I ordered a couple of items from my buddy Ted at CDW yesterday, and went back today to see if my order had shipped. It had, and as usual there was the UPS tracking number. Cool. But next to it was a link with two words — View Box. A click on it brings up a photo of the box with my goodies inside!
My employer has a corporate account with CDW, and this service is part of that account. I don’t think there’s a minimum volume required to set up an account (we certainly don’t buy a lot from them), but they do offer some decent discounts on goods. I’ve seen quoted prices from Ted — our account manager — 10 percent or more off the listed price. But even then, it pays to shop around because 10 percent off the listed price is often higher than some of the other sites. Caveat Emptor.
As for the “View Box” service, I can’t think of any truly practial uses for it right off hand, but its cool factor is way up there.