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J.C. Penney discounts go mobile

September 24, 2009

jcpenneyJ.C. Penney discounts are going mobile as the department store takes aim at younger, tech-savvy shoppers.

Just in time for the crucial holiday shopping season, the company is testing a discount program from Cellfire that will allow Penney’s Houston-area shoppers to use their cell phones to download coupons that can be presented at checkout for savings.

The move comes as Penney gears up for the holiday shopping season — a crucial sales period for department stores and other retailers.

“It’s another way we’re innovating to enhance the customer’s shopping experience,” Mike Boylson, the company’s chief marketing officer said in a statement.

J.C. Penney’s test currently is limited to the Houston metro area. A promotion on Cellfire’s website reads: “Take $10 off a single purchase of $25 or more in store, jcp.com & catalog when you use your JCPenney card.”

Cellfire’s website also shows coupons for other area stores stores such as Sears and Kroger.

Shoppers who have downloaded Cellfire will have access to the same discounts that Penney sends via snail mail, and new offers will be available nearly every week. 

(Photo\Reuters)

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