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Smartphone trade-in program launches nationwide at Walmart stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced today that starting Sept. 21 consumers will be able to receive immediate credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone when they trade in their current smartphone at more than 3,600 participating Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations across the United States. Wal-Mart’s trade-in program offers an immediate credit from $50 to $300 for more than 100 smartphones.

Consumers can bring their working smartphone to an electronics associate. In partnership with CExchange, the value of the smartphone will then be assessed by answering questions on the device’s condition and specifications. Once accepted, the trade-in value will be applied to a new smartphone of the customer’s choice. Wal-Mart customers can also apply the trade-in value to smartphones available with prepaid plans.

“Smartphones have become a part of our customers’ everyday lives and as new devices launch more frequently, trade-in programs are becoming more popular," said Steve Bratspies, executive VP of general merchandise for Wal-Mart U.S. "More and more, customers are choosing where they purchase new smartphones based on where they’ll get the best value for their trade-ins. Our goal is to give them more value for their old devices and the lowest price for their new one, all part of our promise to be the best destination for wireless."

In addition, customers looking to trade in electronics like tablets, MP3 players, video games, cameras, laptops and more can turn "gadgets to gift cards" on Walmart.com.


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Teva launches generic version of Prevpac Kit

BY Alaric DeArment

NORTH WALES, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has introduced a generic version of an antibiotic drug kit, the company said.

Teva, through U.S. subsidiary Teva Pharmaceuticals, announced the introduction of 30-mg lansoprazole delayed-release capsules, 500-mg amoxicillin capsules and 500-mg clarithromycin tablets. The treatment is packaged in 14 cards with eight pills, designed for 14 days of treatment.

The treatment is a generic version of Takeda’s Prevpac Kit.

 

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Kardashian Beauty to expand into South Africa

BY Antoinette Alexander

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Boldface Group, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based celebrity beauty licensing company, has announced that it is expanding international distribution and will launch Kardashian Beauty into South Africa.

The company’s South African distributor Azulade Marketing will launch Kardashian Beauty into Stuttafords Stores beginning Nov. 15, 2013.

Stuttafords is a boutique-like multi category retailer that sells international beauty brands, such as Dior, Estée Lauder, Cartier, Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Clinique and others.

Azulade Marketing projects that after the initial limited launch in Stuttafords’ 15 stores, Kardashian Beauty will expand its distribution throughout the country in 2014 to up to 700 additional retail venues with the future distribution it has underway.
 

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