Luria's is back but only on the Internet. The famous South Florida-based
chain closed its doors several years ago. Lurias.com founder Dan Fuhrman, president
of La Zahav Jewelers and CEO of Epagos.com, said he is a former vice president
of merchandising at Luria's Department Store. Using the new e-version of the chain,
he said consumers can buy jewelry, housewares and high end gifts at "below
brick-and-mortal retail prices."
High Tech, by Miami Today reporter Candice Ventra, condenses
the latest news in the Miami Internet and technical worlds.
E-PROGRAM: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Internet
& E-Commerce Group is holding a presentation, "The E-Commerce Backbone of
the Americas: The NAP of the Americas and the FloridaMIX" at 8:15 a.m. Dec.
5 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Scheduled to participate
are Richard Castillo of Advanstar and TelePress, Benjamin Finzi of EPIK Communications
and a member of the NOTA Management Committee, Michael McTeigue with Bell South,
Brian Goodkind of Terremark Worldwide and Nicki Lordi of Telcordian Technologies.
Cost is $30; $20 for members. Details: Virginie Duponchel, (305) 577-5444.
Viajo.com and Visa International announced a strategic alliance to serve the Spanish-
and Portuguese-speaking markets over the web. Under terms of the recently signed
agreement, say Viajo executives, Visa becomes the preferred method of payment
and office sponsor of the portal's "Special Offers" page. Viajo's Enrigue
R. Felgueres Jr., president and CEO, called it a "win-win situation for both
companies." He said the "Special Offers" page can be accessed by
more than 120,000 registered users.
ADDED AT SKYBOX:
Miami-based Skybox.net this month said it has introduced three services on its
trilingual client site a "total-cost estimator" to calculate
merchandise, shipping and customs charges before users buy; a special holiday
shopping section targeting Latin American consumers and a Europe Shopping page
where consumers can use an address in Madrid to shop online. At this point, says
President A.J. Hernandez, Skybox is handling more than 6,000 business-to-consumer
shipments weekly to Latin America and the Caribbean.