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Nationwide, AYR1 Ink Web Development Pact

8/25/2009 09:20:02 AM Eastern

Winston-Salem, N.C. - Nationwide Marketing Group said it has signed an agreement with AYR1.com to develop the group's Web sites.

AYR1.com, a retail Web solution provider, showcased their two Web site platforms exclusively to Nationwide members alongside BrandsDirect.com at the group's PrimeTime! show Aug. 16-19 in Orlando, where the deal was announced.

"We are very excited about our partnership with NMG, which gives us access to a solid network of independent retailers who are looking for a stronger Web presence to compete with big-box chains," said Zak O'Connor, sales director for AYR1.com.

"[In July] we relaunched our BrandsDirect.com site, which gives members a solid entry-level Web solution," said Frank Sandtner, member services operations director for Nationwide. "However, with the addition of the Classic and Pro programs offered through AYR1.com, we now have a program for every size retailer."

AYR1.com has been building retail Web sites since 1999, and they said they have a library of 2,400 manufacturer eCatalogs.

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"Prior to our partnership, several of our members were already clients of AYR1.com, and over the past six months we have received outstanding feedback on the company's Web development and customer support services," said Sandtner.

eCatalogs allow consumers to easily research and pre-shop by product, size, color or price, eliminating the need for searching outside of a retailers' site. Additional features of AYR1.com's Web site solutions include an advanced buyer inquiry program and content-management system.

For more information on BrandsDirect.com or AYR1.com Web solutions, email Maria Ballas at mariab@nationwidegroup.org or call (800) 471-8952. For more about Nationwide visit www.nationwidemarketinggroup.org or call (336) 722-4681.

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