Posh Squash quenches thirst for natural drinks reports Waitrose

Released on = August 31, 2007, 9:10 am

Press Release Author = Waitrose

Industry = Retail

Press Release Summary = Waitrose reports a 17% rise in sales of cordials designed for adults which contain natural ingredients and reflect more traditional British flavours.

Press Release Body = Adults are getting cordial with grown up posh squash, according to national retailer Waitrose, which has 183 outlets across the UK.

Cordials designed for adults are growing at the rate of 17% year on year – far outstripping the growth levels of traditional kid’s squashes, research by Waitrose (http://www.waitrose.com) concluded.

Waitrose attributes the surge in sales to ‘designated driver’ dinner guests looking for a non alcoholic, yet refined alternative to wine to go with their meal. Gym goers have also been identified as part of the trend by looking to hydrate themselves with something tastier than water after a work out session.

The rise in sales of the cordials might also relate to older shoppers feeling nostalgic towards the flavours of their childhoods and their desire to avoid fizzy drinks. The most popular adult cordials are the more traditional flavours with elderflower and ginger generating 50% of total posh squash sales.

Elderflower tops the posh squash charts with 38% of sales and featuring in three out of five of the top squashes. Ginger is also a hit with 12% of total sales.

Many of the cordials (http://www.waitrose.com) are made in the UK by British brands and have a high fruit content for a full flavour and have less of a reliance on artificial flavourings and sweeteners. Some shoppers are also opting for squashes that have been ethically produced and use organic (http://www.waitrose.com) ingredients.

Sales of squashes containing so called “superfoods” (http://www.waitrose.com) which have been shown to have health benefits such as pomegranate have also risen.

Cordials are not just for drinking anymore either. There are many recipes (http://www.waitrose.com/food/cookingandrecipes/index.aspx) that use cordials as ingredients that can be found on the Waitrose website. Not just for sweet puddings, manycordial varieties can be used in savory dishes.

James Hodgson, Waitrose Cordial Buyer said:

“Cordials have really grown up with the adult palate in mind – gone are the days when they were just kid’s stuff. Now a glass of cordial is the height of sophistication, with customers using adult cordials to mix cocktails and make desserts.”

Web Site = http://www.waitrose.com/

Contact Details = Contact
Charlotte Hutley
The SPA Way
4 Leathermarket Street
London
SE1 3HN
t:0207 403 6900
http://www.waitrose.com/

Select Property offers flexible 10 year payment plan on their latest Turkish development

 

Released on = August 31, 2007, 3:15 am

Press Release Author = Select Property

Industry = Real Estate

Press Release Summary = Select Property, supplier of high-quality overseas property for investment purposes has announced it will offer a flexible ten year payment plan for buyers in their latest development at the Bay of Gulluk, Bodrum.

Press Release Body = Select Property, the leading supplier of high-quality overseas property for investment purposes has announced that it will offer purchasers a flexible ten year payment plan when buying in their latest development in the Bay of Gulluk, Turkey.

Removing the need for a loan or mortgage, which are not yet commonplace in Turkey, Select Property is offering purchasers a 75% non-status lengthy payment plan for property in their new Horizon Sky development (http://www.selectproperty.com/invest/turkey/investment-property/horizon-sky/).

“Turkey is speculated to be the ‘New St TropezРІР‚в„ў and now our customers can take advantage of this exciting market, with the additional comfort that their low monthly installments can be covered by rental income”, commented Mark Stott, managing director, Select Property (http://www.selectproperty.com/).

Horizon Sky has all the elements required of a strong investment property, itРІР‚в„ўs ideal for our purchasers who want to generate revenue from weekly or monthly holiday-lets while the value of their property increases.”

The New St Tropez…

Turkey as a whole is on the verge of becoming a mainstream international holiday destination with a 20% growth in tourist numbers each year for the past 2 years, and since Gulluk is yet to be developed it offers the financial benefits of investing in an early moverРІР‚в„ўs paradise.

Select Property believes that the parallels with St Tropez and the Bay of Gulluk are evident; The Bay will ultimately become the most exclusive waterside resort in Turkey (http://www.selectproperty.com/invest/turkey/investment-property/horizon-sky/about-horizon-sky/). Plans have already been approved to create a 300 berth marina by 2010, with restaurants, designer shops and bars to follow. With this type of high profile development underway, a rise in property prices is expected to follow naturally with an increase in demand for modern, stylish property on the water.

Designed by award winning Turkish architect Eren Talu, Horizon SkyРІР‚в„ўs two bedroom/two bathroom Turkish townhouses (http://www.selectproperty.com/invest/turkey/investment-property/horizon-sky/inspired-design/), starting from Р’Р€63,865, include a spacious lounge/diner, fully fitted kitchen, private garden and a second floor terrace. The finished development will offer a range of restaurants and full leisure facilities, including 16 swimming pools, a 100ft sundeck promenade and manicured gardens. A full concierge service will also enable properties to be rented as serviced apartments. The whole complex is due for completion in 2010.

About Select Property
Select Property was established in 2003 with the aim of enabling more people to benefit from the lifestyle and financial rewards of owning a property abroad. The company searches the world to identify those countries and regions which are considered investment hotspots – locations which can potentially make the strongest financial return. The companyРІР‚в„ўs expert team then carefully selects every development in accordance with five key principals: ease of purchase, Price, Location, Desirability and Credibility. By using these principles as the benchmark for each development Select Property ensure its customers have access to an impressive portfolio of property.

Select Property currently offers property in Dubai, Turkey, Spain, Morocco and Bulgaria.

 

Web Site = http://www.selectproperty.com/invest/turkey/

Contact Details = PR contact:
Helen White
Select Property
The Box
Brooke Court
Lower Meadow Road
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 3ND
0161 4883912
http://www.selectproperty.com/invest/turkey/

“Mobile ADS, just one click away, now with MobiTMS”

 

Released on = August 30, 2007, 1:08 am

Press Release Author = David Jacka

Industry = Advertising

Press Release Summary = Advertisers looking to deliver Internet ad campaigns directly in the users pocket can now use the “TMS ADCodes” service from MobiTMS a Internet Mobile Services provider.

Press Release Body = MobiTMS LTD

Contact:
David Jacka
david@tms.com.ph
Office +63 32 233 88 23

“Mobile ADS, just one click away, now with MobiTMS”.

Advertisers looking to deliver Internet ad campaigns directly in the users pocket can now use the “TMS ADCodes” service from MobiTMS a Internet Mobile Services provider.

MobiTMS offer an approach to mobile advertising as a business decision not anymore a technical challenge for ad agencies (for the development) and consumers (for the access).

After the successful launching in Asia of a NIKE/Ogilvy campaign which offered Mobile Ads videos of NBA stars (Lebron James, Kidd, Pierce, Stoudemire), MobiTMS (www.mobitms.com) the provider of “TMS” a suite of Mobile Internet Services announced the worldwide launching of its Mobile Advertising service “TMS ADCodes” which will make ad campaigns accessible to more than 500 million mobile phones, including 450 phone models operating on more than 350 wireless networks worldwide. This platform enables AD Agencies to get mobile sites, include videos, transfer RSS Feeds & well-known digital tools contents (TMS offers an automatic mobile version of blogs, Flickr albums, Twitter feed, Shozu feed…), develop mobile polls, create the linked TMS 2D barcode and follow the campaign statistics in real time on-line.

The service opens a way to launch mobile Internet campaigns over GPRS, 3G or WIFI networks and offers a user friendly access with just one mobile scan on a TMS barcode incorporated on print ads or on a web site.

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About MobiTMS
MobiTMS (http://mobitms.com) is the provider of the wireless “TMS” suite of Internet Mobile Services – a “SMS 2.0” company – which allows consumers to Access, Surf and/or Buy contents or products with mobile phones in 1 sequence. TMS is “SIM card OPEN” and can be used everywhere in the world. The TMS Platform associates a new generation of tools: an international standard 2D barcode platform (which can generate QR, EZ, Datamatrix codes), a mobile contents management platform (Mobile reader of RSS feeds and web blogs), a Mobile Payment solution (with real time mobile billing, Telco independent) and a Payback program (which allows a user to win money for his TMS wallet after he has watched mobile Ads). MobiTMS offers the TMS services: “TMS Factory” and “TMS Mobile Payworld” to the Mobile Internet user community via its Web & Wap Portal “TMS Republic” (www.tmsrepublic.com). And the TMS solution (TMS ADCodes & TMS MediaCodes) to worldwide partners from Advertising & Media linked to I.C.E (Information, Communication, Entertainment) businesses


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Web Site = http://www.mobitms.com

Contact Details = TMS
4th Floor, Pag Ibig Corporate Tower
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Philippines
Tel +63 32 232 8922
E-Mail david@tms.com.ph

Wanted: Beachfront villas in Spain according to new report by thinkproperty.com

 

Released on = August 30, 2007, 8:32 am

Press Release Author = ThinkProperty.com

Industry = Real Estate

Press Release Summary = According to a new Overseas Desirability Report by thinkproperty.com a place by the beach in Spain is the most desired overseas property.

Press Release Body = According to a new Overseas Desirability Report by thinkproperty.com, an independent property portal with over 400,000 UK and overseas properties, a place by the beach in Spain is the most desired overseas property.

Over forty percent of UK home owners are interested in buying overseas property in the future, with one quarter interested in buying their property in Spain or the Balearics, according to the new Overseas Desirability Report which was conducted amongst more than 2,700 home owners nationwide.

Thinkproperty.com (http://www.thinkproperty.com/) currently stocks over 400,000 UK and overseas properties, with over 1,500 properties in Spain (http://www.thinkproperty.com/overseas/search-12) and over 200,000 properties in France (http://www.thinkproperty.com/overseas/search-3).

The Report highlights all of the elements which home buyers are looking for when it comes to finding their ideal overseas property (http://www.thinkproperty.com/overseas.htm), and the lengths that buyers will go to in order to secure their ideal home abroad.

Location is the most important factor, with respondents looking for an idyllic location. The results show forty five percent of respondents would like their ideal home to be situated by the beach/sea followed by a town location (15 percent) and a village location (13 percent), in the hills (10 percent) and in a ‘tourist’ area (9 percent).

Thirty five percent want to live in a small villa, followed by twenty percent who would like to live in an apartment, and 17 percent who wish to live in a large villa. Just eight percent would be happy to live in a townhouse.

Mark Goddard, Managing Director of thinkproperty.com comments: “Our new Overseas Desirability Report gives a good indication of what home owners want from a property abroad, giving estate agents a clearer picture of what consumers are looking for. We have found the demand for overseas property growing steadily over the past six months and predict that it will continue to rise.”

thinkproperty.com now has the largest choice of overseas property compared to any other online property portal, we listen to what home movers are looking for from a property portal and provide it accordingly. Our Overseas Desirability Report highlights the increasing demand for overseas property, and we are proud to offer home movers the widest choice available via a property portal.”

The top five features that are most important to home owners when thinking about their ideal overseas properties gives a clear indication to estate agents about which areas of a house would make-or-break the sale of a property. The most important feature is the overall location (100 percent), followed by being situated close to local amenities (eighty eight percent), having central heating/air conditioning (sixty five percent), a good sense of local community (fifty seven percent) and located in a quiet area (fifty percent).

Thirty five percent would buy a property overseas as a holiday home with one quarter wanting to live abroad permanently, twenty two percent are wanting to buy overseas property to rent (http://www.thinkproperty.com/renting.htm) back out and fifteen percent are looking to buy an overseas property for when they retire abroad.

About thinkproperty.com
thinkproperty.com features comprehensive property details including multiple photographs, detailed descriptions, floor plans, location maps and virtual tours.

thinkproperty.com is the only major UK property portal which is fully embracing Web 2.0 functionality. The new improvements include search results displayed on a map direct from the homepage and the ability for visitors to save their searches and be instantly updated with new properties via email and RSS.

 

Web Site = http://www.thinkproperty.com/

Contact Details = PR Contact
Karen Hughes
The Drum Consultancy
18, Soho Square
London
W1D 3QL
0207 025 8044
http://www.thinkproperty.com/

Singles.com reviews two of the hottest dating sites on the web

 

Released on = August 30, 2007, 4:49 am

Press Release Author = Singles.com

Industry = Internet & Online

Press Release Summary = Singles.com has just added two of the hottest dating sites to itРІР‚в„ўs collection of reviews for over 100 dating websites

Press Release Body = Singles.com has just added comprehensive reviews of what are widely regarded as two of the hottest dating sites on the internet to go along with itРІР‚в„ўs offering of timely, objective reviews of over 100 dating websites.

With such a large pool of dating sites to draw from, the newly re-launched Singles.com helps users sift through the maze of online dating sites. Providing an objective, unbiased review of each site, Singles.com allows users to make an informed decision prior to purchase. Just added to the mix are two of the most widely talked about sites; SinglesNet.com and Mate1.com. Singles.com also offers special deals on many dating sites, including a range of benefits from unlimited free trials on leading adult dating sites to extensive discounts on various other types of dating websites.

Singles.com offers people looking for the best dating sites comprehensive reviews and dating options right in their area, making it easier for dating site users to find friends, possible dates and potential partners. Users can rest assured that the dating site reviews found at Singles.com provide professional advice and a first-rate comparison service.

Mike Youtan, V.P. of Business Development at Singles.com, commented: “We are thrilled to have reviewed these two sites. Our goal is to constantly evolve and have the decision making process as simple as possible for Singles.comРІР‚в„ўs users. WhatРІР‚в„ўs more, we make it easy for our users to find exactly the right sort of dating site for their particular interests – whether itРІР‚в„ўs adult dating, ethnic dating or religion dating.”

And since the new Singles.com site is 100% free and does not require membership, our users can rest assured that if they don’t find the dating site that’s right for them, they can browse our reviews and try again.”

Special offers are only available to Singles.com surfers. Singles.com also hosts a table of the Top 10 rated dating sites, including BigChurch.com, LonelyWivesDatingClub.com and MillionaireMatch.com, amongst many others. With a variety of testimonials available to view online, new users will be able to see just why Singles.com is the ultimate guide to online dating.

About Singles.com
Singles.com offers professional dating site reviews with no membership required. Singles.com was created in order to allow people to learn the pros and cons of dating websites before joining. By helping internet dating site users make informed decisions; the site has already solidified itself as the utmost authority on the topic in its short history.

Singles.com allows people looking for dating sites online to search a range of dating profiles, whether itРІР‚в„ўs an all-inclusive site or a religious, ethnic or location-specific one. Moreover, dating site owners are guaranteed a site review and notification within 72 hours of their application to Singles.com.

Web Site = http://singles.com/

Contact Details = Singles.com contact:
Mike Youtan
VP of Business Development
26500 West Agoura Road
102-595 Calabasas
CA 91302
818 597 6351
http://singles.com/

Just for Redheads Beauty Products Introduces Hair So Fair Fiber Hair Extensions

 

Released on = August 29, 2007, 12:01 pm

Press Release Author = Paula Pennypacker/Just for Redheads

Industry = Apparel & Fashion

Press Release Summary = Now the possiblilities for instant hair transformation for redheads is virtually endless.

Press Release Body = Just for Redheads Beauty ProductsScottsdale, AZ – For redheads, creating the same red-carpet look of long, glamorous hair has been close to impossible until now. That is why Just for Redheads teamed up with hair designer, Sonia DeMaria, from Milano, Italy, to design their new Hair so Fair line. Their objective was simple: To create a line of fiber hair extensions with superior quality, volume, and variety.


Easy to apply, these patented clip-on extensions made with 100% exclusive synthetic Keraflex fiber is available in six gorgeous shades: Blonde, Champagne, Strawberry Blonde, Copper, Red, and Auburn. In five great styles: The Diva Look, 22″ clip-on extension, the Medium Hair Extension, 14” clip-on extension, the Hair Comb, the Hair Headband, and the Hair Scrunchie.
* Go from long to short, down-do to up-do, in an instant
* No heat! No glue!
* Just snap, clip, and go.
* Clip on and take off extensions – all by yourself

“I have never received so many compliments on my hair. Our hair extensions look totally natural,” says Paula Pennypacker, founder of Just for Redheads. “For my new wash and go look, I simply wait for my hair to dry, then using the Strawberry Blonde Scrunchie, I wrap it around my ponytail, just like a rubber band at the nape of my neck. In seconds I have a polished, sophisticated look.”

JFRРІР‚в„ўs Hair so Fair line starts at $19.00 for the Scrunchie, up to $98 for the Diva Extension. The entire Hair so Fair line and how-to video may be viewed on our Web site, www.justforredheads.com. All Just for Redheads Beauty Products may be ordered online or by phone via catalog at 1-800-831-8240.

The Scrunchie, Diva, and Medium Extension are available in shades other than reds and blonde, via special request at Just for Redheads.

 

Web Site = http://www.justforredheads.com

Contact Details = Just for Redheads, 16622 N. 91st Street, Bldg B, #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Cell – 480-221-0976, FAX – 480-361-6076, paula@justforredheads.com.

BalanceLogic LLC and POCmarketing Form Partnership Alliance

 

Released on = August 29, 2007, 11:53 am

Press Release Author = Bill Campbell, BalanceLogic, LLC

Industry = Accounting

Press Release Summary = Team Up To Provide More Comprehensive Services to Small and Medium-Sized Clients

Press Release Body = BalanceLogic LLC, a business support service provider for small and medium businesses has forged an alliance with POCmarketing, a full service marketing communications company. The partnership enhances both companyРІР‚в„ўs services to help clients fill in the missing pieces of the business puzzle.

BalanceLogic focuses on providing the core business operational needs of small and medium size businesses – accounting & bookkeeping, IT support, HR, web design, and administrative services. The new partnership with POCmarketing adds marketing communications as the missing piece of puzzle for business growth.

“Our business support services enable our clients to concentrate on building their businesses, now weРІР‚в„ўre able to offer them marketing services to help them reach that next level of growth. After reviewing several companies, we find POCmarketing as the best fit for our clients” said Bill Campbell, President & CEO of BalanceLogic.

“We’re excited to become part of BalanceLogicРІР‚в„ўs network of business partners,” according to Molly Chen of POCmarketing. “Our clients are as aggressive as any business in growing a successful business. While our marketing services help them reach their goals quickly and cost-effectively, we want to make sure they are not slowed down by attending to time consuming day-to-day business needs such as bookkeeping and IT problems. BalanceLogic is a natural fit for us and for our client needs.”

About BalanceLogic, LLC
BalanceLogic, LLC, is a provider of business support services to corporations and government agencies, with a strong focus of aligning business objectives. BalanceLogic, LLC offers the widest range of business support services by any single company. This powerful support force allows small businesses to gain a competitive edge over their competition. Our support force includes the following divisions; Financial Services, Technology Services, Web Services, Human Resources Services, & Administrative Services.

For more information about BalanceLogic, LLC, visit www.balancelogic.com


About POCmarketing
POCmarketing is a full service marketing communications company. Services provided include marketing strategies, collateral development, public relations, creative campaign, and web programs. The company helps small to mid-size businesses create and deploy high impact, high quality, yet practical and cost-effective marketing strategies.

For more information about POCmarketing, please contact 301-997-1308, info@pocmarketing.net or visit www.pocmarketing.net.

Web Site = http://www.balancelogic.com

Contact Details = For more information about BalanceLogic, LLC, visit www.balancelogic.com


For more information about POCmarketing, please contact 301-997-1308, info@pocmarketing.net or visit www.pocmarketing.net.

Tesco Baby & Toddler Club celebrates 10 blooming years

Released on = August 29, 2007, 9:33 am

Press Release Author = Tesco

Industry = Retail

Press Release Summary = The 10 year anniversary of the Tesco Baby & Toddler Club is marked by the launch of a new online service offering added support for new and
expecting parents

Press Release Body = For the last 10 years, the phenomenally successful Tesco Baby & Toddler Club has helped over 1m parents throughout the UK by providing them with support at just the time they need it most. Now, to mark its 10th birthday, the Club has launched a compelling new set of member benefits and a fantastic new website.

Celebrating a new arrival – Baby & Toddler Club online (http://www.tesco.com/babyclub/) in keeping with the Tesco ‘Every Little Helps’ philosophy, and in direct response to the 98% of Baby & Toddler Club members who asked Tesco for support through an online service.

“Our members told us that while they really valued the information we gave them through the Club magazines, they wanted an online offering as well. This allows us to provide support when parents need it most – even if that is at 3am with a screaming baby“, says Jenna Copeland, Tesco Baby & Toddler Club Manager.

“Our new website means that mums can instantly access the information they need and, if they need further reassurance, can contact other mums in our Chat Room. This new initiative is just part of the commitment Tesco is putting behind providing our customers with the very best in online services and we know it is something that will be welcomed not only by our members, but by parents throughout the UK.”

The Baby & Toddler Club online will offer a wealth of information at parentsРІР‚в„ў fingertips, as well as being a genuine 24/7 club where mums can make new friends online, share experiences and offer each other support. Other features include:

‘You and Your Baby’ – a comprehensive guide to all the ups and downs of pregnancy and the first 3 years of parenthood & childhood.

Recipes– recipes for pregnant women, babies & toddlers.

Baby Diaries – true life diaries of a pregnant mum, a new mum and a dad of two toddlers.

Ask an expert – FAQ on topics from nutrition and development to child psychology and relationships. An opportunity to post a question to be answered by one of 10 Baby & Toddler Club experts.

Baby forums – customers who register their interest for the baby forum (http://www.tesco.com/babyclub/forums/index.page) will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a year’s supply of nappies.

About the Club – an opportunity for parents to join the Tesco Baby & Toddler Club online, including the latest Mums’ Choice information and winning products, a guide to what’s on in store.

A bonanza of fantastic benefits for club members

The new website isn’t the only exciting new development. New Club members will be able to gain up to 10,000 Tesco Clubcard (http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/clubcard/) Points (over the lifetime of their membership) by redeeming Points Coupons in their club mailings, as well as receiving a free parking permit that allows them to park in ‘Parent and Child’ spaces closest to the store. And the Club’s new Welcome Brochure is packed with other exclusive special offers:

Customers shoping with Tesco Direct (http://direct.tesco.com/) save 10% off any purchase for their baby through Tesco Direct. This service is particularly useful for large items such as cots, buggies, high chairs, car seats and bathroom accessories and everything is delivered straight to the customer’s door. There are over 8,000 new products available, with more than 1,000 especially for babies and toddlers.

RAC discount: There’s nothing more important when travelling with a little one than feeling safe in the knowledge that your car is in tip-top condition – but it can be expensive. That’s why Tesco has teamed up with RAC to offer a 20% discount over the lifetime of the membership, plus a £30 Tesco gift card.

Free Huggies Baby Beginnings Basket: For that little something extra, when new members buy a pack of Huggies Newborn Size 1 nappies in Tesco stores, they can redeem a basket of goodies, including wipes, powder, tissues, BabyРІР‚в„ўs First record book, money-saving coupons, a Huggies teddy bear and a muslin cloth.

ENDS

Tesco Baby & Toddler Club is the longest running retailer Club for pregnant women and parents of children under the age of three. Over 320,000 members are proof of its popularity – and this number is increasing daily as more expectant mums and new parents join Baby & Toddler Club. Absolutely free to join, members receive tailored magazines every 3-6 months packed full of relevant, useful information and provide the ultimate helping hand when they need it most. This will also help family finances as each magazine comes with Points Coupons on many baby essentials and treats for members!

 

For journalists only: This press release and photography can be downloaded from the Tesco website at www.tescohealthandbeauty.com.

Web Site = http://www.tesco.com/

Contact Details = For further information or samples please contact:
Joanna Robinson or Helen Beavis
BMA Communications
Althorp Hours
4 Althorp Road
London
SW17 7EB
020 8682 2277
www.tesco.com/

EAT and Krispy Kreme among the first to accept Barclaycard OnePulse cashless payments

 

Released on = August 29, 2007, 3:36 am

Press Release Author = Barclaycard

Industry = Financial

Press Release Summary = Barclaycard make cashless payments available to Londoners in more than 1000 retail outlets this autumn

Press Release Body = From this autumn, Londoners who sign up to Barclaycard OnePulse, the unique three-in-one card, will be able to make cashless payments in more than 1000 stores throughout the capital.

Barclaycard (http://www.barclaycard.co.uk/) has announced today that more than 1000 retail outlets have signed up for the companyРІР‚в„ўs cashless payment technology. With this technology available in shops across the capital, Londoners with Barclaycard OnePulse (http://www.barclaycard-onepulse.co.uk/) will be among the first to enjoy the benefits of cashless payments at major high street names including EAT and Krispy Kreme. Barclaycard predicts that Londoners will be able to use its cashless card at several thousand retail outlets by the end of the year.

Other big name retailers signed up include Coffee Republic, Threshers, Books Etc, YO! Sushi and the Science Museum. Cashless cardholders will simply need to make a touch of their card against the reader instead of entering a PIN or signature for purchases of Р’Р€10 or under.

Barclaycard OnePulse is leading the way in the cashless payments market and is unique because it is the only UK credit card (http://www.barclaycard.co.uk/products/apply/card_range.html) that combines this new cashless technology with the ease and convenience of Oyster card and the security and flexibility of Barclaycard. Ideal for commuters who live and work around London it can be used in three ways:

Oyster cardBarclaycard OnePulse cardholders will enjoy the cheapest fares on the Transport for London network using Oyster exactly as they do today, either pay-as-you-go or season ticket. Oyster is hosted on the same card but is entirely separate from your credit card account

Barclaycard OnePulse cardholders will continue to enjoy the flexible credit and security of a standard chip and PIN credit card for larger transactions (over Р’Р€10)

Cashless OneTouch payment, using UK contactless technology. This allows cardholders to make low value purchases of Р’Р€10 or under more quickly and conveniently with OneTouch of their card against a reader instead of entering a PIN or signature, thus reducing a customerРІР‚в„ўs reliance on cash. These transactions are listed on the cardholder’s credit card statement.

Guy Harvey, Financial Director of EAT commented:

“We are excited about installing cashless readers in 25 of our London stores; it will help us to eliminate some of the frustrations for our customers such as queues in the busy lunchtime rush. Hopefully, we’ll see lots of our customers choose this method of payment.”

Judith Denby, Marketing Director of Krispy Kreme commented:

“This quick and easy payment method means that people will be able to spend less time in a queue and more time enjoying their coffee and doughnuts. Hopefully it will mean that customers visit us again and again because of the hassle free experience.”

Elizabeth Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer, Barclaycard said:

“In recent months, we have seen a surge of retailers and other stores planning to adopt this new technology for payments. Consumers will be excited to be able to use their Barclaycard OnePulse card at so many locations, in addition to the transport networks that accept Oyster. Cashless payments are starting to become a reality. They’re fast, secure, and a fantastic way to streamline your day – no more waiting in queues to pay for small ticket items. And the OnePulse card works just like a regular credit card for larger purchases, too.”

To allow Londoners to take full advantage of Barclaycard OnePulse at the earliest opportunity, Barclaycard has launched an initial pre-registration OnePulse (http://www.barclaycard-onepulse.co.uk/) website that features information on the benefits of the three-in-one product, tips on how to use the new card and details on how consumers can register their interest so that Barclaycard can contact them as soon as they are able to apply for the new card.

Notes to editors

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard is a multi-brand credit card and loans business which also processes card payments for retailers and merchants and issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. It is one of EuropeРІР‚в„ўs leading credit card businesses and has an increasing presence in the United States.

In the UK, Barclaycard comprises Barclaycard, Sky Card, Thomas Cook and Argos branded credit cards and FIRSTPLUS secured lending. Barclaycard also manages card operations on behalf of Solution Personal Finance.

Outside the UK, Barclaycard provides credit cards in the United States, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, India, the United Arab Emirates and Africa. In the Nordic region, Barclaycard operates through Entercard, a joint venture with ForeningsSparbanken (Swedbank).

 

Web Site = http://www.barclaycard.co.uk/

Contact Details = Barclaycard PR Contact
Andrew Bond
Barclaycard Press Office
Dept CA
1234 Pavilion Drive
Northampton
NN4 7SG
Tel +44 (0) 1604 25 1229
http://www.barclaycard.co.uk/

Skype takes video one step further

Released on = August 28, 2007, 8:44 am

Press Release Author = Skype

Industry = Internet & Online

Press Release Summary = Skype announce its users can now make conversations even more fun-packed by sharing video content with friends and family across the world

Press Release Body = Skype have announced that their users can now make conversations even more fun-packed by sharing video content with their friends and family across the world.

Following new partnerships with leading independent video sharing sites Dailymotion and Metacafe, Skype 3.5 (http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/index.html) for Windows lets users download their favourite videos from these sites and add them into their Skype ‘mood’, giving colour and personality to their online profile.

UserРІР‚в„ўs moods are designed as a way of sharing their feelings with friends and family and are becoming increasingly popular in the Skype community because they are a simple, more personalized way to share all sorts of things with other Skype contacts.

“People thrive on sharing stuff with one another. A little over a year ago, we had 100 million registered users worldwide and we’ve more than doubled in size in the space of twelve months. This is because we continue to develop Skype and come up with amusing things to do. User-generated and licensed video content are incredibly popular. Working with Dailymotion and Metacafe means everyone can try out downloading their favourite clip and putting it in their online profile. Video content is a great conversation starter because people love talking about video clips and especially the ones that are personal to them.” said Carter Adamson, general manager, desktop products for Skype.

In addition to sharing video (http://www.skype.com/download/features/videocalling/) in their Skype ‘mood’, users can now also include video content in online Skype chats, making it easy to discuss the latest viral videos with friends and family around the world.

“Video mood messages provide members of the vibrant Skype community a great way to express themselves by tapping into the original and entertaining videos available on Metacafe, including those in our Producer Rewards program that pays video creators for their best work,” commented Erick Hachenburg, CEO of Metacafe. “Online video has become so popular over the past couple of years in large part because it’s fun to find something entertaining and forward it to a friend who’s likely to enjoy it. Videos placed into Skype mood messages make this process even easier.”

“With this partnership, the online global community is really coming together to create a new experience in video sharing,” said Benjamin Bejbaum, CEO and cofounder of Dailymotion. “From now on, Skype users will have access to more than 3 million videos, including premium content and exclusive artwork from our MotionMakers.”

The new Skype service also lets users take still photos when making a video call. Moments such as showing off a newborn baby via webcam or having a far-away friend wave ‘hello!’ can now be permanently captured and shared.

Skype 3.5 for Windows lets users transfer their incoming calls to another person or a group of people on Skype or even to a landline or mobile phone number for Skype Pro (http://www.skype.com/products/skypepro/) subscribers.

In addition, auto redial has been introduced, where if the number being called is engaged Skype can automatically redial it every two minutes, until the call is answered. These new features make it even easier and more convenient to keep in touch over Skype.

About Skype
Skype sets conversations free by providing new and easy ways to stay in touch over the internet. Millions of people every day make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls and send instant messages using our software. Some pay a little per minute for long-distance and international calls (http://www.skype.com/products/skypetogo/) to phones and mobiles and for SMS, voicemail and call forwarding, or they buy subscriptions that give unlimited calls nationwide.

Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

 

Web Site = http://www.skype.com/

Contact Details = Skype PR Contact:
Stephanie Zari
Skype
2 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1AN
+44 (0)121 288 3779