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Sun and InterWorld Corporation
To Offer Retail Essentials E-Commerce Solution
February 7, 2000,
Volume 22, Issue 1

Sun and InterWorld Corporation will offer Retail Essentials, a comprehensive enterprise commerce solution for the retail industry. The Retail Essentials solution set offers dot-com and brick-and-mortar retailers a blend of software, hardware, networking, and consulting services that enable them to go to market quickly and begin maximizing the profitability of their online storefront.

Retailers today are constantly seeking technology providers that understand their unique business needs, improve their profit margins, eliminate inefficient business processes and increase customer loyalty. Sun and InterWorld offer retailers a comprehensive solution set that addresses these business concerns, including everything from quality of service, performance, and flexibility to product merchandising, personalization and customer care. In addition, Retail Essentials enables retailers to integrate and streamline their online storefront, call center, corporate and operational functions. As a result, retailers are able to maximize operational efficiency and provide integrated customer services between their online and brick-and-mortar storefronts.

About Retail Essentials

The Retail Essentials offering incorporates the best-of-breed retail solutions from the following vendors: Sun Microsystems Retail Essentials will combine Sun's SPARC architecture and the highly scalable Solaris Operating Environment with InterWorld's Commerce Exchange solution. In addition, Sun's dot-com Competency Center in Menlo Park, California, will have a real-time demonstration of Retail Essentials running for customers to experience.


Retail Essentials will incorporate InterWorld's Commerce Exchange, an Enterprise Commerce solution, featuring extensive out-of-the-box merchandising, customer care and dynamic personalization capabilities tailored to the needs of the retail industry. Commerce Exchange helps put the control of Web-based merchandising and customer service in the hands of those professionals who are responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction.

Cisco Systems, Inc., through its relationship with InterWorld, will provide e-commerce infrastructure and best practices expertise its products, services and support as part of for the Retail Essentials solution set. Cisco provides secure, scalable and reliable networking infrastructure for This will help ensure the most reliable Internet backbone for any on-line retailers whether they be a dot-com start-up or a traditional retailer moving aggressively to the Internet for the first time.

In addition to the combined strength of the products from Sun, Cisco and InterWorld, the Retail Essentials solution integrates the marketing expertise and experience of Interwoven, Active Software, and CyberSource. Interwoven's content management software, TeamSite, lets retailers control the entire development, management and deployment of a commerce site. Active Software's ActiveWorks Integration System enables retailers to integrate numerous disparate software applications and databases with InterWorld Commerce Exchange. CyberSource is a leading developer and provider of a suite of outsource mission-critical eCommerce transaction services - a critical component to servicing retail customers. All partner companies are involved in the demonstration of Retail Essentials at Sun Microsystems Dot-com Competency Center in Menlo Park, California.

"Sun Microsystems is very excited to announce this major strategy move with InterWorld, Active Software, Cybersource and Interwoven," said Doug Kaewert, Vice President of Market Development for Sun. "Sun continues to value and foster the major players in the e-commerce software market, and we are looking forward to working with InterWorld to help our joint retail customers come to market quickly and build the world's retail Web sites."

"InterWorld is thrilled to go to market with Sun and Cisco as well as Active Software, Cybersource and Interwoven in the retail market," stated Jeremy Davis, President & CEO of InterWorld. "Together, we are providing all the enterprise commerce 'essentials' needed for a retailer to deploy a truly world-class online business while minimizing risk."

"Retail e-commerce is growing at a phenomenal rate, driving customer demand for scalable, enterprise-class retail commerce Web sites," said Sue Bostrom, Vice President of Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group. "New solutions such as Retail Essentials are critical to the ability of retailers to quickly and efficiently grow their sites as demand increases."

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