a21 subsidiary ArtSelect enters Into Joint Marketing Agreement with Redcats U.S.A.; Leading Specialty Catalog and Retailer to Distribute ArtSelect’s Custom-Framed Art Products
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — a21, Inc. (“a21”) (OTCBB: ATWO), a leading online digital content marketplace, today announced that its ArtSelect, Inc. subsidiary has entered into a joint marketing agreement with Redcats USA, the international catalog division of the renowned French holding company Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, establishing a co-branded relationship that integrates ArtSelect’s custom-framed art concept and product line into select Redcats USA catalogs and websites. Headquartered in New York City, Redcats USA is a leading specialty catalog and retail company.
“The ArtSelect alliance reinforces Redcats USA’s leadership position in direct marketing of home products. Customers check out through the Redcats USA shopping cart, a unique innovation. Wall decor solutions can now be matched with textile offers giving our customers customization and value in an easy to use format completely integrated with our web sites,” said Kevin Doyle, Executive Vice President of Redcat’s BrylaneHome Lifestyles Group.
ArtSelect allows Redcats USA to offer their customers a complete online custom frame shop and art gallery. Shoppers enjoy the process of choosing their own prints, frames, and mats online. They can view their selection against a background of their own wall color, and quickly arrive at the combination they want. Featuring an extensive selection of art prints and canvas reproductions, the frame shop allows customers to fit any style of home decor. ArtSelect developed its own technology that is fast and easy, and presents the product in beautiful color and detail.
“We are pleased that another leading catalog company and specialty retailer has recognized the value that ArtSelect delivers in enhancing the consumer shopping experience by providing custom-framing solutions,” said Phil Garfinkle, President and Chief Operating Officer of a21. “We expect Redcats USA’s extensive customer base should increase distribution for ArtSelect’s products.”
About a21: a21 (www.a21group.com) is a leading online digital content marketplace for the professional creative community. Through SuperStock (www.superstock.com; www.superstock.co.uk; and www.purestockx.com), Ingram Publishing (www.ingrampublishing.com), and ArtSelect (www.artselect.com), a21 delivers high quality images, art framing, and exceptional customer service. a21 and its companies, with offices in Florida, Iowa, New York, and the United Kingdom, provide a valuable and viable choice to photographers, artists, photography agencies and other customers in the stock image, art and wall decor industries.
About ArtSelect, Inc.: ArtSelect (www.artselect.com) leverages proprietary internet technology to market beautiful framed art reproductions through strategic business partnerships.
About Redcats USA: Redcats USA, a multichannel leader in apparel and lifestyles home shopping, has nine well-known brands in its portfolio: Chadwick’s, Lerner Catalog/metrostyle(TM), Lane Bryant Catalog, Jessica London, Roaman’s, La Redoute USA, KingSize, BrylaneHome and BrylaneHome Kitchen. Redcats USA is a division of Redcats, a multichannel and multispecialized home shopping company, with 17 brands in 26 countries, a staff of over 20,000 associates, and a turnover of 4.37 billion euros. Redcats USA represented in 2005, 25.5% of the turnover of Redcats. Redcats is the international catalog division of French holding company Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR). Headquartered in Paris, PPR is among the top 10 global retail and services companies, with gross revenues in excess of 30 billion Euros. For more information: www.redcatsusa.com.
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