iStarXchange, the premier B2B e-marketplace serving the automotive replacement parts supply chain, and Bell and Howell (NYSE: BHW - news), the world's leading catalog management company for Original Equipment (OE) automotive parts, serving over 30,000 automotive dealerships worldwide, announced their strategic partnership today.

As defined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two companies, Bell and Howell will provide to iStarXchange its industry-leading Internet-enabled electronic catalogs containing OE parts data, as approved by vehicle manufacturers, as well as connectivity to new car dealerships' parts departments. iStarXchange will integrate the parts catalogs into the e-marketplace to enable commercial accounts to purchase genuine OE parts from franchise automotive dealerships.

Professional installers will now be able to quickly and accurately determine their OE parts needs, availability, pricing and estimated time of arrival, thereby scheduling shop time and estimating jobs more efficiently. Installers will place parts orders electronically hence, shipments will be more accurate, reducing expensive returns. Improved profitability for OE dealers as well as their professional installer customers will be accented nicely by improved customer service.

"Our strategic relationship with Bell & Howell is very significant, as it provides an imperative building block to round-out our business model in the automotive replacement parts market," said iStarXchange CEO E.J. O'Leary. "We are confident that this initiative will have a significant impact on participating dealers' abilities to generate revenue growth in their commercial sales initiatives. As iStarXchange partners with OE vehicle manufacturers and their franchised dealers, the most accurate, timely OE parts information, including complete information required to make ordering decisions, will be made available to dealers commercial accounts like never before."

O'Leary commented further: "As iStarXchange develops its position as the intelligent infomediary serving the replacement parts supply chain, whether transactions are generated by captive OE part sales or sales generated by a myriad of aftermarket parts offers, we will provide value added services to every member of our community, enabling unprecedented value creation for all participants."

"We are excited to work with iStarXchange in enabling our customer base of franchised dealers to participate in the premier automotive replacement parts e-commerce exchange," said Chuck Rotuno, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Global Automotive Publishing for Bell and Howell. "iStarXchange has clearly distinguished itself from other automotive parts e-commerce initiatives with their focus on enabling professional installers to electronically purchase genuine automotive parts from franchised dealerships."

About iStarXchange

iStarXchange, headquartered in Irvine, CA., is the premier B2B automotive replacement parts e-marketplace, intending to provide intelligent infomediary services to approximately 250,000 market space participants via the internet. iStarXchange is the only e-marketplace serving the replacement parts supply chain end-to-end, providing value added services appropriate to all participants, from suppliers, manufacturers, to the broadest spectrum of professional installers.

The company's focus is value creation through partnership and collaborative relationships with partner/participants. iStarXchange services are based on i2 Technologies (Nasdaq: ITWO - news) industry leading intelligent ebusiness and e-marketplace solutions, providing capabilities which clearly set iStarXchange apart in the $150 billion U.S. replacement parts market space. For more information about iStarXchange, call 877-iStar17 or visit

About Bell & Howell

Bell & Howell Company (NYSE: BHW - news), headquartered in Skokie, Ill., is a leading information solutions and services provider to industries worldwide. In each of its businesses, the company transforms information through software and services, helping its customers operate more effectively and efficiently. Additional information about Bell & Howell Company is available on the Internet at

For the automotive, powersports or other industries requiring publishing services, Bell & Howell develops and markets software, services and systems that transform complex technical data, like parts catalogs or service manuals, into easily accessed electronic or microfilm information. Bell & Howell offerings include electronic parts catalogs, dealership management systems, e-commerce solutions, database publishing of technical reference material, dealership performance databases, and financing options which help dealerships or service networks more effectively manage their operations. For more information on Bell & Howell's Publishing Services business, call 800-443-6910, or visit

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