SOURCE: ChannelAdvisor

May 19, 2005 08:00 ET

ChannelAdvisor and Top SMB Merchants Celebrate Success of Second Annual Marathon Conference

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- ChannelAdvisor, the leading provider of channel management solutions (CMS), hosted its second Marathon conference, May 11-12, 2005, in Research Triangle Park. Marathon 2005 was devoted to small and medium-sized businesses, key online marketplaces such as eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Overstock (NASDAQ: OSTK), and shopping engines and paid-search providers including Yahoo! Search Marketing (NASDAQ: YHOO), PriceGrabber, CNet Networks (NASDAQ: CNET) and Shopzilla.

Marathon 2005 was a great success and another milestone for ChannelAdvisor and the top online businesses. Over 200 conference attendees throughout North America, Germany and Japan retreated from daily workplace demands to strategize future business needs, learn new technology, functionality and preview the latest small-business solutions, including FedEx, buySAFE and PayPal.

The conference program featured a keynote from Rock Bottom Golf on taking your business to the next level. General Sessions were held on Small Business Search Strategies, eBay and PayPal, Shipping and Fulfillment, Staffing Your Business for Growth, Multi-Channel Marketplace Trends and Overstock.com. In addition, there was a panel discussion on Shopping Engines and Strategies to Increase Traffic and Acquire New Customers. Finally, the expert roundtable discussions focused on Shopping Engines and Paid Search, Shipping and Fulfillment, International Expansion, Overstock.com, Merchandising Strategies, ChannelAdvisor Stores, Implementation, Integration and Launch, Scheduling, Non-Paying Buyer / Unpaid Items, PayPal, and Ethical Technologies. Sponsors of the Marathon conference included Overstock Auctions, buySAFE, PayPal, eBay Keywords, FedEx and CyberSource.

Feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive. One online business expressed, "We found that it was a tremendously informative and well-organized event. Talking with other clients and top eBay merchants is such a benefit as well. We came away from the conference feeling like we are well positioned to expand our online business and prepare for future growth." Another attendee shared, "The quality of the speakers, sessions and roundtable discussions were excellent. It was worth the trip."

"The Marathon conference was a great success, and we couldn't have done it without the support of all the sellers, speakers and sponsors," says Scot Wingo, CEO and President of ChannelAdvisor. "Marathon 2005 was such a success and a sold-out event, we have already begun planning next year's event."

About ChannelAdvisor Corporation

ChannelAdvisor provides technology and services that enable industry-leading companies, small businesses and individuals to use online marketplaces to acquire customers and maximize inventory yield throughout the product lifecycle. Our solutions combine best practices, innovative software applications and integration technology to dramatically accelerate marketplace performance. ChannelAdvisor's clients and strategic alliances include IBM, Best Buy, Sears, Motorola, eBay, Overstock.com, and Yahoo!. ChannelAdvisor Corporation is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with an office in London and Germany. For more information, visit http://www.channeladvisor.com/.

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