Canadian Firm Develops Breakthrough E-Commerce Technology

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.

    VANCOUVER, April 19 /PRNewswire/ - BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.
 announces a revolutionary new online cataloging method that simplifies the way
 Internet consumers will be able to find products in any industry. The
 innovation re- engineers the database functionality common to most commercial
 Websites.
     The new cataloging method enables full-range product searches -
 previously requiring expansive menu-systems - to launch from a single-page
 menu. The benefit is significant in product searches involving large numbers
 of variable characteristics where menu displays expand exponentially. Until
 now, such product searches have prohibited practical e-procurement models.
     Developed originally for online sales of building materials,
 BuildDirect.com's new system now creates an accretive benefit for e-commerce
 technology used in all industries. The convenient product-selection method
 enables customized searches for any available product-configuration and links
 the configuration to the final price output.
     While BuildDirect.com's innovation is applicable to all major Website
 construction software, BuildDirect.com developed the cataloging method using
 Microsoft Visual Studio 6, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Windows
 2000.
     "Using Microsoft Technology, BuildDirect.com has constructed a leading-
 edge B2B application," says David Daniels, Director, E-Solution Team,
 Microsoft Canada.
     Daniels says BuildDirect.com's new cataloging method has the potential to
 extend the capabilities of Microsoft Commerce Server 2000.
     "Microsoft technology provides the scalability and reliability to bring
 such world-class innovations to market rapidly. Microsoft Canada sees
 BuildDirect.com as a promising e-commerce partner," says Daniels.
     BuildDirect.com President and CEO Jeff Booth says his company has made a
 provisional patent application for its innovation, which it has named Cyclonic
 Software.
     "I am proud to announce another major BuildDirect.com advancement in e-
 commerce development," says Booth.  "This is the kind of innovation that
 BuildDirect.com has become known for in creating its own business solutions.
 It is doubly rewarding that we're able to provide a solution for other
 industries as well."
 
     About BuildDirect.com
     Founded in 1999, BuildDirect.com is a comprehensive online destination
 for quality construction materials.  The Company strives to be the building
 industry's ultimate source for volume buyers worldwide by providing customers
 the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.  BuildDirect.com's
 complete end-to-end solution for the purchase and delivery of products
 includes full customer service, product expertise, warranty support, worldwide
 delivery with shipment monitoring, and an integrated logistics platform
 supplying all transportation costs before ordering.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business
 computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed
 to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any
 device.
     Microsoft, Commerce Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
 
 

SOURCE BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.
    VANCOUVER, April 19 /PRNewswire/ - BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.
 announces a revolutionary new online cataloging method that simplifies the way
 Internet consumers will be able to find products in any industry. The
 innovation re- engineers the database functionality common to most commercial
 Websites.
     The new cataloging method enables full-range product searches -
 previously requiring expansive menu-systems - to launch from a single-page
 menu. The benefit is significant in product searches involving large numbers
 of variable characteristics where menu displays expand exponentially. Until
 now, such product searches have prohibited practical e-procurement models.
     Developed originally for online sales of building materials,
 BuildDirect.com's new system now creates an accretive benefit for e-commerce
 technology used in all industries. The convenient product-selection method
 enables customized searches for any available product-configuration and links
 the configuration to the final price output.
     While BuildDirect.com's innovation is applicable to all major Website
 construction software, BuildDirect.com developed the cataloging method using
 Microsoft Visual Studio 6, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Windows
 2000.
     "Using Microsoft Technology, BuildDirect.com has constructed a leading-
 edge B2B application," says David Daniels, Director, E-Solution Team,
 Microsoft Canada.
     Daniels says BuildDirect.com's new cataloging method has the potential to
 extend the capabilities of Microsoft Commerce Server 2000.
     "Microsoft technology provides the scalability and reliability to bring
 such world-class innovations to market rapidly. Microsoft Canada sees
 BuildDirect.com as a promising e-commerce partner," says Daniels.
     BuildDirect.com President and CEO Jeff Booth says his company has made a
 provisional patent application for its innovation, which it has named Cyclonic
 Software.
     "I am proud to announce another major BuildDirect.com advancement in e-
 commerce development," says Booth.  "This is the kind of innovation that
 BuildDirect.com has become known for in creating its own business solutions.
 It is doubly rewarding that we're able to provide a solution for other
 industries as well."
 
     About BuildDirect.com
     Founded in 1999, BuildDirect.com is a comprehensive online destination
 for quality construction materials.  The Company strives to be the building
 industry's ultimate source for volume buyers worldwide by providing customers
 the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.  BuildDirect.com's
 complete end-to-end solution for the purchase and delivery of products
 includes full customer service, product expertise, warranty support, worldwide
 delivery with shipment monitoring, and an integrated logistics platform
 supplying all transportation costs before ordering.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business
 computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed
 to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any
 device.
     Microsoft, Commerce Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio are either
 registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
 and/or other countries.
 
 SOURCE BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc.