British firm to offer businesses e-commerce package

UK Internet service provider UUNet Pipex has announced DialStore, a package that enables merchants to set up a Web storefront and then sell goods from it online using the company's electronic commerce service.

UK Internet service provider UUNet Pipex has announced DialStore, a package that enables merchants to set up a Web storefront and then sell goods from it online using the company's electronic commerce service, The Bureau.

The package is available to users of Pipex Dial, the company's access service, and includes 1Mb of free Web space. The cost is a one-time fee of £500, and Pipex takes a 9.5% commission on each sale, which incorporates third-party transaction charges, officials say.

Merchants can accept Visa and Mastercard credit card payments, using Natwest Bank as the clearing house, Pipex officials say.

If the product sold is a "soft goods", such as software or information, it is automatically forwarded to the buyer by The Bureau, officials say.

Pipex, which claims to be the largest ISP in Europe, unveiled The Bureau in early September. With DialStore, the company hopes to capture the market for smaller businesses looking to set up online storefronts, officials say.

Pipex, based in Cambridge, England, and can be reached on the Web at http://www.pipex.com.

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