Oddbins, the wine merchant chain, has launched an introductory Website with plans to widen its wine news and revenue content to offer online ordering and payment facilities. The site (www.oddbins. co.uk), designed by consultancy NETTEC, launches under the banner of the “Sipper Highway”.
Scoot (www.scoot.co.uk), the online site operated by Freepages, has signed an associate deal with Microsoft-backed travel services venture MSN Expedia to feature on Scoot’s product finder service. MSN Expedia UK (http://expedia.msn.co.uk) launched in November and has so far generated 200,000 registrations from customers enquiring about flights, package holidays, hotel accommodation and car hire.
The Royal Horticultural Society has launched an e-commerce site offering over 650 horticultural books and videos. The RHS plans to make its complete range of 8,000 books and videos available for online purchase within six months. Site design is by new media agency The Hub Communications Company.
Bertelsmann is to begin the roll-out of its online bookselling service with launches in Germany and France by the end of February, with localised services expected to launch in the UK and France by early spring. BOL International (www.bol.com) is also examining plans for “expanded offering of other media products” once its bookselling sites are launched.
DNA Consulting, the Web design agency, has launched a site for Zanussi tied to BBC programme Dreamhouse, hosted by Carol Vorderman. The add-on to the Zanussi site (www.zanussi.co.uk) will be promoted online through a banner ad campaign.
QXL, the UK-based online auction house, has launched a site aimed at French consumers. The site (http://france.qxl.com) plans to offer computer equipment, electrical goods, jewellery, gifts and travel products. The company also intends to extend the service to include a person-to-person auction service. A UK version of the personal auction service has generated 100,000 of sales in the first four weeks of its test operation.
Clarity, the London-based new media marketing consultancy, has been appointed by 3Com Corporation (www.3com.com) to oversee development of intranet systems aimed at supporting the company’s sales and marketing staff worldwide.
Carlton Online has appointed three new directors to its board. Sales director Phil Rooke, business development director Emma Crowe and technical director Bruce Morris join managing director Carol Dukes on the board.
Mercedes-Benz has launched an online gift store (www.bamabenz.com), designed by Intershop Communications. The online “boutique” is aimed to complement the Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center in the US, which offers gift items to promote the sales of top-end Mercedes vehicles built at its production centre in Alabama.