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Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Blackstone (, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry and the nation’s leading electronic calling card distributor, proudly announces that is has been selected by NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores, to participate in its “Cool New Products Workshops” during NACS 2003, October 11-14 in Chicago, IL. The “Cool New Products Workshops” were created to give retailers and wholesale distributors a chance to hear directly from suppliers about new products and to learn techniques for using them to attract customers and build sales. Each session includes an 8-minute “sales call” from six of the twelve companies selected by a panel of retail members. Other companies participating in the workshops include Clorox, Met-Rx, Snapple and Snickers. Blackstone was selected to share information on its newest product, the Blackstone Prepaid Stop, a self-service interactive kiosk. The Prepaid Stop offers retailers an entire category of prepaid products and services – prepaid cellular & long distance calling cards, gift certificates & gift cards, home phone service, flowers, traffic school, newspaper subscriptions, prescription cards, loyalty programs, etc. - without worrying about staffing, inventory, shelf space, training or theft. The Blackstone Prepaid Stop does not display or store live inventory; e-PINs are delivered and the system prints the requested product once payment has been received. The NACS Show is the $290 billion convenience store and petroleum marketing industry’s premier event. The exposition, with more 370,000 square feet of exposition space and over 1200 exhibitors, has become the place to learn about new products and services. The NACS Show was listed as one of the 50 largest trade shows in the country by Tradeshow Week magazine. More than 24,000 people are expected to attend the four-day meeting. To learn more please visit 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 more information on Blackstone’s products and services visit or call 1-800-639-9590.