Summer means spending time outdoors, so lots of people are shopping for outdoor furniture. There’s nothing quite like wicker, and it was a search for this that brought me to the Pier 1 Imports ecommerce site. I found that browsing for furniture on this site is fine, but buying it? Well, that’s another story. Take a look.
When I first arrived on the home page, I immediately noticed the large “Let’s Shop” tab on the top. Mousing over this opens a huge drop-down menu that provides different ways to shop and categories to choose from. One feature of this menu I found to be really cool was in the Category tab. As you move your mouse over the different main categories, like Dining & Entertaining or Furniture & Living, the product image at the bottom changes to match. There is also a little message at the bottom that highlights a particular offer or product line within that category. Nice touch!
Within the Furniture & Living category, I selected Papasan & Wicker. On this category page, I found another cool feature. As you mouse over a product image, a small expanded window opens that gives you a little more information about the product, which is pretty nice. However, I noticed that one of the things this window tells you is whether or not the product is in stock. As I scrolled around within this category, I found that many of these items were out of stock or unavailable online. It would be nice to be able to filter these products out… But I can’t. I would suggest Pier 1 add a sorting or filtering option so that shoppers can view only the items that are actually available for purchase online! Read More