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eCoupon sets its sites on Australian IT retailersOn the back of its Canadian success, SUMmedia has launched its eCoupon portal in Australia.

The service, at www.saving, allows smaller retailers to "cash in" on online coupon marketing. The site already prints around 500 discount coupons a day locally.

"Many Australian retailers are embracing our offer of an effective means to drive consumers to their existing bricks-and-mortar stores," said SUMmedia managing director Bradley Field. "Savingumoney has recognised the great opportunities for IT retailers on the site, as obviously people using the site are already interested in computers and IT products."Retailers say Boo.comThe liquidation of has essentially been completed with the sale of the European online retailer's domain and brand names to a New York fashion portal.

The firm handling the liquidation, KPMG Corporate Recovery, said took over the brand and domain names last week for an unspecified price.

Software and other intellectual property owned by will be transferred to Bright Station, a British information technology firm. will downgrade the graphics to simplify the site for users, said CEO Ben Narasin.

ShopFront offers POS solutions for retailersPoint-of-sale (POS) software vendor ShopFront is offering packages to make it easier for retailers to deal with GST mplementation.

"The problem is that few businesses have the extra time available to fulfil the GST reporting and business accounting obligations and run the business at the same time," said ShopFront CEO David Lewis.

ShopFront was written to work under Windows 95, 98 and NT, as well as the Macintosh operating system.

ShopFront is a stand-alone program that will link to back-office accounting packages if required. The company is offering entry-level setups via its Web site at from $350.

A1pple is also offering POS solutions, with an all-in-one package including a 350MHz iMac, ShopFront software, barcode scanner, cash drawer and receipt printer to create the ultimate solution. It retails for $5995 at AppleCentres.

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