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NetConsult Communications announces First Java-Powered Cybershop-in-a-Box: INTERSHOP Online Company to Offer Virtual Storefront System for 60-Day Free Trial.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 1996--NetConsult Communications Inc. today announced INTERSHOP Online -- the world's first complete, Java-enabled, database-driven, software-only solution for online shopping -- at the JavaOne Conference at the Moscone Center.

NetConsult Communications is based in Jena, Germany, and just opened its U.S. offices in Burlingame, Calif., last month.

INTERSHOP Online, a virtual "Cybershop-in-a-box" expected to ship in July free for 60 days, is a $5,000 CD-ROM software system which enables companies to quickly and easily set up distribution for their products and services on the Internet.

Catalog companies, clothing manufacturers, producers of game, music or interactive CD products, computer stores -- virtually any business with a product or service to sell -- can use INTERSHOP as its storefront on the Internet to distribute products and information.

In essence, INTERSHOP is an online distribution package which is specifically designed for businesses which desire an efficient, professional-looking online storefront, but don't want to spend a lot of time or money setting it up.

"INTERSHOP Online is the first Internet commerce package which lets businesses seamlessly integrate an online storefront with an existing business," said Stephan Schamback, chief executive officer of NetConsult Communications.

"And by incorporating Java capabilities into INTERSHOP now, we've laid the foundation to take advantage of many commerce-related Java applets and programs in the future. Merchants and vendors using INTERSHOP Online will be better served, and ultimately, and most importantly, the consumer will have a first-rate, convenient shopping experience."

INTERSHOP Online, developed in East Germany by NetConsult Communications, comes complete with a Sybase SQL database server. Included in the package are tools to bridge existing databases and accounting systems with INTERSHOP Online. This allows merchants to continue to run just one inventory control system, but add an online storefront as an additional distribution channel.

INTERSHOP can also run independently of other accounting and database systems because it features a complete, self-contained inventory control system as well. This system tracks stock balances and requests, sends product stocking orders, and produces customer invoices for orders placed.

Another significant component of INTERSHOP is the statistical analysis feature, which assists firms with sales and marketing forecasts. A full analysis of all products purchased, which offers valuable trend information, is easily retrieved from the system. In addition, visits to an on-line shop can be tracked and analyzed by showing what customers "virtually looked at," but deferred buying in the end.

Customer Payment Methods

INTERSHOP Online contains the CyberCash Payment system for painless and secure payments over the Internet. SET (Secure Electronics Transactions) is currently being implemented by CyberCash so that every SET-compliant wallet (for example, the newly announced built-in NetScape wallet) is able to process payment transactions.

Pricing and Availability - 60-Day Trial Offer

INTERSHOP Online requires minimum capital outlay and low operating costs. A basic system could be set up to run on rented server space at a local ISP.

The INTERSHOP Online CD-ROM package will be priced at $4,999 for the base Windows NT system and $7,999 for the UNIX systems, and will include the INTERSHOP Online server kernel, a high-quality relational client-server database system (Sybase SQL Server 11), and all the necessary administration tools and documentation.

Once INTERSHOP Online becomes available, businesses or individuals can receive this CD package free for 60 days. Version 1.0 is expected to be available in July in both English and German languages, with translation hooks to other languages built in.

Anyone wanting to get INTERSHOP Online free for 60 days should send an e-mail request to, put in a request at the company's Web site (, call NetConsult Communications at 415/373-1530, or send a fax to 415/373-1536.

Corporate Information

NetConsult Communications Inc. of Burlingame, Calif., is headquartered in Jena, Germany, where NetConsult Communications GmbH was originally founded in 1992. NetConsult Communications is a world class developer, publisher and distributor of Java-enabled, Internet-standard shopping system software; existing NetConsult clients include Hewlett-Packard and Siemens Nixdorf. NetConsult is backed by Technologieholding Venture Capital GmbH, and J. Burgess Jamieson of Sigma Partners in California.

For more information in the U.S. contact NetConsult at 415/373-1530, fax to 415/373-1536, send e-mail to, or check out the company's Web site at In Germany, NetConsult Communications GmbH can be reached at Ebertstrabe 16 D-07743, Jena, Germany, Tel: ++49-3641 58 08-0 Fax ++49-3641 58 08-15, e-mail: -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: INTERSHOP Online is a trademark of NetConsult Communications Inc. Java and other Java-based names and logos are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. and refer to Sun's Java Technologies. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

CONTACT: NetConsult Communications Inc.

Leigh Anne Lindsey, 707/459-0855

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