1/16/07

Mercado Software Unveils Newest Searchandising Platform – Introduces New Merchandising Console that Makes Key Commerce...

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

Mercado 4.0 Brings Metrics Driven Merchandising to the Merchant’s Desktop, Automating the Integration of Analytics, Inventory Data, and Customer Reviews into Merchandising Strategies

PLEASANTON, CA, January 16, 2007 – Mercado Software, the leading provider of eCommerce search and merchandising solutions, today launched Mercado 4.0 – a solution that represents a new generation of intelligent eCommerce. Combining the best site search & navigation technologies, with sophisticated merchandising and actionable reporting, Mercado 4 provides eCommerce merchandising managers with the knowledge, tools, and control that they need to immediately obtain maximum return on their online retail site.

“In order to maximize profits, eCommerce businesses need a merchandising strategy and tools that integrate the disparate data that reflect their reality – metrics like conversion rates, customer reviews, inventory levels, and product freshness,” said Corey Leibow, president and CEO of Mercado Software. “Mercado 4.0 is very significant for our industry because it not only connects the dots between various meaningful eCommerce metrics, but also allows merchandisers to immediately act on this data and deploy the merchandising mix that is right for them.”

Like having a trusted eCommerce advisor sitting by your side, Mercado 4.0 consolidates 10 years of eCommerce expertise into its Merchandising Console and workflow design. Mercado 4.0 increases conversion rates and online revenue using best of breed search and navigation results, SEO/SEM integrated dynamic landing pages, and industry-leading merchandising rules driven by metrics, absolute values, and artful merchandising.

By automating those merchandising tasks that are inherently metrics-driven, and facilitating and validating merchandising decision-making, Mercado 4.0 frees up valuable time – allowing the merchandising, product, or marketing manager to focus on more strategic and revenue-generating activities.

“The online channel is becoming increasingly important to our overall business, so the execution of intelligent merchandising strategies is critical,” says Ben Viscon, Online Merchandising Manager at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). “Mercado 4.0 exposes Metrics-Driven Merchandising in an easy-to-use Merchandising Console that will allow our non-technical merchandising staff to make sound merchandising decisions – and act on them quickly.”

The intuitive new Merchandising Console puts the power in the hands of business users. For example, merchandising managers can confidently deploy auto-ranking formulas that self optimize product ranking according to dynamic metrics such as inventory levels, conversion rates, and product freshness. Mercado 4.0 automates the process of aggregating and analyzing data and affecting changes to eCommerce site behavior, saving time and ensuring information is acted on according to a company’s formulas and merchandising campaigns.

“Mercado has revolutionized how customers find products on our eCommerce sites – and how we merchandise for optimal sales. The integration of powerful tools, such as web analytics, enables us to do a lot with limited resources. It also allows us to take the guesswork out of executing our online initiatives,” say Brian Beck, CEO of Broadspan Commerce, which operates www.directlyhome.com. “By allowing our marketing staff to view and automatically leverage our business metrics through a single merchandising interface, Mercado 4.0 will allow us to easily validate and automate our merchandising strategies.”

By using integrated metrics from back-end ERP systems, web analytics data gleaned from Coremetrics, Fireclick, and Omniture, and customer reviews and ranking information from vendors like Bazaarvoice and PowerReviews – Mercado 4.0 enables business users to understand the holistic “search to sell” view of site activity, enabling them to take nimble actions on traditionally read-only information. By testing, measuring, and deploying the most effective campaigns and merchandising strategies, merchandising managers can achieve higher conversion rates, revenues and profits.

“Mercado continues to raise the bar with its latest release – making what I already considered the most advanced merchandising interface even better,” said Susan Aldrich, analyst and Senior Vice President at the Patricia Seybold Group. “Mercado 4.0’s Merchandising Console brings a completely innovative approach to site search and merchandising by allowing retailers to easily act on – and have their site immediately reflect – the metrics that are important to them.”

About Mercado Software
Mercado is the leading e-commerce search & merchandising solution specialist for multi-channel retail and B2B organizations. By enabling a superior buying experience and equipping business managers with a powerful platform on which to execute merchandising strategies, online businesses can aggressively grow revenue and foster customer loyalty. Sears Holdings Corp., Guess?, Inc., Williams-Sonoma Inc., OfficeMax, Macy`s, ShopNBC, Delightful Deliveries, and Organize.com are some of the companies benefiting from Mercado’s solutions. For more information about Mercado Software, please visit www.mercado.com or call (888) 376-1400.

CONTACT:
Mark Shapiro
Davis-Marrin Communications
858-573-0736
cell 619-249-7742
mshapiro@davismarrin.com

Topics:

Electronic commerce, Enterprise resource planning, Merchandising, Technology, web analytics

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