Reviewed Jan. 5, 4 p.m., Explorer 5.0
The bright blue home page of the New Chef site immediately wakes up The Cybercritic. This site is a winner, at least in terms of design and navigation. The home page has the current date and time listed as well as information and images that change when you point the mouse to the various selections. The home page also includes a listing for live customer service, a mailing list sign-up, and links to company press releases, specials, and job listings.
Despite the name, New Chef isn’t for chefs only. Product categories include Front of the House, which sells uniforms for front-desk staff, maids, and the like; and Wait Staff, apparel for servers. At the top of each product page banners flash with merchandise specials. And a search engine allows me to look for items by product type, style number, or keyword.
Even if my browser could support a secure connection (it has on many other sites), I would still need to set up an account before placing an order. To try to become an authorized shopper, I click on the link provided. It takes me back to the home page, and I have to start all over again! So much for online shopping being easier and less time-consuming.
|Ease of ordering||1|
|Overall ease of use||4|