In its latest tweak to the way it does business, the Chicago Sun-Times is partnering with Clickshare Service Corp. for access control on the newspaper's Web site and subscription management in hopes of increasing paid circulation and adding value to the paper in the eyes of existing customers.
The Sun-Times Media Group Inc. is launching an electronic edition of its flagship Chicago newspaper that will only be available to print subscribers, after recently contracting with the Chicago Tribune for home delivery in the city as well as both home subscriptions and single-copies in the city's suburbs.
The move to have the Tribune take over most of the paper's delivery is intended to save the Sun-Times $5 million each year and help improve customer service.
Massachusetts-based Clickshare also counts Journal Register Co. and Crain Communications Inc. as customers. The privately-owned company's services include online registration, credit card billing, site registration, authentication and subscriptions or per-click billing services, according to a report by DM News.