Cross-border ecommerce specialist Pentagon has opened new offices in Japan and Thailand, and plans to open another in the Middle East, reports Tamebay.
Pentagon CEO Laurence Guy announced the company's international expansion at ecommerce conference Retail Without Borders on Thursday this week.
Pentagon can now act as the "merchant of record" for sellers who want to start selling in Japan, and their office in Thailand helps support retailers targeting South East Asia.
Pentagon also plans to to open an office in the Middle East towards the end of the first half of 2017.
UK marketplace management outsourcing company Pentagon has acquired the managed services division of French provider Sonuts.
The deal will see Pentagon extend its offering to 16 additional European marketplaces including Priceminister, Cdiscount, FNAC, La Redoute, Rue du Commerce and Galleries Lafayette.
Pentagon CEO Laurence Guy, said, "We have been looking to properly enter the French market for a few years, but the landscape is very different from the UK due to the volume of specialist marketplaces and the challenge of finding the right integration software. There is massive revenue potential in France but it can only be unlocked with skill and local knowledge. Not only do Sonuts offer that knowledge, but they have a very credible track record managing stores for French brands and retailers, they have integrated to all the marketplaces and most importantly, they share our passion for service."
Sonuts has operated marketplace stores for over fifty leading French brands and retailers, including Groupe SEB and Accor Hotels. The company will retain the Sonuts brand and operate as a design agency.
Francois-Xavier Morre, Sonuts' co-founder, said, "Pentagon has a very strong service proposition supported by over 100 marketplace experts at their Centre of Excellence in Bulgaria. French Marketplaces offer an incredible opportunity for brands and retailers but the work that underpins their successful exploitation requires skilled manpower. We have the local knowledge but Pentagon has the scalability in this space to provide the solution that the market demands."
Source: We Are Pentagon
Laurence Guy, CEO of Pentagon, commented: "We are very pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Neteven. Cross Border Trade is a big focus for us this year, and working together with Neteven will allow us to reach even further into Europe, as their software integrates with many more marketplaces and many more territories than competitive products of the same quality."
Greg Zemor, CEO of Neteven, added: "Pentagon and Neteven strategies are closely aligned. We both understand that technology to master the marketplaces is important but that human service to help enterprises outsource part or their entire distribution project is very valuable. We are proud that Pentagon chose us among other solutions and we are looking forward to manage hundred of clients in a near future."
Ecommerce software provider ChannelAdvisor is hosting an online seminar on the "Benefits of Outsourcing E-Commerce Management".
Chris Johnson, vice president of Pegasus Lighting, will share his experience increasing online sales by 27 percent year-over-year with the help of e-commerce experts. "We had reached our limit managing our PPC campaigns in-house, and ChannelAdvisor's Managed Services team jumped in and turned around our search campaigns almost instantly," said Johnson. "I would highly recommend that retailers research outsourcing their management efforts because doing so can generate results unreachable without expert resources."
The session will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. More information and registration.
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