Tuesday September 28, 1:40 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
New Online Gift Certificate Superstore Puts Shopping Centers on the Internet
BIRMINGHAM, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 1999--Now shopping
centers can reach their customers any time of the day or night with
the launch of www.i-gift.com -- the only online gift store to
specialize in shopping center gift certificates.
``Other gift certificate e-tailers offer retail and restaurant
gift certificates,'' said Richard Stiennon, president of i-gift.com,
``but i-gift.com is the only website to specialize in shopping center
gift certificates -- the gift that gives the recipient his or her
choice from literally hundreds of stores.''
Stiennon added that more than 20 shopping centers throughout
North America already have signed up with i-gift's online gift
certificate program, with many more still to come.
``We expect our list of participating retailers to more than
triple as the crucial holiday buying season approaches,'' he said.
Current i-gift.com retail partners include the Somerset Collection,
Troy, Mich.; the upscale Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, Fla.; Easton Town
Center in Columbus, Ohio; and Chicago-based Landau & Heyman, whose
14 properties are clustered mostly in the Midwest.
Customers can visit a shopping center's own website or
www.i-gift.com to order customized gift certificates and have them
sent directly to the recipient as soon as the next business day,
making i-gift a great way to boost last-minute sales. The i-gift
program provides shopping centers with a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week
gift certificate solution that includes website or web link design,
order and fulfillment tracking, and advertising and marketing.
``Both i-gift.com and shopping center websites supported by the
i-gift program include customer-pleasing features like a personal
address book, free membership so customers needn't enter the same
information over and over again, a sophisticated search engine to find
a shopping center near recipients, and a personal calendar with
automatic email reminder service,'' Stiennon noted.
``The i-gift engine
is driven by a suite of cutting-edge i-commerce technology: Linux,
Java, Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) from Sybase, and the Zope web
publishing server from Digital Creations.
Stiennon said that i-gift.com selected Sybase's ASE software to
power not only its consumer website, but also its corporate extranet
and its own internal customer-service and fulfillment operations.
``Sybase has a long and successful history in enterprise software
development and its ASE product is rock-solid, stable and robust --
qualities that are essential to a growing Internet company,'' Stiennon
``In searching for a superior infrastructure solution, we found
that Sybase offered the most cost-effective database for our Linux
Founded by former Detroit Pistons basketball star Isiah Thomas,
i-gift.com is an Internet solutions company specializing in online
In addition to www.i-gift.com, the company's
online gift certificate superstore, i-gift.com co-brands its powerful
gift certificate engine for its shopping center partners and provides
customized gift certificate portals for corporate customers.
Sara Conley, 248/723-8456
Larry Weis, 248/647-8621