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Port Orchard firm makes e-commerce acquisition
"SeattleCommerce, Inc., a Port Orchard based company, has aquired Rocket-Cart Corp. to enhance its current e-commerce services.According to company spokesman Jay Torgerson, the acquisition will allow SeattleCommerce to expand its range of services and will provide unparalelled e-commerce packages to meet the needs of online businesses. With the addition of Rocket-Cart, SeattleCommerce will be able to provide complete e-commerce solutions and shopping cart services, above and beyond a secured payment gateway, to clients, locally, regionally, and internationally. Steve Janhke, a Rocket-Cart employee, said, Rocket-Cart was a way for small merchants to display products on the internet. Customers can customize their product to the size and color they want by logging on.Although there are only a few companies that specialize in hooking medium and small merchants on the internet, there is one thing that sets SeattleCommerce apart from them. Our main difference is affordability, Jahnke said, and a twist toward international client bases because it is affordable as a U.S. merchant. We can upload a small merchant on the internet for virtually nothing. They have clients that sell anything from worms to larger type items.The company that specialized in both online and retail businesses since 1998, enjoys its Port Orchard location, even though it is called SeattleCommerce. We actually have our main headquarters in Port Orchard because it is a much nicer to work in then Seattle, said Jahnke. Although we still have equipment and connections in Seattle. Their office is not big because many of their customers do not have the need to come in. We have a couple suits, a server room, and a front desk, Jahnke said.The company currently has eight employees.As for the future of SeattleCommerce, they have been tracking themselves on a specific growth curve. We have a 504 private stock offering, Jahnke said. and we're hoping to be publicly traded in 12-18 months. "