CoreMedia Partners with Zobrist Inc. to Enable Innovative, Content-Based Commerce Experiences

2016 IBM Beacon Finalists Unite to Offer Customers Next Generation e-Commerce Solutions That Seamlessly Blend Content, Rich Media, and Merchandising Expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, 2016 — CoreMedia, a leading digital experience (DX) company, today announced its partnership with Zobrist Consulting Group Inc., the foremost services provider dedicated to delivering innovative commerce experiences. Together, the two firms will offer enterprise-class commerce solutions and services to IBM WebSphere Commerce customers in all market segments that leverage their unique strengths in content management, digital asset management, merchandising, and consulting.

Their joint offering will combine CoreMedia LiveContext, which allows IBM customers to augment their existing web stores with rich media and engaging content, with Zobrist’s cloud-based Smart Merchandiser platform and deep e-Commerce delivery expertise that ranges from UX to analytics to inventory management, and more.

“Shoppers expect more than just cookie-cutter e-Commerce sites. They expect rich, relevant experiences that combine inspirational, entertaining, and informative content. Partnering with CoreMedia helps us deliver the content-rich experiences expected by today’s increasing savvy online shoppers,” said Teresa Zobrist, CEO of Zobrist Consulting Group Inc. “Our experience with fully integrated e-Commerce stores combined with CoreMedia’s advanced content and digital asset management capabilities will help our combined customers build unique shopping experiences that outshine their competitors.”

Delivering powerful content-driven e-Commerce experiences is not an easy task and requires the skillful integration of multiple teams and systems. However, when implemented intelligently, companies can experience quick results while building scalable and innovative solutions that will drive increased revenue and enhanced customer loyalty for years to come. As IBM Premier Business Partners, both Zobrist and CoreMedia understand the challenges faced by e-Commerce teams and can deliver exceptional solutions and services to support any IBM WebSphere deployment.

“Zobrist is a natural fit for CoreMedia and will allow us to deliver deep and comprehensive e-Commerce solutions to a wider range of customers,” said Doug Heise, Global Director of Product Marketing at CoreMedia. “By combining our offerings and leveraging our joint expertise with IBM Commerce technology, we can provide customers with a set of flexible and affordable solutions that address the full range of experiential e-Commerce requirements. And we can do it in a way that allows customers to act quickly, without disrupting their current operations.”

IBM customers who select Zobrist and CoreMedia as their e-Commerce partners can feel confident that they are working with recognized industry leaders. Both companies were named IBM Beacon Award finalists last week with Zobrist recognized for "Outstanding Service on Bluemix" and CoreMedia honored for its “Outstanding Commerce Solution.”

CoreMedia LiveContext was selected as an IBM Beacon Award finalist for it ability to provide seamless and real-time integration with existing IBM product catalogs, pricing systems and front-end modules. CoreMedia LiveContext provides unsurpassed capabilities for enhanced digital experience management to any B2B or B2C customer using IBM WebSphere Commerce. Customers can build upon their existing investments without sacrificing years of effort or putting current operations at risk.

Zobrist was recognized for its innovative Smart Merchandiser SaaS solution, which offers e-retailers an affordable and powerful online platform to help them increase sales revenue and improve their merchandising teams’ productivity. The SaaS tool combines visual assets such as digital catalog layouts and product thumbnails with in-depth web and social analytics and inventory insight to revolutionize the e-Commerce merchandising process.

To celebrate its partnership and introduce its joint capabilities, CoreMedia and Zobrist will be hosting a reception next week during the eTail West 2016 show in Palm Desert, California. Below are the details on the event and how to register:

Where: eTail West 2016, JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm PT

What: A fun evening of good food, free drinks, and networking. Chat with CoreMedia and Zobrist team members about bringing your online store to life with dynamic content and rich media - without disrupting your current operations.

CoreMedia and Zobrist Consulting, two industry-leading IBM WebSphere Commerce partners, will be on hand to share insights on how you can shift your store from boring to engaging, setting you free to focus on delivering great customer experiences.

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About Zobrist

As one of IBM’s Premier Business Partners, Zobrist has spent the last 15 years working with leading retailers to deliver innovative e-Commerce experiences. Drawing off that experience, our senior team of e-Commerce architects have worked tirelessly to offer our latest and most exciting offering yet, IBM® Commerce on Cloud Enhanced. This new platform offers prebuilt special features and 3rd party integrations into the most comprehensive commerce cloud offering on the market. In addition, our platform includes our exclusive online merchandising tool, Smart Merchandiser, which has been proven to boost conversion rates by up to 20%.