launches online store, an online retail marketplace, launched a wine store January 5 with fellow Internet retailer The partnership will allow to offer about 1,500 new products.

“Our data shows that the more categories and selections we offer, the higher the conversion rates and customer satisfaction numbers,” said Jeff Wisot, VP of marketing at “One of the top categories customers were interested in, based on the feedback we received, was wine and champagne.” had been looking for a partner wine retailer for more than a year, said Wisot. The company spoke to several retailers and ultimately decided on, he said. tried to partner with a general Internet retailer but hadn't actively pursued any ventures due to complex state shipping laws that restrict where and to whom wine can be sent, said Rich Broad, director of merchandising at met this criteria, he said.

"This partnership allows us to reach a customer base with a slightly different demographic than the customer base on,” said Broad. was integrated into the marketplace in several weeks, a relatively short turnaround time for a partnership of this kind, Wisot explained. The integration launched in beta “several weeks ago,” and the “products were popular among gift givers and corporate buyers,” he added.

Sellers pay a fee between 8% and 15% for each purchase made through the site. features more than 9 million products and has more than 6 million e-mail addresses in its customer database. The company, which says it has more than 18 million customers, released a shopping app for the iPhone and iPod on December 20.

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