Hoping to cash in on a burgeoning small business market as well as a predicted boom in Internet commerce, Fleet Financial Group is offering small business customers packaged software to build commercial Internet sites. Called storefronts fleet, it includes an on-line catalog builder; payments software to facilitate transactions; Web site development and hosting programs; search engine registration; and monthly transaction report generation.
The catalog builder was developed by Cambridge, MA-based Electronic Press Services Group. Netscape's ECXpert is the base platform, on which an Oracle database and CyberCash's payment gateway runs. Merchants pay Fleet a base price of $995 for the software, plus monthly fees ranging from $99 to $249 depending on the number of products. Advanced catalog design is available for $1,500.