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
"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
"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.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
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.
ABOUT MERCANTEC, INC.
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.
ABOUT BEST INTERNET
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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