Apparently The Gap, along with subsidiaries such as Old Navy, shut down their online stores for two weeks to launch a much-improved ecommerce solution.

Their site is kind of slow right now, and I didn’t use it in the first place, so I can’t really give much of a critique of how the shopping experience improved.

…Oops, I guess they’re not selling short-sleeve casual shirts right now: “We’re sorry, but the page you are looking for is no longer available.”

…I do notice that the touted QuickLook feature doesn’t appear to be working with my Firefox 1.0.6 setup. It’s not even showing that a popup window has been blocked.

…Never mind. I think their site crashed. šŸ˜

Anyway, I find the idea interesting, because I know in my various workplaces over the years that we would have been filleted for completely shutting down the online store for two weeks. I don’t understand that development process, but they must have had one heck of a conversion process going on with the backend system.