Software News tagged "Acquisitions"

Liquidity Services, Inc., the company behind surplus stock marketplace Liquidation.com, is to acquire GovDeals, Inc for approximately $10 million in cash.

GovDeals.com is an online auction marketplace for the sale of surplus and confiscated items for local and state government entities including city, county and state agencies as well as school boards and public utilities. GovDeals.com has 1,400 sellers and thousands of buyers.

Auction management company inkFrog has acquired online store builder service BuyItSellIt.com.

BuyItSellIt.com is a free service with optional paid upgrades. Features include support for Google Checkout and Paypal, product feeds to Google Base, unlimited products and categories, and extensive support for page customization.

InkFrog acquired troubled competitor SpareDollar in March 2006.

eBay has acquired ViA-Online GmbH, a leading auction management software company in Germany that operates Afterbuy.com.

The acquisition enables eBay to expand service and support for its German sellers, while allowing Afterbuy to grow its business with the e-commerce expertise and resources of eBay. Afterbuy will continue to operate under its current brand name and will remain in Krefeld, Germany.

eBay does not have a recent history of acquiring auction management software companies, instead it has focused on its third-party developer program and in-house tools. Acquisitions have been in peripheral software companies such as Skype and ProStores.

One blogger has speculated that the Afterbuy.com acquisition signals a new eBay strategy to earn more revenue per transaction by owning the listing and auction management process.

ChannelAdvisor has acquired number-one rival Marketworks. The two companies have competed fiercely to offer the best solution for businesses selling on eBay and elsewhere.

"Acquiring Marketworks solidifies our leadership position and reinforces our commitment to the marketplace segment," says Scot Wingo, Chief Executive Officer of ChannelAdvisor. "We will continue to evaluate other opportunities in this and other e-commerce channel segments as they arise."

"Marketworks is excited to join forces with ChannelAdvisor," says Doug Hadaway, Chief Executive Officer of Marketworks. "This partnership will lead to great things for both company's customers and partners."

Following this acquisition ChannelAdvisor will have:

  • 5,500 customers on a global basis
  • $2,500,000,000 in annualized GMV (Gross Merchandise Value)
  • Operating offices in North Carolina, Seattle and Atlanta (USA), Bacharach and Berlin (Germany), London (England), and Melbourne, Australia

ChannelAdvisor say they will continue to support and invest in Marketworks' customers and products.

Auction management company Vendio Services has integrated the services of Andale - which it acquired in November 2006 - into Vendio.com. The unified Web site was announced on the opening day of eBay Live! in Boston.

Andale no longer exists, with all links to Andale.com redirecting to equivalent pages on Vendio.com. Most of the old Andale services have been retained, including Research and Sales Analyzer - which broaden Vendio offerings beyond their core auction management service.

The company's newest solution, Vendio Complete, combines all of Vendio’s most popular sales automation and merchandising services into a single, unified offering. Complete enables sellers to reach more buyers, increase sell-through, build brand loyalty, simplify inventory management, and gain valuable insight into business performance.

HammerTap, the company behind the eBay market analysis tool of the same name (formerly DeepAnalysis), have acquired Auction Trust Network - the developers of Reconnect, a browser plug-in for searching and comparing items from sellers on eBay, Yahoo, Overstock, and Amazon.

“This is a concept whose time has come,” says HammerTap spokesperson Jen Cano. “HammerTap has long provided eBay sellers with the power to make educated selling decisions. With Reconnect we will place the same power into the buyers’ hands, while simultaneously helping them connect with trusted eBay sellers.”

Auctiva Corporation, the company best known for its free auction management tool, has acquired auction traffic analysis company Sellathon, Inc.. No official press release has been issued but the acquisition has been confirmed in the Sellathon forum.

Auction management company Vendio has purchased the remaining assets of Andale following their acquisition of a majority interest earlier this year. Vendio have advised their customers that they "should expect no changes or disruption to the services... and there are no foreseeable changes in the near future as we enter the holiday shopping season."

Vendio now has over 75,000 active customers selling in excess of $1 billion in annual gross merchandise value through its platform. Vendio plans to use its increased development capacity to expand product scope and address additional market opportunities.

ChannelAdvisor has announced support for Germany's new eBay Express. The first eBay express was launched on the US site earlier this year and aims to make shopping easier for new eBay buyers.

ChannelAdvisor has relaunched their AuktionMaster auction management tool with a German language only web site. ChannelAdvisor acquired AuktionMaster in March last year, along with another German eBay Certified Developer, SpeedSell.

Auction management solutions company Vendio Services has acquired, for an undisclosed cash sum, a significant controlling interest in Andale. Vendio has been vague about their plans for Andale. Rodrigo Sales, CEO of Vendio, said "From economies of scale and category and geographic expansion to new services and technologies, this deal will result in a host of lucrative new opportunities for both companies and the customers they serve.”

Andale has released Slide Show Gallery, an enhancement to the Andale Gallery cross-selling tool. The new animated gallery scrolls photos of currently-available items across the seller’s auction or store listing on eBay.

Window and Mac auction management tool MarketBlast has been acquired by Acclivity from owners 4D. MarketBlast broke the mould for auction management tools when it was launched a year ago, by charging a one-off $99 fee for a sophisticated tool that uses the eBay API.

Acclivity is the exclusive US republisher of the MYOB small business accounting and management software line for Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Low-cost auction management service SpareDollar has been acquired by rival inkFrog. The new owners plan to release a new site in the next few weeks, and all existing inkFrog and SpareDollar will be moved over to the new service. Pricing and the name of the new site has not yet been announced.

Consignment selling software developer AuctionWagon Inc. has been acquired by Net2Auction, Inc., a chain of auction drop-off stores. AuctionWagon management will remain in place and continue providing its services and software solutions.

Auction management solution provider ChannelAdvisor announced today the acquisition of German eBay Certified Developers AuktionMaster and SpeedSell. AuktionMaster’s product, AuktionMaster.NET, provides a comprehensive service to large-volume sellers while SpeedSell offers basic listing and checkout functionality to smaller sellers.

Truition, a provider of hosted e-commerce solutions for online sellers, announced that it has acquired German software provider AGETO. AGETO develops and markets sales channel automation software for the eBay marketplace, mainly servicing enterprise-level German retailers.

Germany is the largest eBay marketplace outside the United States.

HammerTap, publisher of a range of eBay-related software, has been acquired by Bright Builders, Inc., a 50+ employee Utah-based provider of ecommerce software and services.

Also announced: Version 2.0 of HammerTap's flagship analysis tool, DeepAnalysis, will incorporate data from eBay's official completed auction data licensing program.

AuctionHelper announced today that AuctionMagnet sellers will immediately begin using the AuctionHelper web site. More information

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