SOURCE: Stone Edge Technologies, Inc.

May 22, 2007 09:00 ET

New Stone Edge Partnership With Shipwire.com Offers Unique, Affordable E-Commerce Solutions for Small Businesses

BLUE BELL, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2007 -- Stone Edge Technologies, Inc. has announced a unique partnership with Shipwire.com that will make it easier than ever for small business merchants who use the Stone Edge Order Manager, Version Five, to streamline their operations.

The Stone Edge Order Manager, which began seven years ago as a simple program for importing orders and printing invoices and packing slips, has grown into a comprehensive tool for e-commerce business management. Today it is used by nearly 2,000 merchants to automate and streamline operations. Order Manager's Version Five includes a new POS system that acts as a virtual cash register for merchants who sell to walk-in customers. This system pulls products from the same inventory that the Order Manager uses for Web and phone sales, and with some shopping cart systems can also automatically update the quantity-on-hand in Web stores when POS sales are made. The system works with a wide range of POS hardware, including touch screens and pole displays, and supports store credits, layaway and "card present" credit card transactions. It is included in the Order Manager's "Plus POS" and Enterprise versions.

Shipwire.com, a fulfillment service for small businesses, is an easy way for merchants to quickly outsource the entire process of receiving, warehousing and shipping merchandise. It offers quick set-up and "hands-off" administration, enabling someone without training to configure an account and have it fully operational in less than 15 minutes. Afterwards, it is simply a matter of sending merchandise in bulk to Shipwire.com, customers shopping on the merchant's Website, and Shipwire.com packing and shipping each order.

Now, as part of this new partnership, merchants can instantly benefit from all the shipping capabilities of Stone Edge and Shipwire.com, reducing the time spent managing inventory and fulfilling customer orders, and spending more time on sales, marketing and expanding the business.

"Most merchants are strapped for time, and experience ups and downs when it comes to expanding their business and reducing costs," said Damon Schechter, CEO of Shipwire.com, and author of the best-seller "Delivering the Goods." "Now that the Stone Edge Order Manager works seamlessly with Shipwire.com, a small business can easily and quickly add a new sales channel to their business, such as eBay auctions, and arrange to have inventory sent directly to Shipwire warehouses and on to customers."

In addition to automatically sending fulfillment orders to Shipwire.com, the new version of the Order Manager can import shipment tracking data for emails and customer lookups, and can automatically synchronize inventory information.

Matthew Kearney, CEO, ALK Marketing, Inc., said the Stone Edge/Shipwire partnership has allowed him to help his client, ewatchbox.com, focus more on expanding their business. "We use both Stone Edge and Shipwire.com together to help us process orders. This has allowed us to streamline the order management and fulfillment process without hiring additional staff," said Mr. Kearney. "Using the two companies together is extremely easy, as all the integration is already done and ready… we just simply had to change a few settings and we were ready to go."

Kearney added that if he were to use another fulfillment company, there would likely be significant set-up costs to get everything integrated. "By using Stone Edge and Shipwire.com together, we have saved ewatchbox.com both time and money."

Other new features in Stone Edge's Order Manager Version Five include support for more shopping cart systems, including 3DCart, Modular Merchant, eBay ProStores and PDG Cart, and additional credit card gateways, including CyberSource, LinkPoint and QuickBooks Merchant Services. There is also an enhanced RMA system for managing returns and exchanges, and numerous improvements in the "Manual Orders" screen where phone, fax and mail orders are entered.

Order Manager Version Five is currently available from www.stoneedge.com. Prices begin at $1,500 for the Standard Version, including five workstation licenses and extended support.

About Stone Edge Technologies, Inc.

Stone Edge Technologies is a privately owned developer of affordable e-commerce software for small businesses. Barney Stone, a pioneer of database software for desktop computers, founded the company in 1983. Stone Edge began shipping its flagship Order Manager in 2000. Today, nearly 2,000 web merchants utilize the Stone Edge Order Manager to help streamline their businesses. For more information, visit www.stoneedge.com

About Shipwire.com

With plans starting at $29.95 a month, Shipwire.com is aimed at small businesses that sell merchandise online. It is set apart from other offerings by its national warehouse network, simple bundled pricing, and an open developer network. Signup takes just a few clicks, and merchants can manage inventory and fulfillment online. More than 30,000 online stores already have Shipwire technology built into their operations. Shipwire warehouses are located in Los Angeles and Chicago. Shipwire.com can be contacted at 1-888-SHIPWIRE or www.shipwire.com.

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