AUSTIN, TEXAS – June 9, 2008 - Digby, a leading mobile commerce service provider, announced today the availability of Powered by Digby, a mobile commerce software platform that gives retailers the ability to deliver a superior mobile shopping experience to their customers. Powered by Digby uses the same proven infrastructure that powers the Digby Marketplace, an award-winning consumer service that allows smartphone users to effortlessly buy products from an array of leading merchants. Retailers utilizing Powered by Digby will enable their customers to purchase products anytime, anywhere, thus capturing additional sales and increasing customer affinity.
Godiva Chocolatier and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. (NASDAQ: FLWS), recognized national brands, have both signed contracts to launch branded mobile storefronts using Powered by Digby. Godiva Mobile launched on April 30, 2008 and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM mobile storefront will launch later this summer. These mobile storefronts utilize the retailer’s brand identity and deliver a streamlined shopping and checkout process to mobile users with smartphones. Powered by Digby also provides mobile-browser access which allows the retailer to reach any customer with access to the mobile internet. The combination of a rich application for smartphone users with broader access for mobile-browsers is unique to Powered by Digby and maximizes the return on the retailer’s investments by delivering their mobile storefront to virtually all connected handheld devices.
"1-800-FLOWERS.COM has always been an innovator in making shopping easy – whether it is online, via phone or now, on your mobile device," said Jim McCann, CEO and founder for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. "Our 1-800-FLOWERS.COM mobile store Powered by Digby continues this tradition and provides our customers with new ways to purchase. The convenience of shopping on your mobile phone will make gift giving simple and fun."
"Powered by Digby is the first comprehensive mobile commerce platform designed to enable a high quality mobile experience for retailers of all sizes," said Dave Sikora, CEO of Digby. "Mobile is emerging as a critical element of a successful multi-channel sales strategy, and Powered by Digby allows retailers to easily integrate mobility into their sales initiatives and deliver a transformative user experience. Our ability to understand the needs of retailers comes from our experience with the Digby Marketplace and truly sets Digby apart in this rapidly emerging segment."
Retailers using Powered by Digby gain access to mobile commerce technology and expertise, as Digby creates, produces and manages the branded mobile stores on-behalf of the retailer. The retailer investment is minimal but they gain significant benefits, including:
"At Godiva Chocolatier, we created our private Godiva Mobile storefront using Powered by Digby to give our customers a convenient and simple shopping experience for ordering the perfect last minute gift of chocolates, truffles and gift-baskets," said Kimberly Land, vice president of the Direct-to-Consumer division of Godiva Chocolatier. "Powered by Digby made the process of implementing Godiva Mobile virtually effortless."
Branded mobile stores consist of a device-resident application that includes the retailer’s best selling products and can integrate with other applications on a smartphone, including the address book and mapping applications. The result is a transformative user experience that allows consumers to purchase products by simply scrolling and clicking.
The branded mobile stores include the following customer-inspired features:
Mobile-browser access to the catalog is also available, ensuring that any customer with access to the mobile internet can use the mobile storefront. Both the on-device application and the mobile-browser connect to a hosted Mobile Commerce Platform that includes:
li>A Merchandising Console for managing product presentations and promotions.
Powered by Digby is available immediately for BlackBerry smartphones, Windows Mobile smartphones and mobile-browsers. iPhone and Andriod are expected to be available during the last half of 2008. Pricing is based on a set-up fee and annual sales commitment and starts at $7,500.
About Godiva Chocolatier
With production facilities in Belgium and the U.S., Godiva Chocolatier is recognized around the world as the leader in fine chocolates. From its famous truffles and shell-molded chocolate pieces to its European-style biscuits, gourmet coffees, and hot cocoa, Godiva Chocolatier has been dedicated to excellence and innovation in the Belgian tradition for 80 years.
To download Godiva Mobile, go to www.godiva.com/mobile from the browser on your BlackBerry smartphone.
About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is the world’s leading florist and a provider of specialty gifts for all occasions. For more than 30 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has been providing customers with fresh flowers and the finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections and plush stuffed animals perfect for every occasion. 1-800-FLOWERS® (1-800-356-9377 or www.1800flowers.com), named one of the top 50 online retailers by Internet Retailer and the recipient of ICMI’s 2006 Global Call Center of the Year Award, offers the best of both worlds: exquisite, florist-designed arrangements individually created by some of the nation’s top floral artists and hand-delivered the same day, and spectacular flowers shipped overnight from our "Fresh From Our Growers®" collection. As always, 100% satisfaction and freshness are guaranteed.
The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. collection of brands also includes Gourmet Gifts such as popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory® (1-800-541-2676 or www.thepopcornfactory.com); exceptional cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl&Co.® (1-800-443-8124 or www.cherylandco.com); premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May® confections brands (www.fanniemay.com and www.harrylondon.com); gourmet foods from Greatfood.com® (www.greatfood.com); wine gifts from Ambrosia® (www.ambrosia.com); gift baskets from 1-800-BASKETS.COM® (www.1800baskets.com) as well as Home Décor from Plow & Hearth® (1-800-627-1712 or www.plowandhearth.com), Problem Solvers® (www.problemsolvers.com), Wind & Weather® (www.windandweather.com), and Children’s Gifts from HearthSong® (www.hearthsong.com) and Magic Cabin® (www.magiccabin.com); and the BloomNet® international floral wire service, which provides quality products and diverse services to a select network of florists. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under ticker symbol FLWS.
Digby is the premier mobile commerce service and software platform provider whose goal is to radically improve the mobile purchasing experience for consumers around the world. Their flagship service, Digby Marketplace, combines rich content from name brand retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Godiva Chocolatier, and FTD.com, with an intuitive shopping process that is optimized for mobile devices such as the BlackBerry. Led by software industry veterans, the privately held company is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For additional information, please visit www.digby.com.
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