FINANCE

Zale uses NewComLink platform to expand customer financing options

BY Staff Writer

Austin, Texas — NewComLink announced that Zale Corp. has implemented the NewComLink platform as part of its new program to provide alternative financing options to its U.S. customers.

Zale announced the new alternative financing program on Aug. 31.

“We are continually looking for new ways to build additional long-term loyalty and sales,” said Ken Brumfield, VP of financial products for Zale. “The NewComLink platform allows us to leverage our current systems and processes to expand the financing options we offer our customers. The result is that even more customers can now purchase fine jewelry — easily and affordably.”

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Report: Barnes & Noble expected to debut new Nook

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New York City — Barnes & Noble is expected to unveil the new Nook — its response to Amazon.com’s new Kindle Fire tablet — next Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Barnes & Noble invited journalists and analysts to a news conference for a "very special announcement" that day.

The invitation follows Amazon.com’s launch of Kindle Fire in late September. The e-book reader was upgraded to be able to surf the web, stream movies and TV and support thousands of apps in addition to being an e-book reader. The Kindle Fire starts shipping Nov.15.

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H&R Block to offer tax services in Walmart stores

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Kansas City, Mo. — H&R Block said it will provide tax preparation services in an estimated 300 Wal-Mart locations nationwide beginning in December.

“This new partnership with the world’s largest retailer allows us to serve more customers at times and locations that fit their busy lifestyles,” said H&R Block president and CEO Bill Cobb.

H&R Block will offer its products and services at its kiosks in Wal-Mart.

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