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GT Group Picks eMERCHANT for E-Commerce Offering

Big Picture Technologies Inc. announced that GT Group Telecom Services Corp., a Canadian telecommunications service provider, selected a private label version of eMERCHANT pro as its flagship 'e-commerce in a box' solution.

Set to be released to Group Telecom's customers by year end, the private label offering will incorporate all features and functionality of Big Picture's eMERCHANT pro, with a distinctive user interface featuring Group Telecom's corporate logo and signature style.

eMERCHANT pro offers what a small or home office business needs to develop and launch an interactive, e-commerce site quickly. The product comes with templates to create customized sites, automatic registration of domain names, 'back end' facilities for secure credit card processing and full shopping cart functionality.

Michael Anthony, Big Picture president & CEO, hailed the relationship with GT Group Telecom as "a significant first for Big Picture." He said Big Picture has primarily focused on marketing eMERCHANT pro through the retail channel in the U.S. whereas this relationship with Group Telecom opens an entirely new, royalty-based revenue stream for the product with ISPs, ASPs and other telecom services.

At a recent national news conference in Toronto, Group Telecom outlined its plans to expand to key markets across Canada. Now operational in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, it will offer services in Edmonton, Victoria and Montreal by March 2000.