Girl Scout Cookie Sales Even Sweeter With Technology

             Girl Scout Cookie Sales Even Sweeter With Technology

Girl Scouts across South Carolina will benefit from technology when cookie
sales begins Jan. 10.

PR Newswire

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 10, 2014

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Girls Scouts in South Carolina
will see mobile technology weaved throughout this year's cookie sales program
more than ever. The new technology promises to help girls manage sales volume,
inventory and provide excellent customer service.

Both the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands council, which
serves girls in the central and western parts of the state, and the Girl
Scouts of Eastern South Carolina council, which serves girls in the eastern
half of the state, are encouraging girls to download the COCOMobile App. The
free app tracks each girl's sales, progress toward goals, orders and delivery
status and informs girls when they near a sales incentive.

Both organizations recently began incorporating more technology into their
daily operations, outfitting staff with Verizon smartphones and mobile
hotspots to manage their large service areas. The cookie sale is one way in
which the Girl Scouts will put the technology to great use, as communication
and training can now be done from almost anywhere over the Verizon network.

"The young people in this program are learning valuable skills that will shape
their future, including mobile commerce," said Jerry Fountain, president
Verizon Wireless, Carolinas/Tennessee Region. "Girls will be able to boost
sales by using a Square or Intuit card reader on a smartphone over Verizon's
network to offer customers the ease of buying cookies without cash."

"The Girl Scout Cookie Program has always been about girls learning financial
literacy skills, which include setting goals and practicing effective people
skills. These are lifelong invaluable attributes that will serve them well
now and into the future," said Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of
South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands.

"Mobile technology enables girls to use connected devices they otherwise
associate with gaming and social media to increase the success of their
personal cookie sale," said Loretta Graham, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of
Eastern South Carolina.

Door-to-door sales begin Jan. 10 and extend through March 21. Direct sales at
local retail stores like Bi-Lo and WalMart will be on weekends from Feb. 21
until March 17. At that time, for customers looking to satisfy a sweet tooth,
they can use a mobile app called Girl Scout Cookie Finder. Customers enter
their zip code and the app will give them the closest location cookies are
sold. 

"The introduction of Verizon technology into our Girl Scout Cookie Program is
a logical next step as we continue to take advantage of technologies that help
us build efficiencies and provide a better program experience for our
members," said Sharon Hewitt, Director, Product Sales, Girl Scouts of South
Carolina – Mountains to Midlands.

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About Girl Scouts

For 102 years, Girl Scouting has helped girls develop positive values and
become active, responsible leaders in their communities. With emphasis on
personal growth and leadership development through service to others, Girl
Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the
world a better place. For additional information please log onto
www.gssccookies.org or call 1-800-849-4475.



SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Website: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
Contact: Karen Schulz | Verizon Wireless | 864.987.2006 | karen.schulz@vzw.com
 
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