Excite Offers Tools for Small Businesses

Looking to expand its offerings to small businesses, [email protected] Corp. Thursday debuted its E-Business Services group, which was created as a result of the company’s recent iMALL Inc. acquisition.

The flagship feature of the new services is the Excite StoreBuilder utility, found within the Excite portal. StoreBuilder is a joint venture between [email protected] (ATHM), First Data Merchant Services (FDC) and Old Kent Merchant Services.

StoreBuilder is made to allow merchants to design their own store with a suite of templates and graphics customized to specific industries. Each store is built on top of a database that can be updated to support seasonal pricing and promotions or order status in real time. Merchants can obtain a merchant account and access to the integrated payment gateway, along with an electronic shopping cart and cash register. The service also includes a secure transaction and order management system to manage credit card orders, track the status of funds or monitor store traffic.

To help promote the newly created storefronts, Excite automatically registers new storefronts with
www.excitestores.com on the Excite portal as well as a variety of well-known industry sites.

“The Excite StoreBuilder provides merchants with the leading fully integrated e-commerce solution,” said Richard Rosenblatt, senior vice-president, [email protected] E-Business Services. “The [email protected] Network will be an important vehicle for the deployment of our advanced e-commerce
solutions and further expansion of our distribution partners and strategy.”

The overall E-Business Services is a new organization formed through the
acquisition of iMALL, which [email protected] acquired in July for approximately $425 million.
It focuses on bringing e-commerce services and leading transaction solutions
to online businesses. The group will leverage its existing services and
technologies, including flexible store building tools, hosting products,
and payment gateway solutions to work with merchants and bring them quickly
online, the company said.

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