Rakuten Acquires U.S.-based Logistics Company Webgistix

  Rakuten Acquires U.S.-based Logistics Company Webgistix

    -Acquisition marks introduction of Rakuten Super Logistics platform to

Business Wire

TOKYO & LAS VEGAS -- June 6, 2013

Rakuten Inc. (JASDAQ:4755), one of the world’s largest online marketplaces,
today announced that it has agreed to acquire 100% ownership of Webgistix, a
Las Vegas-based logistics and services company specializing in cloud-based
fulfillment technology for e-commerce retailers. The acquisition is Rakuten’s
second logistics investment outside of Japan, and positions Webgistix as an
integral part of Rakuten’s expanding global logistics portfolio.

Founded in 2001 in Palo Alto, Calif., Webgistix (www.webgistix.com) empowers
e-commerce retailers to manage their supply chains more effectively with its
cloud-based Webgistix SmartSuite of e-commerce solutions for order
fulfillment, freight management, and shipment optimization. Over the past
twelve years, Webgistix has built a substantial customer base that spans five
continents and over 20 countries through its strategic network of
company-operated fulfillment centers. This enables e-commerce retailers to
reach 98 percent of e-commerce customers in the U.S. within 1-2 business days
via ground delivery.

In August 2012, Rakuten Logistics began offering Rakuten Ichiba Merchants
“Rakuten Super Logistics,” – integrated fulfillment service solutions,
incoming/outgoing inventory management, storage, packaging, delivery, customer
service and various other value-added services. November 2012 saw Rakuten
announce the acquisition of Alpha Direct Services, a major French warehouse
automation and logistics provider, with the goal of building out the company’s
e-commerce logistics capabilities across Europe and Japan, and eventually to
all its markets globally.

The acquisition of Webgistix continues the momentum behind Rakuten Super
Logistics, helping to provide warehouse and fulfillment services to US-based
Rakuten.com Shopping merchants while also providing key components to Rakuten

Hiroshi Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten said: “Every step of the
customer path to purchase is important, especially when the process takes
place electronically. Webgistix ensures that fulfillment processes are carried
out successfully at the most pivotal point of each e-commerce order, where
digital services meet physical services. The experienced management team at
Webgistix provides entrepreneurial leadership at the foundation of a growing
Americas logistics operation, one that will benefit and support our current
and future e-commerce marketplace customers in the Americas, and throughout
the world.”

Joseph DiSorbo, Founder and CEO of Webgistix, said: “Our core values have
always reflected our belief in providing the highest level of service,
technology, and partnership. This fits perfectly with the Rakuten model of
empowerment. Now Webgistix and Rakuten together will expand our capabilities
to provide exceptional service to merchants and consumers, empowering and
helping them to achieve their goals. Together we can help online merchants
realize their global potential.”

Rakuten now offers e-commerce and Internet services in over 25 countries and
territories and ranks among the top 10 Internet companies in the world. Among
its numerous online properties, its flagship B2B2C
(business-to-business-to-consumer) model e-commerce site Rakuten Ichibais the
largest e-commerce site in Japan ^ and among the world's largest by sales. Its
global presence has been reinforced through the acquisitions of leading online
marketplaces Buy.com in US (now Rakuten.com), Priceminister (France), Ikeda
(now Rakuten Brazil), Tradoria (now Rakuten Deutschland) and Play.com (UK),
and investments in Ozon.ru, AHA Life and The Grommet. It also led a $100M
round of funding in popular social sharing platform Pinterest. Whereas other
marketplaces may compete directly with sellers, Rakuten’s model seeks to
empower merchants to deliver Omotenashi, a Japanese high service mindset,
which helps sellers create lasting relationships with customers.

For more information on Rakuten and its global marketplaces please visit

About Rakuten

Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ: 4755), is one of the world’s leading Internet service
companies, providing a variety of consumer- and business-focused services
including e-commerce, eBooks & eReading, travel, banking, securities, credit
card, insurance, e-money, portal and media, online marketing, logistics and
professional sports. Selected by Forbes as 7th among the World’s Most
Innovative Companies of 2012, Rakuten is expanding globally and currently has
operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Founded in 1997,
Rakuten is headquartered in Tokyo, with over 10,000 employees and partner
staff worldwide. For more information, visit http://global.rakuten.com/corp/.


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