UPDATE 1-Maersk, Hyundai Merchant Marine alliance talks in doubt
* Joining an alliance was precondition for HMM debt relief (Adds Hyundai Merchant Marine refutation, creditor comment, share move, changes slug, dateline)
TEL AVIV, March 13 Israel-based Wix.com, whose technology helps small businesses build and operate websites, has acquired Appixia, a platform for building mobile commerce applications, as part of its mobile expansion strategy.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Wix.com said on Thursday there was a natural correlation between the two companies as both provide code-free solutions enabling small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to build their online sites.
Appixia's platform allows retailers to capitalise on features such as push notifications, barcode scanning, location-based services and credit card scanning.
In October 2013, Wix launched mobile adaptive technology and at the end of 2013 more than 1.6 million mobile websites had been created on the Wix platform.
"Expanding the range of mobile solutions we provide our customers with is a strategic focus for Wix, and by integrating Appixia's technology we can more quickly boost and further diversify our mobile offering." Wix Chief Executive Avishai Avrahami said.
The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the company's adjusted operating results, Wix said.
TOKYO, Dec 9 Japan's Nikkei hit a one-year high on Friday, boosted after Wall Street posted a record close overnight and as the yen weakened against the dollar.
Dec 8 3M Co, the maker of Scotch tape and Post-it notes, said it had entered into agreements to sell its identity management business to Amsterdam-based digital security company Gemalto for $850 million.