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Best Internet Builds Electronic Commerce Product Offering with Mercantec SoftCart; SoftCart Enables Merchants to Deliver Complete, Secure Web Shopping Experience to Online Shoppers
Business Wire,  Nov 18, 1996  


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 1996--Best Internet Communications, the world's leading host of Web sites, today announced a new electronic commerce service offering based on Mercantec SoftCart from Mercantec, Inc., a leading electronic commerce solutions vendor.

SoftCart is a complete shopping environment that enables customers to utilize the Internet to purchase products and services using a variety of secure payment methods. SoftCart keeps track of all product purchases, creates invoices, calculates shipping and sales tax, and delivers completed orders directly to the Mercantec accounting system. Today's announcement broadens Best Internet's existing suite of electronic commerce solutions.

"SoftCart allows merchants, Web designers, and consultants to increase sales and take advantage of the Internet as one of the fastest growing commerce mediums available today," said Christina Kish, Director of Marketing at Best Internet. "By adding Mercantec SoftCart to our comprehensive electronic commerce product offerings, Best Internet is delivering Web hosting services to merchants looking for easy shopping cart creation, unlimited products, and automatic computation of shipping and sales tax. With the combination of SoftCart's merchant-friendly features and Best Internet's high-performance Web hosting, our customers can achieve greater sales volume within a secure, highly reliable hosting environment."

"Best Internet is a premier commercial hosting provider with the most up-to-date networking infrastructure, capable staff, and reliable service, which is essential for merchants considering electronic commerce," noted Rick McNees, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mercantec. "By adding the open architecture of SoftCart to its electronic commerce service portfolio, Best allows developers and merchants to work with any Web development tool which provides a price-competitive commerce solution. With Best Internet offering merchant solutions based on our SoftCart Web store, merchants and developers can quickly and easily take advantage of an online storefront that offers improved reliability, enhanced performance, and the ability to handle high traffic volumes."

Mercantec SoftCart is an added option to the Best Business Commerce Server which was launched September 1996. The Best Business Commerce Server offers a merchant-ready, secure solution for electronic commerce. This service provides a comprehensive, end-to-end solution to meet the growing need of merchants looking to conduct business on the Internet. It is composed of a full-featured Web hosting package including the Netscape Secure Commerce Server and the CyberCash Secure Internet Payment Service. While other ISPs may provide secure on-line transactions by supporting SSL (Secure Socket Layer), only Best Internet combines a full-featured Web hosting package with SSL-compliance and automatic, secure credit card transaction processing with CyberCash. The Best Business Commerce Server saves merchants time in recording and verifying credit card information and gives merchants extended electronic commerce functionality and full end-to-end transaction processing.


Mercantec SoftCart can be purchased directly from Best Internet for $1,074 plus an annual $179 maintenance and support fee. Best Internet offers Business Commerce Server accounts for a start-up fee of $500 and monthly fees ranging from $250 to $850.


Founded in 1995, Mercantec, Inc., is headquartered in Lisle, IL, with offices across the US Mercantec is the leading provider of open commerce solutions for Web merchants, ISPs, designers, consultants, and OEMs. For further information, contact Mercantec at 603-305-3200, or access the Mercantec Web site at http://www.mercantec.com.


Best Internet Communications, Inc., the world's leading host of Web sites, provides a comprehensive range of innovative Internet services, including merchant-ready Commerce Server hosting, basic Web FTP hosting, Internet domain name registration, and Web server co-location. The company also provides dial-up and dedicated Internet connectivity for professionals, small businesses, and large corporations. Best Internet has established strategic relationships with a number of leading companies, including Microsoft, Netscape, and CyberCash. Best Internet can be found on the Internet at http://www.best.com.

CONTACT: Best Internet Communications Inc.

Christina Kish, 415/944-8215



Dave & Bairey Communications

Peter Dave, 415/882-9905


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