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Alliance Data Systems extends agreement with Samuels Jewelers

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corp., a provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, announced its retail services business has signed a multi-year renewal agreement to continue managing the private-label credit card program for Samuels Jewelers, which operates 104 stores under several banners.

Alliance Data will continue to provide Samuels Jewelers with a turnkey private-label credit card solution that offers cardholders flexible financing and payment options; exclusive cardholder offers; early event notices and invitations to cardholder-only events; and helpful reminders and savings offers for special occasions.

Alliance Data also will support Samuels Jewelers’ rebranding efforts for the Diamond Elite Card by redesigning card marketing collateral and reissuing card plastics this fall.

“Over the years, Alliance Data has helped us grow our cardholder base and drive sales,” said Michael Feinman, COO of Samuels Jewelers. “We look forward to continuing to work with Alliance Data to continue developing truly integrated credit and marketing solutions for our growing business.”

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IHL Study: Self-checkouts on the rise

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Self-checkout technology continues to rise in importance at retailers in North America, according to a new study by IHL Group.

The 2012 North American Kiosk Study finds that self-checkout shipments are increasing 8% year to year, with self-checkout transactions exceeding $255 billion annually in North America. Kooking Transactions are growing better than 7% per year in North America, and expected to grow past $1.0 trillion by 2014.

The tracks the the shipments, installed base, and revenue turn through kiosks in 5 different categories: self-checkout, ticketing, check-In, postal, food ordering, and other kiosks (which is inclusive of DVD rentals). For more, visit ihlservices.com/ihl/

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Barnes & Noble in deal with U.K.’s John Lewis

BY CSA STAFF

New York — Barnes & Noble announced that it will enter into a partnership with British retailer John Lewis to offer its Nook electronic readers in the United Kingdom.

John Lewis is the first Nook partner for Barnes & Noble outside the United States.

“John Lewis is where knowledgeable customers turn for trusted advice on the best products to purchase, and they are a perfect partner to help launch Nook in the U.K.,” said Jamie Iannone, president of digital products at Barnes & Noble.

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