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Mobeam, ProLogic enter strategic partnership to enable digital coupons on mobile devices

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO — Mobeam and ProLogic are joining forces to enable the processing of digital coupons on mobile devices.

The partnership will combine Mobeam’s light-based beaming technology and ProLogic’s digital coupon clearing solution to create a completely digitized coupon system for consumers and retailers. Consumers can acquire and digitally redeem coupons, while retailers can digitally process and clear the coupon to complete the transaction loop.

"Real digital coupons — those that can be digitally displayed and redeemed at checkout via a mobile device — hold enormous value for consumers, retailers and the brands offering the coupons," Mobeam CEO Chris Sellers said. "Someday soon, we will look back at the archaic way we used to present, redeem, and process coupons and wonder why it took us so long to go purely digital. This partnership is a giant leap to get us there."

Added ProLogic president and CEO Ross Ely, "ProLogic has always been the retailer’s advocate for coupon clearing and with the rise of mobile technology we are leading the drive towards digital coupon processing as the industry evolves. Mobeam is the perfect complement to ProLogic’s clearing and settlement system, and together these technologies will drive the evolution of the coupon to a purely digital state, which benefits everyone in the retail economy."

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Family Dollar appoints SVP merchandising

BY Allison Cerra

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Holly Shaskey-Platek has been appointed to serve as SVP merchandising for Family Dollar, the retailer announced.

Shaskey-Platek, who has worked at the company since 2008, will lead the home, apparel and seasonal divisions and report to Paul White, EVP and chief merchandising officer. Prior to her new role, she worked as a consultant to provide company-wide change management leadership. Before that, Shaskey-Platek spent a total of 25 years with Target and ShopNBC.

"Capitalizing on a greater share of customers’ discretional needs is critical to our ability to increase the sales productivity of our stores and to grow our market share," White said. "Under Holly’s leadership, we will continue to focus on assortment, merchandise presentation and promotion, supplier relationships, and business capabilities."

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Emdeon expands clinical information exchange capabilities

BY Allison Cerra

NASHVILLE — A provider of healthcare revenue, payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions has expanded its technology-enabled solution that aims to improve business and clinical outcomes and care continuity.

Emdeon said the Emdeon Clinical Exchange integrates the company’s electronic prescription routing, lab orders and results exchange, care alerts, medication history, clinical messaging and ONC-certified EHR capabilities into a comprehensive SaaS-based platform. This collection of market-leading clinical components is designed to work with a customer’s existing systems and workflows, and therefore can help minimize financial risk by providing a relatively inexpensive alternative compared with higher cost capital-intensive solutions, Emdeon said.

"Physicians and hospitals that have the ability to electronically connect to labs, pharmacies and managed care companies are better positioned to provide patient-centric collaborative care," Emdeon EVP strategy and product management Miriam Paramore said. "Our enhanced platform for comprehensive clinical information exchange can provide our customers with an even stronger foundation of integrated health information that will support new and emerging healthcare delivery models for years to come."

Emdeon’s network currently reaches approximately 500,000 physicians, 81,000 dentists, 60,000 pharmacies, 5,000 hospitals, 1,200 payers and 300 labs.


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