Did you know that ESP Web now provides you with the ability to search using an image? The Visual Search feature enables you to search for an item by uploading an image or pasting a link to an image of a product. For the best results when using the Visual Search, use a single image of the product if possible. For example, if you are taking a picture of a product, do not have other items cluttering the background of the photo. Also, blank products are favorable to logoed products. You are also able to use the Visual Search on your mobile device via the ESP Mobile app! Click here for more information on ESP Mobile.
Search Like a Pro
Can’t find what you’re looking for in ESP? Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you find exactly what you need in a snap:
Tip #1: Narrow it down. When searching for a pen, there are so many varieties: pens with caps, click action pens, gel, stylus, fountain — you get the idea. In ESP’s Product Advanced Search area, you can select from a general Writing Instruments category which will help to manage your search results. Start typing in the Category box. For a pen that has gel ink, start typing “gel” in the category box. A partial match search will display all categories containing “gel”. The category of Pens-Ballpoint-Gel Ink will be displayed. By selecting this category, you can use keywords for additional details, such as a cap. If the pen you are looking for does not fit into a specific category, use Pens-General. In some cases, you may not be certain of what category to use, or the product could reasonably fit into multiple categories. A stylus pen, for example, could be in the category of PDA/PALM Accessories or Computer Accessories. The more straightforward way to search for this item would be to use the exact phrase in the Product Advanced Search area. Just type “stylus pen” in the Exact Phrase box and then hit Search.
Tip#2: Try alternate terms or synonyms. Another great tactic when searching is to try synonyms in the keywords box. For example, the Staples Easy button is a trademarked product. However, by searching “sound button” or “round noise button,” you may be able to find similar items. As another example, when searching for a drink holder, add more details about the type of beverage: It is for a bottle or a can? Do you want neoprene or foam? It is not necessary to be overly specific, but adding some general descriptive words can help you focus on the type of product you need. Cell phone accessories, such as portable charging banks, are also known as power banks and can be found by using the following search terms: power bank charger, portable charger or portable power charger.
Tip #3: Be aware of similar items. Sometimes, items can be similar, such as a padfolio and a portfolio. A padfolio is generally lighter in weight and made for a pad and papers. Portfolios tend to be more suited for multiple office supplies, as well as contain handles, folder accordions or zipper closures. When searching, make sure to use the correct term to ensure your results are as accurate as possible.