Accenture Acquires Media Hive to Expand Its Commerce Capabilities

Acquisition of e-commerce solutions provider bolsters Accenture
Interactive’s ability to deliver integrated
commerce experiences
that leverage Salesforce Commerce Cloud

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Media
, an e-commerce solutions provider with expertise in
cross-channel commerce strategy, custom application development, and the
creation of innovative retail experiences for any device. The
acquisition will strengthen the capabilities of Accenture
around Salesforce Commerce Cloud (previously Demandware)
implementations and the delivery of best-in-class commerce experiences
for clients.

As the Demandware 2016 North America Delivery Partner of the Year, Media
Hive will bring an award-winning team of strategists, consultants,
delivery and support specialists, with proven expertise in platform
development, systems architecture, interactive experiences, retail
innovation and digital commerce. With a strong competency in information
architecture and content strategy, the Media Hive team has delivered
transformational commerce work for some of the leading luxury retail
brands including, Shiseido Group, Theory, Hanna Anderrson, Lucky Brand,
Citizen Watch Company of America, and more.

Founded in 2003 by Thomas McGee, co-founder and Greg O’Keeffe,
co-founder and chief executive officer, Media Hive is based in Asbury
Park, N.J. with a second office in Brooklyn, New York.

“With the acquisition of Media Hive, we are significantly strengthening
our commerce capabilities, particularly in Salesforce Commerce Cloud,”
said Glen
, head of Accenture Interactive, North America. “The
acquisition of Demandware by Salesforce has created a new opportunity
for Accenture to deliver seamless e-commerce solutions to clients built
on Salesforce Commerce Cloud. Together, we will bring together Accenture
Interactive’s omni-channel marketing expertise and scale with Media
Hive’s robust technical and retail expertise to drive the ultimate
commerce experience for our clients.”

Accenture Interactive offers end-to-end commerce services, ranging from
digital commerce strategy and design to platform delivery and managed
services. It was named a leader in both “The Forrester Wave™: B2B Global
Commerce Service Providers, Q1 2015” and “The Forrester Wave™: B2C
Global Commerce Service Providers, Q1 2015.”

“Becoming a part of Accenture Interactive will provide the ability to
bring our all-star technical talent and strong retail client
relationships together with Accenture’s scale and leading industry
expertise,” said Vince Santo, chief operating officer and president of
Media Hive. “Our team is thrilled to join Accenture as it provides a
unique opportunity for the team to grow and continue to drive value for
our clients.”

“It is amazing to see the energy in our ecosystem surrounding Salesforce
Commerce Cloud,” said Jeffrey Barnett, CEO, Salesforce Commerce Cloud.
“We are thrilled to see one of our most strategic partners double down
to support the transformation of retailer customers.”

Accenture was one of the first global companies to establish a strategic
alliance partnership with Salesforce, and continues to grow and
strengthen its position as a leading ecosystem partner. Whether working
with Salesforce on the launch of Salesforce Einstein, introducing more
than 15 new industry Fullforce solutions to date or training one of the
largest ecosystem workforces, with more than 9,500 Salesforce skilled
professionals, Accenture’s ongoing investment in building deep
specialist skills and leading capabilities is unique in the Salesforce

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About Accenture Interactive

Accenture Interactive helps the world’s leading brands transform their
customer experiences across the entire customer journey. Through our
connected offerings in design, marketing, content and commerce, we
create new ways to win in today’s experience-led economy. Accenture
Interactive was ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest
Ad Age Agency Report. To learn more follow us @accenturesocial and

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a
broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital,
technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and
specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business
functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network –
Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their
stakeholders. With more than 401,000 people serving clients in more than
120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world
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