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EBay, Invaluable launch online live auction partnership

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – EBay and Invaluable are launching a partnership to offer traditional live auctions through real-time online bidding at auction houses around the world. Invaluable’s software solutions, including their online live bidding technology, will allow its partner auction houses to bring more than $4 billion of inventory onto the global eBay platform.

In the coming months, eBay will launch a destination that is especially tailored for customers who are looking for premium art and collectibles. Auction catalogs will be uploaded to Invaluable’s live bidding platforms, including Invaluable.com and AuctionZip.com, and promoted through EBay. The new experience will offer special events and the ability for shoppers to participate in traditional live auctions through real-time online bidding.

“Invaluable works with many of the premier brick-and-mortar auction houses around the globe, and they were the natural partner for us to work with to bring live auctions back to the EBay platform,” said Gene Cook, general manager of emerging verticals for EBay Marketplaces. “We’re excited to bring Invaluable’s incredible selection of unique, high-end artwork, antiques and collectibles to EBay’s global community.”

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Staples Europe adds merchandising exec

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Thomas Nowak, senior VP merchandising for European e-commerce site Bol.com, will join the Staples team as senior VP of merchandising, Staples Europe, effective Aug. 1. Nowak will report to president of Staples Europe John Wilson, and will be a member of the European leadership team.

“As part of our strategic transformation, we are making significant investments to expand our assortment and offer our customers more products than ever before,” Wilson said. “Thomas will play an integral part in our strategy, as his background and e-commerce experience will be critical in helping take us to the next level.”

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Cole Haan selects Opterus to improve store communications and operations

BY Staff Writer

Toronto — Opterus Inc., a leading provider of cost-effective, web-based store communications and task management solutions, announced that luxury retailer Cole Haan has selected Opterus’ Store Ops-Center as its communications and task management solution.

“We operate over a hundred stores across the united states, so having access to a reliable and easy-to-use store communications portal is critical to maintaining seamless day-to-day store operations,” said Andrea Barcia, manager, retail communications, Cole Haan. “We chose Opterus because they truly understand the needs of a specialty retailer. The Opterus team has provided us with world-class service and support as we prepare to implement the solution, and we look forward to expanding the functionality of our store portal as the Store Ops-Center solution adds additional capabilities.”

Opterus’ Store Ops-Center is an intuitive cloud solution designed specifically for retail to simply and effectively manage and execute store tasks and communications. The solution measures and increases operational compliance, communicates corporate policy, manages day-to-day objectives and tasks, and handles issues between corporate office and store locations. It is designed to allow for rapid implementation and strong user acceptance.

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