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PriceSmart has sharp Q2

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Diego – PriceSmart Inc. reported increases in net earnings and revenues during the second quarter of fiscal 2014. Compared to the same period a year earlier, net earnings rose 14% to $28.3 million, from $24.9 million.

Revenues climbed 11% to $674.4 million from $607.4 million. The opening of two new warehouse club stores contributed to PriceSmart’s fiscal performance.

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Sony Entertainment launches mobile content purchase in Canada

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Mateo, Calif. — Sony Network Entertainment International LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC have unveiled a new feature that enables users of participating mobile networks in Canada to top up their account wallet to purchase content from the PlayStation Store and across Sony Entertainment Network using a mobile phone account. Working with mobile payments company Boku, the process allows users to obtain PlayStation Store and Sony Entertainment Network content, including downloadable games, add-ons, themes, movies and TV shows, as well as subscriptions to the Music Unlimited service, with a mobile device.

Mobile billing works in conjunction with select mobile network operators in Canada. From launch, wallet top-ups with mobile billing can be made through the PlayStation Store on PlayStation3 systems or Account Management via the Sony Entertainment Network website. Customers can choose "mobile" as the payment option, enter their mobile phone number, and respond via SMS to confirm the wallet top-up. The wallet top-up charge will appear on their next mobile phone bill, or is debited against their pre-paid account.

"Offering customers the best entertainment content across the PlayStation Store and Sony Entertainment Network is our top priority," said Eric Lempel, VP, Sony Network Entertainment International. "Mobile billing is another secure and convenient way for users to fund their wallet for immediate access to the content they want."

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ECommera names Gartner analyst as marketing chief

BY Dan Berthiaume

London – Big Data technology provider ECommera has named Kevin Sterneckert as chief marketing officer. Sterneckert, who most recently served as the lead retail analyst for Gartner, brings with him more than 20 years of experience in retail leadership.

As Gartner research VP, Sterneckert oversaw analysis of hundreds of retail-focused software solutions each year. He formerly served as the senior director of global product strategy at Oracle Retail, and as the VP of retail for DemandTec. His retail experience includes serving as CIO of a billion-dollar grocer and managing the operations development in the US, as well as directing the supply chain activities in Mexico City for Walmart Supercenters.

“Hundreds of software companies and retailers have relied upon Kevin over the past decade to guide their technology capabilities, hone their commerce prowess and achieve success in this rapidly changing retail market,” said Andrew McGregor, CEO of ECommera. “ECommera is on the leading edge of a monumental shift in the industry, and Kevin is an industry thought leader and authority who can amplify the ECommera brand worldwide to achieve our growth objectives.”

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