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Jena, February 3, 2011 –– From additional sales channels to intuitive order processes, rich Internet applications (RIAs) are transforming e-commerce for consumers and providers alike by enabling the creation of experience-oriented online shopping, customizable information portals, and optimized management applications. A wide range of functionality is available under the RIA umbrella, including Web-based applications (Ajax), player-based functionality (Flash, Flex, and Silverlight), and client-oriented functions (AIR and Java). RIAs offer customizable user environments, combine different data sources into a single work environment or information environment, and streamline complex interactions and transactions.
Intershop customers can already integrate all functions and data, such as catalogs, searches, shopping carts, and profile/order information, into RIAs and thus deliver engaging product presentation, individual filters, dynamic product sorting, and new, attractive user interfaces. The modern shopping experience also calls for simple, intuitive functionality, such as the ability to order an item directly from the product page (single page checkout). Integration into social networks is also easier because the relevant applications use Web service interfaces and are fully embedded in the processes of the online store.
Store managers are also leveraging the opportunities offered by RIAs to create additional sales channels with minimum effort, e.g., mobile channels via iPhone or Android smart phone. In their latest survey of e-commerce platforms, industry analysts at Forrester noted the ability of Enfinity Suite to seamlessly integrate RIAs. Intershop users are thus ideally equipped to reach future customers via new devices and communication channels, TV, video game consoles, or tablet PCs.
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.