Integrated Information Systems Inc. ("IIS") (Nasdaq: IISX) has been selected by PartsAmerica.com to develop and implement what is expected to be the largest e-commerce destination in the $90 billion automotive parts and accessories industry.
PartsAmerica.com is a consortium comprised of CSK Auto, a Phoenix-based retailer of automotive parts and accessories operating more than 1,100 stores primarily in the western United States; Advance Auto Parts, a Roanoke, Va.-based retailer of automotive parts and accessories operating more than 1,600 stores in 37 states; and Sequoia Capital Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm with a strong record of funding successful Internet companies, including Yahoo! and eToys.
IIS has worked with CSK Auto during the past several years, including the successful development and deployment of its corporate website last year.
According to Larry Buresh, senior vice president and CIO for CSK, the decision to build the PartsAmerica.com website with IIS was a natural one. "We had had a very positive experience with IIS while building CSKAuto.com," said Buresh. "We knew that they could hit the deck running and meet our accelerated timeframe."
In Phase I of the agreement, IIS will be responsible for the PartsAmerica.com website architecture and application management for a contract price of up to $2.3 million. IIS was selected as the full-service provider over several major competitors, including Scient and Viant.
The site developed by IIS for PartsAmerica.com will leverage and integrate the existing vast brick-and-mortar infrastructure that the automotive retail powerhouses possess in their stores and distribution centers. The site will offer customers unprecedented delivery options and highly competitive pricing.
"PartsAmerica.com has an extraordinary opportunity to lead the Web-based retail distribution market for autoparts," said Jim Garvey, president and chief executive officer of IIS. "Our ability to develop the site rapidly was a key factor in PartsAmerica.com's decision to select IIS. We realize that in this quick-paced new economy, speed-to-market is a key determinant to success."
About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts is the primary trade name for Advance Stores Co. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance Holding Corp.
Established in 1932 with three stores in Virginia -- two in Roanoke and one in Lynchburg, Advance now has more than 1,700 stores in 38 states, primarily located in the eastern and midwestern regions of the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The company is based in Roanoke, and is the second largest auto parts chain in the nation.
Additional information about the company, employment opportunities and services can be found on the company web site at www.advanceautoparts.com.
About CSK Auto Inc.
CSK Auto Inc. is the largest retailer of automotive parts and accessories in the western United States, and is among the top five automotive aftermarket retailers in the nation. CSK Auto operates more than 1,100 stores under the trade names of Checker Auto Parts, Schuck's Auto Supply, and Kragen Auto Parts in 18 different states.
Headquartered in Phoenix, CSK Auto passed the $1 billion sales mark in fiscal 1998. In March 1998, the company successfully completed an initial public offering. The company's common stock is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CAO." Visit CSK Auto's web site at www.cskauto.com for more information.
IIS is a leading Internet professional services firm possessing the full range of capabilities necessary to rapidly transform growing enterprises to a digital environment.
Expanding beyond the traditional service model of strategy consulting, creative design, and Internet application development, IIS also provides the critical elements of network infrastructure, and application management and hosting services.
The combination of IIS's technical expertise, industry experience and dedication to developing and maintaining long-term relationships has facilitated strategic partnerships with such companies as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, EMC, and Cisco Systems.
Utilizing its proprietary, full-service methodology, Dimensions, IIS provides its clients with a framework in which innovative Internet solutions can be conceptualized, enhanced, and implemented with the speed-to-market necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving Internet environment. Visit IIS's web site at www.iisweb.com for additional information.
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