Paper Receipts? Digital Receipts? It’s All Good.

Here at Shoeboxed we have become quite passionate about receipts. We think they are awesome. In fact, we are quite sure the man who invented them is severely under-appreciated, whoever he was.

Receipts are the diary of the lazy. If you won’t tell a story, your receipts will do it for you. Your receipt of Bed Bath & Beyond a week before your first year in college says you were excited and anxious and completely delusional about the size of your dorm room. Your receipt for a new wardrobe says you were ready to take on the big city and look good while doing it. Your receipt for a tub of Chunky Monkey ice cream, two bottles of hair color, and bubble bath salts remind you of a particularly bad break-up.

Because we know receipts are more than just pieces of paper that litter the streets  (which reminds us, please recycle), Shoeboxed is happy to introduce our paper Receipt Uploader. Now all receipts, paper and digital, big and small, can be treated as equals.

Your e-mail receipts will come to Shoeboxed in exactly the same way. Nothing has changed about the old way Shoeboxed worked. Just give online stores your “” e-mail address whenever you buy something online or sign up for a mailing list. Receipts and e-mails will come directly to your Shoeboxed account.

But now all those receipts lying around your home and stuffing your purse can now join the party, too. Just scan in or take a digital picture of your receipts. Then use the Receipt Uploader to put them directly onto the list you already have going on your My Receipts page.

We don’t think there’s a better way to get your purchase history in one place. It’s never been easier, and there are lots of new features coming along in the near future that we think are pretty awesome, so keep an eye out!

Spiffy Shoeboxed Laptops

I’ll be honest, I’m not the most enthusiastic shopper. I don’t like going to the mall. Once I find a shirt I like, I will purchase one in each color and two in black to extend the time in between shopping trips.

But if there’s one thing I always fall for, it’s customized products. An iPod with my quote on the side? I’ll take it. A track suit with “Alex” printed on the derriere? Yep. A cubic zirconia mouth grill that says “Brazil”? Hello! Make it two.

This is why I had a small heart attack when the German company Dein Design gave the Shoeboxed team spiffy laptop skins with the Shoeboxed logo (you can see mine in the picture). The skins don’t just rock, they also protect your computer from scratches so it will always look like new.

Laptop skin from DeinDesign

How Dein Design actually gets the skins for laptops, iPods, or IKEA tables to apply without any bubbles is completely beyond me (something to do with the honeycomb design- yeah, no idea). How the skins can be removed without damaging my computer so I can replace them with other skins is also a mystery.

All I know is that it’s cool, individual, and available online. Which means I can buy it without setting foot in a mall and store my receipt safely at I’ll take two, please!

Shoeboxed Visits Jordan!

Group Shot

The team has just returned from an amazing four-day trip to Amman, Jordan. We took a few friends and mixed fun with business — meeting with the members of the business community that invited us to Jordan and visiting some great tourist spots. It was everyone but Mo’s first time traveling to the Middle East, and the experience was outstanding.

Mo, one of the members of Shoeboxed’s marketing and strategy team, hails from Amman, Jordan, and was able to give us an authentic tour of some of the country’s great landmarks.

After having a delicious and very filling dinner the night we arrived, we headed out the next day to several religiously and historically significant sites in the Jordan Valley. We visited what is thought to be Jesus’ baptism site at the Jordan River (about 20 feet away from the West Bank), Moses’ death place on Mount Nebo, and the mosaic Madaba Map. Needless to say, these places were amazing to see. The religious and historical importance was almost a little hard to comprehend.

The next day we went to Petra, one of the newly named man-made Wonders of the World. It is an ancient city built in to the side of rock formations, and it is absolutely stunning. We walked for a few kilometers through a passageway in the rock formations until we arrived at the entrance to the city. It was unbelievable, especially when you think about how long ago it was built. The innovation and vision it took to decide to carve a 60-foot-high building into a rock face is pretty inspiring for a young entrepreneur.

We spent the next day in Amman, soaking up the capital city’s culture and racking up some great souvenirs.

I certainly had an amazing time, but I don’t want to try to sum up everybody’s experience myself, so I got everybody to tell me what their favorite part of the trip was.

Alexandra – “Seeing Jesus’ baptism site was very cool for me as a Catholic.”
Candace – “Having my luggage not make it back to Berlin. Oh wait…”
Cory – “Riding a camel at Petra. It’s a stepping stone to the Shooter’s bull.”
Dan (me) – “There were so many cool things, but I don’t think I will ever have better hummus.”
Etienne – “Floating in the Dead Sea. I’m not a big floater, but I didn’t have a choice.”
Julian – “Seeing a herd of wild camels when we were driving back from Petra.”
Taylor – “Interviewing a camel about (watch video)”
Tee – “Chilling on the Dead Sea beach baked in mud.”
Tomas – “Being able to see places mentioned in the Bible was a really cool experience.”

Who knows where the Shoeboxed team will be next? For now, we’re back in Berlin.