Core Associates™

lastminute.com

lastminute.com is one of Europe's leading online retailers offering lifestyle products. Based on the idea of matching supply and demand, it offers consumers last minute opportunities to acquire airline tickets, hotel rooms, package holidays, entertainment tickets, restaurant reservations and home delivery, speciality services, gifts and auctions.

Operating in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan, lastminute.com has established approximately 15,000 supplier relationships and over 7 million subscribers to its weekly newsletter.

lastminute.com also owns and operates online brands travelselect.com, travel4less.co.uk, eXhilaration.co.uk in the UK and Degriftour.com, travelprice.com and holidayautos.com in Europe and has a stake in LCC24.com the online vehicle for Lufthansa City Center in Germany.

lastminute.com is ranked as the leading online travel agency in Europe. (source: PhoCusWright survey April 2003)

"......Now the lastminute.com business is well established, the IT focus has moved to optimising systems and lowering the cost of processing customer transactions--and Open Source plays a big part in this strategy.

By working in partnership with Core Developer Network, we have been able to leverage the world of Open Source to deliver these optimised solutions for our business.

A JBoss™ cluster now runs a significant part of our website and, with Core Developers Network's help, we have a programme of work to migrate the other parts to Open Source based solutions as well.

Looking to the future, we expect to work closely with Core Developers Network on this and other OpenSource initiatives...."