Alcohol and tobacco sales through the internet: Water-tight age validation at first Dutch pickup points
HENGELO and BREDA, Netherlands, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In the last week of January Dutch Health Secretary of State, Martin van Rijn, presented results from mystery shopping surveys in the Netherlands that indicate it is still extremely easy for minors to purchase alcohol through the internet. Van Rijn: “Resolving poor compliance is at the top of the agenda”. After this message was made public, ‘deburen.nl’ decided to equip all its pickup points in the Netherlands with Teleconnect’s Ageviewers system, hereby becoming the first company to introduce water-tight age verification for internet sales.
A deburen.nl spokesperson states: “Online sales of age restricted products are growing rapidly. By equipping the pickup points of deburen.nl with Ageviewers, both webshops and the government can rest assured that no more alcohol or tobacco will be delivered to minors. As the responsibility for secure and legal transactions at our pickup points is assumed, we can expect an enormous demand for our combined service offering.”
Deburen.nl operates and services unmanned pickup centers and points. Consumers, therefore, never again need to miss the home delivery of products ordered from the Internet. The Company provides service to webstores, package delivery companies, independent stores, shopping malls, larger retail chains and Dutch supermarkets of the Albert Heijn, Plus en Spar formula. All packages that are sold or handled by these partners can be picked up at deburen.nl. With thousands of lockers throughout The Netherlands, deburen.nl reaches over 6 million consumers today. The Company expects to extend coverage of its services nationwide through 2014.
Teleconnect Inc (NASDAQ: TLCO, see www.otcbb.com), has developed the Ageviewers solution to ensure that alcohol and tobacco are only available to adults; making access to minors impossible. Age validation checks are no longer carried out by the retailers, but remotely, in an external age validation center. For this purpose, special communication terminals have been developed that are suitable for all methods of sales and distribution of alcohol and tobacco. Teleconnect is the only company in the area of age validation that assumes the responsibility for the accurate and effective age validation of its customers. The use of the Ageviewers system is completely anonymous for consumers.
For further information: www.deburen.nl www.ageviewers.com Mr. Robin Dragstra Mr. Dirk Benschop Tel: +31 88-3328736 Tel: 31 76-5222955
SOURCE Teleconnect Inc