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Girl Scouts and App Ninjas team up to swipe cards for cookies

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 — 12:38:43 (EST)

Columbus, Ohio, March 9, 2011 -- A new partnership between AppNinjas and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland means you can use a credit card to purchase your Girl Scout Cookies this year.

Girl Scouts are using AppNinjas’ Swipe Credit Card Terminal for iPhone to accept credit cards on the spot at booths in various locations in central Ohio throughout March. Credit card sales are off to a great start, with charge transactions accounting for over $1,500 in sales in the first weekend.

For Girl Scouts this isn’t just a great opportunity to sell more cookies but also a learning experience. “Swipe Credit Card Terminal for iPhone will teach them even more new technological skills they may likely use in the future,” explained Tammy Wharton, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council.

"As a Columbus-based company, we are excited to pilot this program here in Ohio's heartland," said John Waldron, CEO of AppNinjas. "We’re looking to expand this program in future years, giving even more Girl Scout troops a safe and secure way to accept credit cards."

"Our Cookie Program is our largest business literacy program for girls,” said Tammy Wharton, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council. “Not only do girls learn five key business skills, but they also are learning to use new technology to market cookies. Girl Scouts are using social media, such as their parent’s Facebook and e-mail accounts, in a safe manner, and customers can use a new smart phone app — the cookie locator app — to find cookie booth sales.”

The AppNinjas partnership program assists the Girl Scouts with credit card software and hardware, as well as discounted rates for credit card processing.

About the Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership development program for all girls from kindergarten through high school. The mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Council, headquartered in Columbus, serves more than 34,000 girls and more than 9,000 adult volunteers in 30 counties: Adams, Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton, Wayne and Wyandot.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) 621-7042 or visit www.gsooh.org .

About App Ninjas

AppNinjas is the developer of Swipe Credit Card Terminal for iPhone. Swipe transforms a merchant’s iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into a safe and secure credit card terminal, allowing merchants to accept credit card payments with ease at any time. Swipe is available for purchase on the App Store. For more information, see www.appninjas.com .

Source: Company press release. end of article

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