UK: Computer Associates teams up with pioneering wine e-tailer, ItsWine.com
Sean Larner, CA's Senior Vice President and General Manager for Europe, commented: "We find it invaluable to work really closely with a few key companies during the early stages of CA's re-positioning as the number one company for eBusiness software and expertise.
ItsWine.com is an ideal strategic company for our comprehensive suite of web business software and the company is rapidly moving to a situation where we supply all its software. From site design, development, integration with back-office systems and through to hosting, CA's technology will be the backbone of ItsWine.com's IT strategy. We selected ItsWine.com because it is an exciting, well-established company the UK's first Internet-only wine e-tailer with a strong, highly experienced management team. The company is re-defining the way that wine is bought with its highly innovative approach and is well on its way to becoming a major global company. Our software and expertise will enable the company to continue to be at the pioneering edge of improving service and sales to customers."
Edward Mills, Founder and Managing Director of ItsWine.com, added: "This is the ideal, synergetic agreement between two dynamic companies to accelerate the development of web technology and services. Total customer satisfaction is paramount to the success of our business and having a strategic alliance with CA working alongside us will ensure that ItsWine.com has one of the most sophisticated, interesting and robust sites on the Web. One that people will really enjoy using and in which they will have complete confidence to place orders for wine over the web: as our aim is to completely change the wine buying pattern of the public from in-stores to on-the-Web. This deal means that we have the highest quality, solid technology firmly in place to support the business, freeing us up to focus on our plans to expand into Europe later this year and the US and Asia in 2001 without any of the distractions caused by technology glitches that can really harm growing Internet companies."
Initial software products that CA is supplying include the eTrust suite of products, which provide, among other things security and anti-virus protection, MasterIT and Jasmine ii an award winning, pure object oriented database environment. Jasmine ii will form the heart of ItsWine.com's stock, order and customer databases with sophisticated interlinking between them to share information and automatically ensure that stock is dynamically re-ordered to meet changes in ordering patterns. ItsWine.com will also be using Neugents, artificial intelligence software that tracks and predicts buying patterns, and so provides opportunities for improved service through tailored customer offers.
ItsWine.com's current, award-winning site (Internet Monthly's Best Buy in July 2000 edition) is one of the UK's top wine websites and has been enjoying a 100% growth in orders month on month since the beginning of this year. Not only does the company sell wine directly from its own website at http:\\www.ItsWine.com but it also provides wine purchasing sites for clubs and organisations, such as the one that is now being set up for CA's UK staff and will be rolled out to staff around the world. Over the past few months, ItsWine.com has announced the appointment of several, highly experienced directors to its Board to form a highly experienced management team and includes Esme Johnstone, who was the co-founder and Managing Director of Majestic Wine Warehouses for eight years, as its Chairman.
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ItsWine.com Limited is the UK's first Internet-only wine retailer, having started on the web in August 1998. ItsWine.com's prices for wines start at £2.99 per bottle and customers can make their own selections of wines to fill six or twelve bottle cases. Single bottles are available from ItsWine.com's popular gift selection, which are delivered with a personal message of up to 50 words. All major credit cards are accepted and the company operates a secure site for payment over the web or card details can be provided over the phone if customers prefer. Delivery costs at only £2.95 a case offer the best value on the Web and it takes two days or less between order and delivery.
For further details on ItsWine.com, please check out the company's website at www.ItsWine.com or phone +44 (0)1296 682600. ItsWine.com Limited is located at 11 Upper Wingbury Courtyard, Wingrave, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP22 4LW, UK.
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