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    International News: Circle K Teams with Morodo for POS

    Also, Somerfield acquires 36 Aberness stores.

    LONDON -- Circle K is teaming with virtual international mobile network operator Morodo to provide electronic point-of-sale (POS) payment to customers of the popular MO-Call service.

    "You can now buy MO-Call credit over-the-counter at more than 250 Circle K stores in Hong Kong," Morodo Group managing director, Andrew Reid, said in a released statement. "The Circle K brand is synonymous with convenience quality and value for money. Together we make ideal partners as we share the same commitment to service excellence."

    Reid explained MO-Call enables low-cost international calling direct from a mobile phone, without the need to change mobile number, SIM or network. Offering seamless connection of low-cost calls from a mobile phone, MO-Call can save customers up to 90 percent over existing Mobile Network International Tariffs.

    James Barnes, technical director at Morodo, explained the company is giving customers a free MO-Call account top-up card that can be used at any Circle K store in Hong Kong.

    "Not everyone has, or wants to have, a credit card; topping up your MO-Call account at Circle K is easy, simply hand the cashier your payment and your top-up card and we'll take care of the rest," he said.

    In other international news, Somerfield, the UK’s fifth biggest grocer following the merger between Morrisons and Safeway, confirmed it acquired Aberness, which owns and operates 36 convenience shops operating under the Mace brand.

    "The [Aberness] management team will remain with the business and we look forward to combining Aberness’s expertise and strengths in core convenience categories with Somerfield’s strengths in grocery, fresh and chilled foods," Somerfield Chairman John von Spreckelsen told The Evening News.

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