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First Data, iMall, IBM Team to Offer E-Commerce Solutions

Melville, NY-based First Data Merchant Services Corp. and IBM said they plan to deliver a suite of e-commerce services to enable small and medium businesses to build online storefronts, complete with online payment solutions, within a matter of hours.

IBM HomePage Creator for e-business, a Web authoring, maintenance and hosting service, will be incorporated with components of the First Data and iMALL Inc. joint e-commerce offering to provide the key elements required for merchants to begin selling products and services over the Internet.

"This innovative offering will provide small and medium businesses access to the services they need to establish a merchant account, to take online credit card orders over the Internet in a security-rich environment, and help drive traffic to their Web sites," said Sanjaya Addanki, vice president, hosted business application services, IBM Global Services.

Financial arrangements among the companies were not disclosed.

New HomePage Creator customers will have access to First Data and iMALL's e-commerce features including a virtual cash register, shopping cart, sales tax calculation, shipping coordination, merchant account via an Internet application, online credit card transaction processing, an integrated payments gateway, and the iMALL shopping portals Stuff.com and imall.com to help drive traffic to their stores.

"Our combined technologies, leveraged by IBM's brand strength and marketing channels, provide a compelling proposition for merchants," said John Duncan, executive vice president at First Data Merchant Services.

"Customers of HomePage Creator are exactly the market we are targeting--small to midsize merchants," said Richard Rosenblatt, chairman and chief executive officer of iMALL.