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National Lumber & Hardware to roll out Cardtronics ATMs

BY Staff Writer

Houston — ATM owner Cardtronics said Thursday it has forged a long-term agreement in Puerto Rico with National Lumber & Hardware to install ATMs at 38 locations for the home improvement and interior design retailer.

National Lumber & Hardware is a division of Pitusa, the island’s largest Puerto Rico-based retailer.

In a development linked to Cardtronics’ newly formed relationship with National Lumber & Hardware — as well as a separate ATM branding contract announced in 2010 — Scotiabank will place its brand on all 38 Cardtronics-owned and operated ATMs placed in National Lumber & Hardware stores. Including the National Lumber & Hardware locations, Cardtronics’ ATM branding program has enabled Scotiabank to create convenient surcharge-free ATM access for its customers at more than 90 well-known convenience, grocery and home goods stores and hotel/hospitality spots in Puerto Rico.

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Barnes & Noble earns top rating in 2012 Corporate Equality Index

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — Barnes & Noble said Thursday it has earned the top rating of 100% for the fourth year in a row in the 2012 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Barnes & Noble joins the ranks of 190 other major U.S. businesses, which received top marks for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and consumers.

"It is an honor to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our dedication to recruiting the best and most diverse talent and providing them with expanded and competitive benefits," said Michelle Smith, VP of human resources for Barnes & Noble.

The CEI rated 638 businesses in total on a scale from 0 to 100%, evaluating LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, transgender health benefits and domestic partner benefits.

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Verve Wireless: Electronics No.1 category shopped for on smartphones

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New York City — Consumers and their smartphones are becoming inseparable when it comes to shopping, according to a survey by Verve Wireless, a mobile advertising company, which found that over 60% of respondents use their smartphone for shopping one or more times each month.

The top three product categories shopped for on smartphones are electronics (51%), entertainment (50%), books (45%), closely followed by clothing (38%) and automotive (21%), the survey revealed.

In other findings:

  • The top three retailers users accessed on their mobile device (tablet and smartphone) are Amazon (63%), eBay (37%), and Target (35%)
  • Consumers use their smartphone to look up information on price (48%), followed by product information (24%), reviews (14%) and where to buy (14%).
  • Eighty-one percent of smartphone users have purchased a product or service online or in store after seeking information on their mobile device.

"The results substantiate what our advertising partners have known for a while, that mobile is an essential part of any retailer’s advertising plan," said Greg Hallinan, CMO, Verve Wireless.

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