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Jena/Wiesbaden, Germany - October 25, 2006 - Kiel-based Lenscare AG was recognized at this year's German Mail-Order Conference with the "2006 Online Store of the Year" award. The awards ceremony took place today, Wednesday, at the conference venue in Wiesbaden. Lenscare, Europe's biggest mail-order supplier of contact lenses and accessories, was a surprise winner, beating Weltbild.de and the prior year's winner, Otto.de.
Powered by packaged Enfinity Suite 6 software from Intershop, the Lenscare shopping platform for contact lenses, care products, and accessories particularly impressed the jury with its compelling blend of products, service, and customer information from the homepage onward. The distinguished panel also commended the smooth handling of purchases and the ability to buy products via a choice of channels. The jury praised Lenscare for proving that even small companies can achieve major online impact.
Lenscare board member Michael Jurcher: "This award means a lot to us. As a manufacturer and provider of medical products, delivering the high level of customer advice, service, and information necessary with such items is a key challenge." The new store was developed last year, going live in December 2005. "It reflects our ten years of experience in selling medical products," comments Jurcher.
Lenscare is certified across Europe as a manufacturer of medical products. As well as high-end Lenscare-branded products, the company provides items from many leading manufacturers, which can be ordered by catalog, online, or by phone. Lenscare products are also available in many pharmacies.
The company employs 55 people at its Kiel headquarters but will grow to around 70 by the start of 2008. Lenscare AG is currently experiencing the strongest sales growth in its history.
The German Mail-Order Conference in Wiesbaden is the biggest industry event in Europe for mail order, dialog marketing, and e-commerce. The jury for the "Best Online Store" category comprised Patrick Palombo (the member of the advisory board of trade journal "Der Versandhausberater" responsible for e-commerce and new media issues, Hamburg), Ossi Urchs (Internet consultant and guru from the early days of the Web, Offenbach), and Joachim Graf (publisher of IBusiness.de, Hightext-Verlag, Munich).
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.
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