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Tuesday, December 31, 2002
BLACKSTONE TO EXHIBIT AT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION’S EXPO IN NEW YORK CITY
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, will exhibit its newest products and services at the National Retail Federation’s 92nd Annual Convention & EXPO, January 12-15, 2003, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. According to Clare Morgan, Blackstone’s director of corporate communications, “Over 12,000 national and international retailers will gather at NRF – to discuss stock market performance, economic vitality, shifting consumer expectations and new retail trends - it is our opportunity to introduce our latest products, including our eVending and dynamic gift card distribution programs to them.” The National Retail Federation (www.nrf.com) is the world's largest retail trade association with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet and independent stores. NRF members represent an industry that encompasses more than 1.4 million U.S. retail establishments, employs more than 20 million people -- about 1 in 5 American workers -- and registered 2001 sales of $3.5 trillion. NRF's international members operate stores in more than 50 nations. In its role as the retail industry's umbrella group, NRF also represents 32 national and 50 state associations in the U.S. as well as 36 international associations representing retailers abroad. Blackstone, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone is privately owned, and managed by a team of executives experienced in payment processing, networking, information services, retailing and telecommunications. Today, Blackstone provides solutions enabling companies around the world to maximize their full potential by utilizing Blackstone’s 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, call 1-800-639-9590 or visit www.blackstoneonline.com