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Thursday, October 09, 2003
BLACKSTONE TO EXHIBIT AT CONVENIENCE STORE INDUSTRY NATIONAL MEETING IN CHICAGO
“The Latest & Greatest” At NACS Includes The Blackstone Touch & Go Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry and the nation’s leading electronic calling card distributor, will exhibit its newest products, including the Blackstone Touch & Go at the NACS Convention & Exposition, October 11-14, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The Blackstone Touch & Go System makes selling prepaid products simple for retailers. An interactive touch-screen sits on the counter and guides the customer through the process of selecting the most appropriate card for the customer’s needs from over 100 prepaid products and services. The customer then pays the cashier, who prints the product onto a thermal card after entering a secure pass code. Touch & Go allows retailers to carry a wide variety of products in a small space and frees the cashier from having to answer questions about each card’s rates and minutes. (click here for link to NACS Magazine article “The Latest & Greatest”, September 2003; http://www.nacsonline.com/NACS/Magazine/default.htm?cs_catalog=NacsProductCatalog&cs_category=New+Products) The conference, sponsored by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), was ranked one of the 50 largest annual trade shows in the country by Tradeshow Week. More than 24,000 industry representatives are expected to attend the exposition, including a Cool New Products Showcase, where retailers can learn about the latest product introductions, including the Blackstone Prepaid Stop. Nationwide, there are nearly 132,000 convenience stores, employing 1.5 million workers. In 2002, the industry reported sales of $290 billion. In addition, convenience stores sell more than 70% of the gasoline purchased in the country, more than 100 billion gallons overall. A pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, Blackstone is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid products and services through over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone provides innovative solutions to local, national and international companies seeking to maximize their full potential – from calling cards, POS terminals, merchant processing, marketing & distribution to self-service, interactive kiosks – Blackstone offers a complete array of services to design, integrate and maintain high-impact, strategic business solutions via our global network of alliances and resources. For information on the convenience store industry, contact Jeff Lenard at NACS at 703-518-4272, e-mail jlenard@nacsonline.com, or log on to www.nacsonline.com Touch & Go™ is a trademark of Blackstone Inc.; Blackstone ® is registered trademark of Blackstone Inc. U.S. and foreign patents pending.