food Group’s other brands, Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes & More and Impromptu Gourmet, which all share the same shopping cart. Don’t worry about filling out your credit card information three times because you can order items from all three stores and check out once on whichever site you like.
Brewing at home has become a more and more popular pastime for Americans during the past decade. It was only a few months ago that President Barack Obama released his personal beer recipes. The Commander in Chief’s weekend hobby is the first time in US history that alcohol had been manufactured in the White House. According to brewers who have tried his signature honey porter, the President has a real knack for the craft.
In 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established to promote mammography and educate women and men about the genetic and environmental factors that can cause breast cancer. In the 27 years since, it has grown into a powerful movement that has saved thousands upon thousands of lives. However, breast cancer still remains the most common form of cancer in women. Many people, including a few at Blue Acorn, have had their lives affected by it in some way or another. That’s why we took a moment to play a part in this movement and help raise awareness.
For forty-one years, Mori Luggage & Gifts has relied on offering quality products and positive customer experiences. People who walk into a Mori store always find themselves greeted by a warm, knowledgeable staff. Nowadays, however, not everybody has the time to visit a store. Some don’t have the good fortune to live near one. These individuals were limited to shopping Mori online and missing out on that warm, in-store experience. At least they were missing out.
This past week, Blue Acorn did something different – something a little crazy. In the interest of innovation, and for the benefit of our own imaginations, Blue Acorn took 24 hours to work on projects that had nothing to do with current needs.
Every employee was given the opportunity to pitch ideas that benefited Blue Acorn, but not in any immediate way. The entire company then voted on which projects were the best, gathered into teams, and then took 24 hours to make them a reality. The event was called Operation Delivery Day, or D-Day for short.
So what did we come up with?