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Burger King testing mobile payments

BY Marianne Wilson

Atlanta — Burger King Corp. has launched a mobile payments pilot program in partnership with Firethorn Mobile, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc.

The BK Mobile Crown Card allows consumers to pay for their purchase by using an Android or iOS-based phone to scan a QR tag placed on counters or drive-up windows of participating restaurants. The pilot is taking place in approximately 50 Burger King restaurants in Salt Lake City, and surrounding metropolitan areas.

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Dollar Tree re-elects board members

BY CSA STAFF

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree shareholders have re-elected a number of board members among other initiatives passed at the company’s annual meeting.

Shareholders re-elected Arnold S. Barron, Macon F. Brock, Jr., Mary Anne Citrino, J. Douglas Perry, Thomas A. Saunders III, Thomas E. Whiddon, and Carl P. Zeithaml to serve on the board of directors. Each of these Directors received a majority of the votes cast at the meeting.

In addition, shareholders passed a proposal to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the company’s named executive officers and ratified the selection of KPMG as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm. Both of these proposals received a majority of votes cast at the meeting.

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Esprit chairman leaves unexpectedly

BY CSA STAFF

HONGKONG — Esprit Holdings’ chairman has unexpectedly resigned, just one day after the sudden departure of CEO Ronald van der Vis.

Chairman Hans-Joachim Korber said he is leaving for personal reasons, while van der Vis’s reasons were described as “personal and family.” CFO Chew Fook Aun left the company on June 1.

Analysts said that the departures had raised concerns that more problems may be afoot at the retailer. Korber’s – who is replaced by Raymond Or, a former chief executive at Hang Seng Bank — resignation takes effect immediately, Esprit said, while Van der Vis’ starts around July.

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