Bainbridge Island, WA – April 12, 2012 – Avalara (www.Avalara.com), the market leading provider of sales tax and compliance automation services in the cloud, and Upshot Commerce (http://www.upshotcommerce.com/), a provider of on-demand, fully customizable ecommerce software solutions, announced today that Upshot Commerce has joined Avalara’s growing list of certified solution partners. Avalara’s solution partners are software publishers that integrate Avalara’s software as a service (SaaS) offering for sales tax management directly into their own applications.
As a result of this partnership, customers can now use AvaTax from within the Upshot Platform. This eliminates the tedious work and complexity of calculating taxes across multiple jurisdictions and helps businesses focus on their core offering.
“Upshot Commerce is the ideal ecommerce platform for Avalara users maintaining multiple brands or multiple websites,” said Neal Kaiser, Chief Executive Officer of Upshot Commerce. “Our AvaTax Integration allows ecommerce retailers to link their AvaTax account with multiple websites, ensuring across-the-board compliance.”
Avalara CEO and Founder Scott McFarlane said, “Our integrated solution helps Upshot Commerce customers easily manage and remain compliant with increasingly complicated tax regulations. We’re pleased to welcome Upshot Commerce into our ever-expanding community.”
Since its founding nearly a decade ago, Avalara has pioneered the service-based platform for tax automation and emerged as the dominant player in this market by leading the automation effort for financial, ecommerce, POS and mobility applications for businesses. Today Avalara’s SaaS solution provides a complete set of transactional tax compliance services developed specifically to serve the needs of small to mid-sized businesses.
About Upshot Commerce
Upshot Commerce, (formerly Make-a-Store) was founded by Neal Kaiser while studying computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He created one of the first ecommerce companies in 1994 and has been quietly been building and deploying ecommerce solutions since. A few years and several hundred clients later, Upshot is at the forefront of ecommerce innovation. Upshot Commerce is located in the wicked cool city of Salem, MA.
The Upshot Commerce ecommerce software solution includes features for inventory, order, checkout and customer management, online merchandising, shipping and fulfillment, reports and analytics, wholesale and B2B management SEO, security, mobile and social commerce integration affinity/auto-ship programs, integration with ERP and accounting systems such as MAS 90/200 channel sales integration with companies such as Amazon and eBay, eBook online sales features and a loyalty/reward points program.
Founded in 2004, Avalara pioneered a service-based platform for sales tax and compliance automation and has been recognized for years as one of America’s fastest growing technology firms. The company’s cloud solutions help thousands of customers stay focused on their core businesses by providing automated end to end compliance services including sales and use tax calculation, exemption certificate management, filing and remittance, and a broad array of related services.
Avalara built its technology platform and extensive user base using internal expertise and the strategic acquisition of industry leading organizations, technologies, and personnel. Operating behind the scenes via seamless integration with virtually any business management system, Avalara delivers fast, easy, accurate, and affordable solutions for companies of any size.
On the international front, the company supports 85 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. It serves tens of thousands of registered users globally and calculates VAT, sales and use taxes on one billion transactions annually. The company employs more than 400 professionals at its headquarters on Bainbridge Island, WA and offices in Seattle WA; Irvine, San Diego and Rocklin, CA; Falls Church, VA; Raleigh, NC; Harrisburg, PA; and Pune, India.