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Bling, Brookshire partner toward mobile tap-to-pay rewards

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Mt. Pleasant, Texas Bling Nation said Tuesday that Brookshire Grocery Co. will introduce a “Bling” tap-and-pay program for purchases and rewards. Customers are offered a 5% savings with every transaction up to $100 by using BlingTags at the Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods banners.

“Through this introductory program, we are bringing the convenience of mobile payments for our busy customers to pay for groceries, while earning bank rewards with just one tap of their phone,” said Tony Mize, store director of Brookshire’s #16 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Customers with a checking account at local community banks sign up and activate a BlingTag, a quarter-sized microchip sticker that adheres to the back of their mobile phone at any Brookshire’s store and at Bling Nation kiosks at select Brookshire’s locations in Mt. Pleasant. Each time a payment is made using a BlingTag, the consumer receives a transaction confirmation and account balance by text message, and loyalty rewards points are automatically tracked.

Brookshire Grocery Co. operates 151 stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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GSMA announces latest speaker lineup for Mobile World Congress

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LONDON The GSMA announced that the CEOs of Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, RIM, SoftBank and Yahoo! will be making keynote speeches at Mobile World Congress, which will be held Feb. 14 to 17, 2011 in Barcelona.

“The 2011 Mobile World Congress features an unparalleled lineup of keynote speakers from companies spanning the full mobile communications ecosystem,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA. “Attendees will have access to the individuals and organisations who are leading the mobile transformation, gaining important perspectives and insights on the future of communications.”

 

Recently confirmed Mobile World Congress keynote speakers are:

 

    * Paul Otellini, president and CEO, Intel     * Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft     * Stephen Elop, president and CEO, Nokia     * Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO, NTT DoCoMo     * Jim Balsillie, co-CEO, Research In Motion     * Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO, SoftBank     * Carol Bartz, CEO, Yahoo!

 

Previously announced speakers include:

 

    * Daniel Hajj, CEO, America Movil and Telcel     * Randall Stephenson, chairman, CEO and president, AT&T     * Li Yue, president and CEO, China Mobile     * Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google     * Peter Chou, CEO, HTC     * Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO, Qualcomm     * Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square     * Evan Williams, co-founder, Twitter     * Vittorio Colao, chief executive, Vodafone     * Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive, WPP

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One size does not fit most

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Apparel sales at Target were weak in October, registering a decline in the low single-digit range, while sales at competitors with greater exposure to apparel were mixed. For example, Macy’s registered a 2.5% comp increase, but such rivals as Dillard’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s posted declines of 1%, 1.9% and 2.5% respectively. Meanwhile, such off-price chains as Ross Stores and TJX Companies continue to show strength and exceeded their sales plans. Ross gained 4% and TJX results, although flat for the month, were at the high end of the company’s guidance that was tempered by a double digit gain the prior year. The strongest performance was turned in by retailers who appeal to more affluent shoppers. Saks reported an 8.1% increase and Nordstrom posted a 3.4% increase.

 

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