BUSINESS STRATEGY

BigCommerce Launches in Germany, Mexico and Spain, Empowering Merchants to Build and Grow Innovative Online Businesses

BigCommerce | February 01, 2022

BigCommerce, a leading Open SaaS ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, today announced it has extended its global presence into Germany, Mexico and Spain. With BigCommerce’s flexible enterprise-grade ecommerce platform and best-of-breed partner network, local merchants will be able to build, scale and grow their B2C and B2B businesses internationally and leverage industry-leading omnichannel capabilities for marketplace selling to drive revenue. The company’s latest expansion comes six months after its successful launch into France, Italy and the Netherlands and marks BigCommerce’s official market entry into Latin America.

As the number of ecommerce and cross-border sales continue to climb worldwide, retailers increasingly seek to create modern and frictionless shopping experiences to meet evolving consumer expectations. BigCommerce’s Open SaaS ecommerce platform is designed to scale with business growth and enables merchants of all sizes—from small startups to large enterprises—to deliver localized and innovative customer experiences.

With a free trial*, merchants can:
  • Launch and grow their business internationally. A range of multi-language, multi-currency and secure payment capabilities allows merchants to easily create storefronts tailored to local or cross-border customers and test new markets.
  • Uncover new channels for revenue. BigCommerce’s omnichannel platform enables retailers to discover new revenue streams by exploring new sales channels like Facebook Shops, Google Shopping, Instagram Shopping and more.
  • Leverage local support for future growth. In addition to a fully translated front- and back-end and support resources, the creation of key roles in-country and a widening partner network will equip merchants with the tools they need to grow their online businesses.
  • Build powerful B2B storefronts. As the global B2B ecommerce market size continues to grow, international merchants can transition their businesses online with BigCommerce's native B2B functionality and strong ecosystem of integration partner applications.

“A robust and flexible ecommerce platform that can grow in parallel with business needs is critical for merchants to gain solid footing in today’s increasingly digital world. This is the competitive advantage BigCommerce offers to retailers in our newest regions. Coupled with local support and translated resources to establish their brand, connect with customers and build trust, our solution primes businesses to enrich the online customer shopping experience and positions them to innovate in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.”

Meghan Stabler, vice president of international marketing, BigCommerce


BigCommerce’s roster of established clients in each region includes well-known brands such as Tienda Chivas in Mexico; Diageo and Safeguru in Spain; and Unu Motors and Dr. Barbara Sturm in Germany all using BigCommerce’s platform to manage and optimize their online stores.

About BigCommerce
BigCommerce is a leading open software-as-a-service (SaaS) ecommerce platform that empowers merchants of all sizes to build, innovate and grow their businesses online. BigCommerce provides merchants sophisticated enterprise-grade functionality, customization and performance with simplicity and ease-of-use. Tens of thousands of B2C and B2B companies across 150 countries and numerous industries use BigCommerce to create beautiful, engaging online stores, including Ben & Jerry’s, Molton Brown, S.C. Johnson, Skullcandy, SoloStove and Vodafone. Headquartered in Austin, BigCommerce has offices in London, Kyiv, San Francisco, and Sydney. 

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With ever increasing demands on small and micro businesses on quality, price and service, the most effective way to enhance the confidence of customers is through a structured certificated Quality Management System. For a small business, this is not as daunting as it might appear, as it should always be based on how your business systems currently operate.

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Ingram Micro Partners with AppGuard to Address Cyber Threats to Small Businesses

Ingram Micro | January 05, 2021

Ingram Micro EMEA and AppGuard Inc., have resolved to accomplice together to all the more successfully address the quickly arising digital dangers to Consumer, SME/SMB and Enterprise clients all through the EMEA advertises by giving AppGuard's endpoint security programming, which utilizes a "zero trust" way to deal with control the conduct of uses and stop malware assaults preceding dispatch with it's protected self-governing arrangement motor. "In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our entire global ecosystem with its massive effect on the global workforce and interconnectivity. Along with this we have witnessed a tremendous surge in cyber attacks focusing on the vulnerabilities exposed by this transformation. Our aim at INGRAM MICRO is to be the largest cyber security solution provider and consultant in the world by the year 2021. Ingram Micro is always on the lookout for new partners, and it may not always be the big names that we onboard," said Brian Vesper, Head of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence in Europe. "What makes a difference for us is that the products and technologies they bring to the table are effective in making our customers safer. With AppGuard, we are able to give our clients a novel solution that will prevent cyber attacks before they can compromise critical systems, with no impact to the performance of the endpoint. We believe this is revolutionary, and will be a game-changer for our clients." "We are delighted to now have INGRAM MICRO as our premier distributor for Europe," stated Chuck Sackley, Executive Vice President of Global Market and Business Development AppGuard Inc. We believe that they will provide us with broad access to the EMEA market. "INGRAM MICRO is the strategic distribution partner we have been looking for to quickly deliver our technology and capability to the the European market during this key window of opportunity in the market," said Maitland Muse, Executive Vice President of Channels and Strategic Aliances at AppGuard Inc. "We believe that we can very quickly strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the MSSP community within Europe very quickly through INGRAM MICRO." About Ingram Micro Ingram Micro helps businesses realize the promise of technology. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. ABOUT APPGUARD, INC. AppGuard, a Blue Planet-works company, provides award-winning server and endpoint cybersecurity protection for enterprises as well as small and medium-sized businesses. AppGuard's patented inheritance technology maintains the same level of guarding and isolation on any process spawned from a risky application. The technology does not rely on detection and response and instead prevents.

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SomerCor Collaborates with NAWBO Chicago to Strengthen Women Entrepreneurs

SomerCor | March 29, 2022

SomerCor proudly announces the re-launch of a collaboration with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Chicago Chapter. It is one of the largest of NAWBO’s U.S. chapters. Since its foundation in 1978, it has been operating as the unified voice of all female entrepreneurs and representing businesses in all prominent industrial and retail sectors. Capital access remains a crucial issue among women in entrepreneurship. According to NAWBO's public policy survey, nearly two-thirds of members rated access to capital as an exceedingly pressing issue. SomerCor is one standard platform to assist NAWBO Chicago members with their capital needs as a nonprofit, Small Business Administration (SBA) certified lender. "Working with NAWBO Chicago enables expansion of SomerCor's footprint in a committed effort to be a resource for women small business owners. This spring, we are enthusiastic about hosting a new three-part education series to empower women entrepreneurs as they seek and plan how to use capital for their businesses in growth mode." SomerCor President and CEO Manuel Flores Also, NAWBO Chicago Executive Director Melissa Lagowski explains by saying, "Women-owned businesses generate $1.8 trillion in sales each year, and they employ over 10.1 million workers. When women have the resources, they need to grow their businesses. There is a tremendous ripple effect in the communities they serve. Therefore, connecting women business owners with the programs available through SomerCor will help more businesses grow and expand. Quite simply, everybody wins."

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Pintec Technology Holdings Limited Announces SME Digitization Solution Offering and Deconsolidation of Certain Non-core Digital Technical Services

PINTEC | August 31, 2021

Pintec Technology Holdings Limited, a leading independent technology platform enabling financial services in China, today announced its decision to expand its technical services to focus on better empowering the small and medium enterprise ("SME") ecosystem, by leveraging the Company's advanced technology in big data, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based infrastructure. Specifically, the Company plans to utilize its "SaaS + Fintech" model as a total solution in order to accelerate the digitization of SMEs, encompassing technology-based credit services and solutions to the manufacturing process and operations of the SMEs. Part of this decision requires strategic review of the Company's existing operations in order to optimize resource and talent deployment. As a result, the Company has determined to restructure certain non-core technical services, which require long-term investment but may generate negative earnings currently and in the foreseeable future, by transferring out 85% of its equity interest in FT Synergy Pte. Ltd. ("FT") at nil consideration (the "Deconsolidation"). Upon the completion of this deconsolidation, the financial results of FT will no longer be included in the Company's consolidated financial statements, therefore eliminating its negative financial impacts to the Company. Going forward, the Company will be focused on offering of comprehensive technology-based credit services and solutions to SMEs. As a leading developer for credit services, PINTEC initiated a technology-based credit assessment system for SMEs as early as 2016. PINTEC's technology-based credit services and solutions focus on customer acquisition and risk control, and were adopted in several business aspects, including e-commerce, payment, corporate finance and taxation. As of the end of 2020, PINTEC's solution has enabled over 80,000 SMEs in managing their cash flows and needs. Mr. Victor Li, Chief Executive Officer of PINTEC, stated, "Our historical proven track records, cumulative partnership collaborations, and advanced technology will enable us to naturally extend our focus on the SME digitization ecosystem, and to scale our offerings for expanded accessibility. Our total solution leverages our "SaaS + Fintech" capabilities in encompassing end-to-end services from manufacturing to operations, distribution, inventory control, human resources management, property management, financing, etc. for SMEs of various industry sectors. Our aim is to significantly enable these enterprises to enhance their operational efficiency and to reduce overall financial costs. In addition, we are confident that the deconsolidation of our loss-making non-core operation can effectively streamline our overall operations and improve our financial performance. These decisions and efforts fully reflect the execution of our strategic initiatives in optimizing our portfolio offerings, servicing and internalization." About PINTEC PINTEC is a leading independent technology platform enabling financial services in China. By connecting business and financial partners on its open platform, PINTEC enables them to provide financial services to end users efficiently and effectively. The Company offers its partners a full suite of customized solutions, ranging from digital retail lending, digital business lending, robotic process automation, to wealth management and insurance products. Leveraging its scalable and reliable technology infrastructure, PINTEC serves a wide range of industry verticals covering online travel, e-commerce, telecommunications, online education, SaaS platforms, financial technology, internet search, and online classifieds and listings, as well as various types of financial partners including banks, brokers, insurance companies, investment funds and trusts, consumer finance companies and other similar institutions.

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