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SAP to acquire Crossgate

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New York City — SAP announced it will acquire business-to-business (B2B) integration provider Crossgate, Munich. A leading provider of hosted B2B integration services, Crossgate enables companies to fully integrate and network with trading partners, clients and suppliers, allowing electronic data exchange with any business partner regardless of their technical capability.

As a result of the acquisition, SAP will enable networking at the enterprise level, providing an easy way for trading partners to collaborate, share data and automate processes that link customers and suppliers for streamlined B2B e-commerce.

"Companies live in an evolving global network of customers and partners, and technology from Crossgate allows them to interact in new ways at the enterprise level the same way that social networking has transformed the way people interact as individuals," said Peter Maier, general manager, head of line of business solutions, SAP AG. "By acquiring Crossgate’s highly differentiated solution, we help our customers extend their end-to-end business processes running on SAP to their customers and partners. As a result, thousands of SAP customers will join the network to exchange information easier, execute transactions faster and collaborate better."

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Alliance Data signs new agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corp.

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Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp., a provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, announced it has signed a new long-term agreement to provide private label and co-branded credit-card services for Marathon Petroleum Corp., Findlay, Ohio.

Under the agreement, Alliance Data will provide MPC with private label and co-branded credit-card services, including account acquisition and activation; receivables funding; card authorization; credit-card issuance; statement generation; remittance processing; customer service functions; and marketing services.

Through its suite of credit and marketing tools, Alliance Data will provide MPC private label and co-brand account-holders with benefits designed to support repeat purchases and engender customer loyalty, such as discounts on fuel at its more than 5,100 Marathon-branded stations. Co-brand cardholders may earn additional rewards based on purchases made on the card outside Marathon brand locations.

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Aeropostale adds international online shipping

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New York City — Aeropostale has launched international shipping, and consumers in more than 90 countries worldwide can now purchase directly from Aeropostale.com, The site’s international expansion is being powered by FiftyOne Global Ecommerce.

Aeropostale.com as it enables global commerce and further expands our customer reach," said Thomas P. Johnson, CEO at Aeropostale. "Aeropostale is truly a global brand with successful stores in U.S., Canada, and the Middle East as well as a loyal Facebook fan base with over 5 million fans around the globe."

Online consumers can now shop Aeropostale in their preferred currency, with guaranteed landed costs and cost-effective international shipping and handling services through Aeropostale’s partnership with FiftyOne Global Ecommerce.

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