Buxton reports positive growth in ’09
Fort Worth, Texas Customer analytics provider Buxton reported Wednesday that the company signed a total of 49 new clients during a solid first half of 2009. New client totals by division are 19 retailers and restaurants, 24 public sector entities and six healthcare organizations.
Retail clients include Carter’s, Under Armour and Massage Heights.
“We’ve had a really strong 2009,” said Charles Wetzel, president and COO of Buxton. “From the retail side of things, retailers still in the game have realized they aren’t going anywhere and it’s time to aggressively plan for 2010. Customer analytics has become a top priority for these retailers, recognizing that their customers – both new and prospective – are what’s keeping their doors open right now.”
During the month of June, more companies inked contracts with Buxton than in any previous month since the company’s inception in 1994.
In addition to the expansive list of new clients this year, the revenue of new contracts has increased over 2008. Moving forward, the company said the remainder of 2009 continues to be promising with a number of retailers, cities, manufacturers and healthcare organizations looking to sign on for projects in the third quarter.
In the third quarter, Buxton said it will announce two new products within its CommunityID division focusing on business retention efforts and identifying retailers for ethnic markets nationwide.
Rite Aid, ADA brush you up on oral hygiene
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid is partnering with the American Dental Association to spread the word on the importance of regular dental visits and good oral hygiene.
Afree oral care guide will be available at more than 4,800 Rite Aid stores nationwide and online at www.riteaid.com starting July 26. The 12-page oral care guide from Rite Aid contains proactive tips from the ADA to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis as well as information on how gum disease may be linked to overall health.
As an added incentive to encourage customers to take charge of their oral health, the purchase of select oral care products of $15 or more July 26 to Sept. 26 will qualify through the Single Check Rebate program for a free Summer Fun tote with $10 worth of magazines, sugarless chewing gum and other items.
Starting July 26, visitors to Rite Aid’s online health information center at www.riteaid.com/health can view flossing and brushing demonstrations, brush up on additional oral health information and learn about oral health through interactive games.
Ebay sees large increase in 2Q revenue
SAN JOSE, Calif. Ebay announced that it posted second quarter revenue of $2.1 billion, a $97.7 million year-over-year decrease. The company recorded net income on a GAAP basis of $327.3 million or 25 cents per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $478.6 million or 37 cents per diluted share.
GAAP operating margin decreased to 19.6% for the quarter, compared to 24.8% for the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating margin decreased to 28.7% for the quarter, compared to 31.9% for the same period last year.
“We drove solid second quarter results, with strong momentum and market share gains at PayPal and continued stabilization in our core eBay business,” said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. “We are managing our business with focus and discipline, delivering on our commitments while investing in our growth priorities. I’m pleased with our pace, our progress and our performance.”