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December 18, London: ATG Media, the global pioneer of auction portals and live timed auctions technology, and Mail Boxes Etc., antiques and fine art shipping experts, have joined forces to provide a one-click global logistics service for buyers who use thesaleroom.com - Europe's leading website for fine art and antiques auctions.

The new and unique service, which is due to launch in January, will be seamless, with lot delivery prices listed on thesaleroom.com, so buyers are aware of delivery costs before they bid. Upon winning the lot, successful bidders will receive a shipping quote via email, enabling quick and easy payment online for delivery of the item.

“Knowing the price of delivery before you bid at auction, with no hidden costs, removes the barriers to online bidding,” said Marika Clemow, ATG Media’s Head of Products and Services. Having a reliable service with a reputable logistics partner is crucial to the future of thesaleroom.com and, as market leaders, Mail Boxes Etc. can deliver the high standard of service our customers have come to expect from thesaleroom.com.”

Simon Cowie, Chairman of Mail Boxes Etc., said: “We have listened to what our customers told us they want from a logistics solution, and we believe this relationship will provide the best possible support for auctioneers, buyers and the marketplace in general. We’ve introduced a whole new set of standards, with clear pricing, automatic delivery quotes to winning bidders, self-service checkout and fast delivery times. All shipments are fully trackable online, and our customer support team is always on hand to help with any queries.

“We are delighted to be able to work with thesaleroom.com to provide this solution. With our combined service offering, customers know their precious lots will be in the best possible hands – door to door.”

Dave McCall, Managing Director of thesaleroom.com said: “We want to increase our coverage and make it easier for more people to buy art and antiques online. Our own delivery service, which is being replaced by this partnership, proved to be a great success in attracting customers, so we know it’s what they want. Using our market-leading technology and Mail Boxes Etc.’s logistics expertise, we can provide an end-to-end service that’s fast, efficient, completely automated and available nationwide.”

Notes to editors

About thesaleroom.com: Thesaleroom.com is wholly owned and operated by ATG Media – a global pioneer of auction portals and live and timed online auctions. Thesaleroom.com works with some of Europe’s leading auction houses and in 2014, hosted more than 6,000 auction catalogues and 3,800 auctions for a wide range of auction houses, transacting £140 million in sales online. With over 900,000 unique visitors per month and year-on-year visits growth of 80%, thesaleroom.comprovides a seamless experience to bidders looking to browse, search and bid on fine art and antiques at a wide range of auctions.

About ATG Media: ATG Media’s websites allow bidders from around the world to browse fully illustrated sale catalogues and place bids over the internet in real time with live audio and video feeds delivering the auction room atmosphere. Bidders are also able to participate in timed, online-only auctions.

The sites have exceptional brand recognition - 80% of visitors to ATG's websites visit because they know the brand or they find the brand via organic search. In the past 12 months the sites have sold 1.3m lots totalling in excess of £260m online.

About Mail Boxes Etc.: Mail Boxes Etc. is the UK’s network of high street stores offering reliable express and worldwide delivery, printing, mailbox rental and virtual office services. There are over 1,500 Mail Boxes Etc. locations worldwide, including more than 150 centres in the UK and Ireland.


For more information contact:

ATG Media
Gemma Carver, CMO
0207 725 5682
Gemmacarver@atgmedia.com

Real World Communications
Christina Relf
01962 795173
christina@real-world.com

Mail Boxes Etc.
James Simmons, Marketing Manager
01608 649234
jsimmons@mbe.uk

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