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Walmart, MoneyGram partner on new online money transfer platform

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS – MoneyGram and Walmart on Tuesday announced the launch of a new state-of-the-art online money transfer platform that offers customers new features and a streamlined experience when sending money through Walmart.moneygram.com.

"We are pleased to be a part of this exciting opportunity to help Walmart deliver a true omni-channel experience. For nearly 20 years MoneyGram and Walmart have worked together to provide our customers with the highest quality and most convenient financial services," stated Juan Agualimpia, MoneyGram's chief marketing officer and Walmart senior leader. "This new offering is a testament to our combined commitment to our customers."  

"Improving the customer experience to save time as well as money is a priority for Walmart," added Kirsty Ward, senior director of financial services, Walmart U.S.  "This new digital experience for MoneyGram transfers at Walmart.com is another example of delivering seamless solutions for customers wherever they choose to shop."

The upgraded Walmart.Moneygram.com site is built on MoneyGram's new cutting-edge MTaaS platform (Money Transfer as a Service).  MTaaS extends the same convenient services as MoneyGram's website, moneygram.com to third party allies through a co-branded experience.

"We are pleased to build upon the investments we are making to our innovative online capabilities," said Alex Hoffmann, MoneyGram's chief product officer. "MTaaS offers a third party solution to our strategic business partners looking for a powerful online site to connect with customers that can also be branded and updated easily."

For customers, the site provides innovative features such as guest sending and MoneyGram's "Track a Transfer" tool when they need to send money to any of MoneyGram's estimated 350,000 locations as well as bank accounts around the globe through Walmart.Moneygram.com.

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OtterBox unveils exotic patterns for iPhone

BY Gina Acosta

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — OtterBox is giving consumers new options when it comes to phone cases with its new Strada Series, featuring genuine leather with exotic patterns and styling.

Making their public debut during New York Fashion Week, the new Strada Series patterns cover iPhone in a slim protective shell with a premium leather exterior. The design combines a classic, tailored look with slim protection. Strada Series is coming soon in Oynx, classic black with accent stitching, and two chic snakeskin patterns, Stone Serpent and Wooded Serpent.

"Leather is a classic fashion trend that never goes out of style," said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. "The new Strada Series styles have a truly classic look with a premium feel that continue to withstand the realities of daily life."

While designed with sophistication at the forefront, Strada Series also offers trusted OtterBox protection. The leather iPhone 6s case helps protect against bumps, shock and scratches with a super slim, sleek form. The slightly raised edge along the front of the case keeps the iPhone display from making contact during face-down drops and an included Alpha Glass screen protector stops scratches from reaching your brilliant display.

Strada Series Limited Edition + Alpha Glass for iPhone 6/6s, $79.95, and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, $89.95, in Onyx, Wooded Serpent and Stone Serpent patterns are coming soon to retailers nationwide.

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AmerisourceBergen VP strategic accounts retires after storied 37-year career

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.  – Jerry Dale Cline, AmerisourceBergen VP strategic accounts, community & specialty pharmacy group is retiring after a 37-year career in the wholesale and retail drug industry, the wholesaler announced recently.

Cline began his drug wholesaler career at Fox-Vliet Drug Company in 1979. While there, Cline was a sales consultant at a time preceding the prime-vendor concept. He had the task of managing a variety of retailers, hospitals and clinics and transitioning his accounts from placing orders over the telephone to using an electronic order-entry platform.

In 1982, Cline joined one of AmerisourceBergen’s predecessor companies, Bergen Brunswig, where he was on the leading edge of the wholesale drug industry transition from a fractured purchasing platform to an established prime-vendor model. In 1990, Cline was promoted to division manager of Bergen Brunswig’s Tulsa Oklahoma Distribution Center, where he led a group of more than 100 associates servicing a diverse customer base in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Cline continued to advance to more challenging roles, ultimately serving as SVP retail sales and marketing. Most recently, Cline served as VP strategic accounts at AmerisourceBergen since 2012.

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