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What Does AJAX Have to Do With Retail Websites?

Keynote Systems to Monitor Performance of Leading Retail Web Sites on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Keynote Competitive Research announced it would make itself readily available to media on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), throughout the holiday weekend, Cyber Monday and through Christmas for reporting on the technical quality (responsiveness and reliability) of leading retail Web sites.

The source of Keynotes reporting are The Keynote Retail Web Transaction Performance Indices, transaction performance indices comprised of leading online shopping sites across three retail categories: apparel, electronics and books & music. The Keynote Retail Transaction Performance Indices measure and benchmark the performance for a standard online shopping transaction for each leading retail site, including product search, shopping cart, and check out process performance.

The data used to create Keynotes indices is collected in real time on an hourly basis from 10 cities across the U.S., providing an up-to-the-minute barometer of online consumer experience throughout the 2007 holiday shopping season. The index data is collected using Transaction Perspective 8.0, Keynotes market-leading Web site performance measurement and monitoring service.

Keynote will also be publishing a Keynote Competitive Research report in January examining and summarizing the performance of leading retail Web sites over the holiday season. That report will be available for purchase by retail companies.

Further information on the Keynote Retail Performance Indices is available online here.

Sites Included on Keynotes Retail Web Transaction Performance Indices
Apparel sites on Keynotes indices include: Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF); Banana Republic (NYSE:GPS), Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq:EBHI); Foot Locker (NYSE:FL); Gap (NYSE:GPS); JC Penney (NYSE:JCP); JCrew; Macys (Federated Department Stores, NYSE:FD); Neiman Marcus; Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN); Saks Fifth Avenue (NYSE:SKS); Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD); and Zappos.

Books and music sites on Keynotes indices include: AbeBooks.com; Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN); Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS); Borders (NYSE:BGP); Buy.com; Overstock.com (Nasdaq:OSTK); Target (NYSE:TGT); Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT).

Retail electronics sites on Keynotes indices include: Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN); Best Buy (NYSE:BBY); Buy.com; CDW (Nasdaq:CDWC); Circuit City (NYSE:CC); Dell (Nasdaq:DELL); Office Depot (NYSE:ODP); OfficeMax (NYSE:OMX); Overstock.com (Nasdaq:OSTK); Staples (Nasdaq:SPLS); Toys R Us (NYSE:XKE); Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT).

For more information please contact Mariana Kosturos, Citigate Cunningham, (415) 618-8786, mkosturos@citigatecunningham.com.

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