SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 3 China Nepstar ChainDrugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) ("China Nepstar" or the "Company"), the largestdrugstore chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores,today announced that it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreementwith ATMU (China) Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of ATMU Inc., one of thelargest ATM operators in China, to install ATMs in Nepstar stores.
This cooperation will not only provide convenience to customers andgenerate rental revenue for China Nepstar, but will also help increase storetraffic and accelerate the development of electronic payment services atNepstar stores. ATMU plans to complete initially 1,000 ATM installations inChina Nepstar's existing stores by end of 2010.
ATMU Inc. is one of the largest ATM operators, ATM media service providersand ATM maintenance providers in China. ATMU Inc.'s strategic businesspartner, Postal Savings Bank of China, is the fifth largest commercial bank inChina. Established on what was the financial services network of the ChinaPost Bureau, Postal Savings Bank of China provides full commercial bankingservices to more than one billion residents in rural and urban markets acrossmainland China.
Mr. Jason Wu, Chief Operation Officer of Nepstar, commented, "We aredelighted with this new initiative. With our broad geographic coverage inChina and outstanding brand name, China Nepstar is the logical partner forATMU. This cooperation is another step towards our long term goal of bringingmaximum convenience and high quality products to our customers. We believethat the installation of these ATMs, along with other in-store serviceterminals such as the utility bill payment system, will further help increaseour store traffic and strengthen our customer relationships."
About China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd.
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd. (NYSE: NPD) is China's largest retaildrugstore chain based on the number of directly operated stores. As of June30, 2009, the Company had 2,312 stores across 64 cities, one headquarterdistribution center and 12 regional distribution centers in China. ChinaNepstar uses directly operated stores, centralized procurement and a networkof distribution centers to provide its customers with high-quality,professional and convenient pharmacy services and a wide variety of othermerchandise, including OTC drugs, nutritional supplements, herbal products,personal care products, family care products, and convenience productsincluding consumables. China Nepstar's strategy of centralized procurement,competitive pricing, customer loyalty programs and private label offerings hasenabled it to capitalize on the robust economic growth in China and to takeadvantage of the demographic trend in China to achieve a strong brand andleading market position. For further information, please go tohttp://www.nepstar.cn .
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