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Monday, June 16, 2003
NAVARRO DISCOUNT PHARMACIES DEPLOY BLACKSTONE’S PREPAID ONE STOP PORTAL THROUGHOUT CHAIN
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, announced today the successful deployment of the Blackstone Prepaid One Stop, a self-service interactive kiosk, throughout the nation’s largest Hispanic discount retail chain, Navarro Discount Pharmacies (www.navarro.com). According to Gabriel Navarro, Navarro’s vice president of operations, the results have been nothing short of phenomenal, “category (prepaid) revenue has jumped 40%, and we no longer need to divert staff to help people pick out and activate cards”. The Prepaid One Stop offers an entire category of prepaid products and services – prepaid cellular & long distance calling cards, gift certificates & gift cards, home phone service, traffic school, loyalty programs, etc. - without worrying about staffing, inventory, shelf space, training or theft. Plus, the kiosk does all the work as the user-friendly audio and touch-screen display guides the customer through the entire process, including the selection of the best calling card with the maximum minutes. “The kiosk offers all of the prepaid domestic and international cards that a customer can be looking for - as opposed to us only carry a few due to inventory/space issues – plus, there’s no live inventory; PINs are delivered and printed once payment has been received. It is great for the consumers in that they can select the country that they desire to use it for and the kiosk then tells them the most economical card based on the rates per country,” adds Navarro. 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. Blackstone POS, Blackstone V-Commerce and Blackstone e-Vending are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.