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eBay, Amazon, Overstock, Bizrate, Yahoo to Gather at PESA Summit


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March 3, 2005

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Contacts: David Yaskulka, Chair, PESA Marketing
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Jonathan Garriss, Executive Director, PESA
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eBay, Amazon, Overstock, Bizrate, Yahoo to Gather at PESA Summit

The Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA, www.gopsesa.org), a trade association of online merchants, announced the agenda for its Spring 2005 Summit sponsored by Ethical Technologies which is being held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 19th and 20th. PESA hosts a summit twice a year and the Atlanta gathering will be the third and largest to date.

“Interest in PESA has soared over the past few months” said Jonathan Garriss, Executive Director of PESA, “and registration for Atlanta is already 3 times what we had for our Las Vegas event. I’m delighted that so many people have realized the unique opportunity our summits represent to provide a first-of-its-kind interactive forum between major online marketplaces and the world’s largest independent merchants.”

Representatives from a number of premier online marketplaces, including eBay, Amazon, Overstock, Yahoo and Bizrate will join PESA in Atlanta. The two day summit will allow these representatives to interact directly with the PESA members who supply their sites with product.

“PESA members have been supplying a number of online marketplaces with a high volume of quality merchandise,” said Mr. Garriss. “You read about the explosive growth that sites like eBay have seen over the past few years, and it is merchants like PESA members who are powering much of that growth.”

PESA has grown rapidly since the group formed in 2004 and currently represents nearly $1 billion dollar in annual sales. Over the past year PESA has partnered with companies including buySAFE (www.buysafe.com), Ethical Technologies (www.ethical2005.com), Overstock (www.overstock.com), Assistant Zone (www.assistantzone.com), ChannelAdvisor (www.channeladvisor.com), Federal Express (www.fedex.com), Infopia (www.infopia.com), Marketworks (www.marketworks.com), Truition (www.truition.com) and Zoovy (www.zoovy.com) to provide its membership with tools to more effectively manage their growing businesses.

“Through PESA we found an audience of sophisticated business owners who constantly seek to innovate and improve their businesses,” said Steve Woda, Chairman of buySAFE, the world’s leading eCommerce bonding service. “Working closely with the PESA Board, we were able to create a value-added benefit that was quickly and successfully introduced to the membership. We look forward to more collaboration, and are proud to partner with PESA and its professional online merchants.”

PESA officials said they plan to announce a number of new partnerships and benefits at the Atlanta summit. Attendance at the summit is by invitation only to PESA members and summit sponsors. PESA founder and chairman Joe Cortese and executive director Jonathan Garriss will launch the proceedings by reflecting on the organization’s achievements to date and sharing their visions for its future.

About PESA
The Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA) is a non-profit trade association comprised of over 700 high-volume eBay sellers generating over seventy million eBay transactions and nearly $1 billion in eBay sales annually. PESA provides a forum for members to exchange innovative and creative ideas and business solutions; promotes the highest levels of professionalism, fairness, honesty, and integrity in online trade; and represents a collective voice of top sellers. For more information, please visit www.gopesa.org.



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