Ames, Iowa - Global Reach Internet Productions, one of the largest and most respected web design firms in Iowa, received the 2004 Product of the Year award for its eGlobalStores' e-commerce platform at the Software and Information Technology of Iowa (SITI) awards gala, held March 23, 2005 in West Des Moines.
The award is given annually to a product that delivers both high value to businesses and demonstrates a "high level of technical innovation and sustained ability to survive in the marketplace." Additionally, it must also exhibit "significant user performance improvement, ease of use, compelling ROI metrics for organizations purchasing the product, seamless integration, open interface, … a migration path for future enhancement … [and] must demonstrate strong market acceptance with a sizable market need."
eGlobalStores is a comprehensive, user-friendly e-commerce application that allows anyone from an entry-level merchant, to a sophisticated enterprise manager, to develop or extend their business online. It includes an exhaustive list of features including; a customizable online product catalog, cross merchandising and promotional tools, reporting and real-time inventory controls, built-in support for popular accounting packages, client relationship management (CRM) tools, real time credit card transactions, and more.
"eGlobalStores is unique to the marketplace," remarked Iacovos Zachariades, President and CEO. "There is finally a product that gives powerful online selling tools to small and medium-sized businesses at an affordable price. To be honored at this level is a thrill."
This marks the second SITI award for Global Reach in as many years. Last year, the company received Technology Company of the Year honors. This award also comes one month after receiving a silver ADDY in the Interactive Media category for a system built for Paragon International, a Nevada, Iowa-based concession equipment manufacturer. The Paragon system utilized the eGlobalStores platform.