This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read about new travel site for Credit One Bank through Priceline, airlines still using floppy disks, Hertz to get 175,000 GM electric vehicles, Cambria Hotels debuts in Connecticut, and BJ’s now accepts SNAP EBT payments.
Credit One Bank, one of the fastest-growing credit card providers in the United States, announced today that they are partnering with Priceline to launch a dedicated travel booking engine for Wander Card members: Credit One Bank travel site powered by Priceline.
Available exclusively to Wander Card members, users will earn 10X points on hotel and car rentals booked through the Credit One Bank travel site powered by Priceline. Cardmembers will also have access to hotel, flight, rental car and package deals provided by Priceline.
While they’re a relic of another time, at least one industry is still interested in the storage devices, according to the person who claims to be “last man standing in the floppy disk business.”
Tom Persky, the founder of floppydisk.com — which sells and recycles floppy disks — said that the airline industry is one of his biggest customers in the new book “Floppy Disk Fever: The Curious Afterlives of a Flexible Medium” by Niek Hilkmann and Thomas Walskaar.
“My biggest customers — and the place where most of the money comes from — are the industrial users,” Persky said, in an interview from the book published online in Eye On Design last week. “These are people who use floppy disks as a way to get information in and out of a machine. Imagine it’s 1990, and you’re building a big industrial machine of one kind or another. You design it to last 50 years and you’d want to use the best technology available.”
Persky added: “Take the airline industry for example. Probably half of the air fleet in the world today is more than 20 years old and still uses floppy disks in some of the avionics. That’s a huge consumer.”
General Motors has agreed to sell up to 175,000 electric vehicles to Hertz Global over the next five years, the companies announced Tuesday.
The deal calls for GM to start supplying electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV to the rental car giant starting the first quarter of next year. Those vehicles are expected to be followed by newer EV models on the company’s Ultium battery technology, such as the Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet Equinox and vehicles from GM’s other brands.
Located at 20 Dwight Street, the new Cambria hotel is ideally situated within walking distance to Yale University, as well as popular dining, shopping, and live entertainment in the city’s historic downtown. In addition to providing guests with easy access to sought-after New Haven attractions, such as East Rock Park, Bradley Point, and Hammonasset Beach State Park, the hotel serves as the ideal home base for business travelers visiting top area employers including Amphernol, Assa Abloy, New Alliance Bank, and Southern Connecticut State University.
BJ’s Wholesale Club is now accepting SNAP EBT payments on BJs.com and Mobile App for Free Pickup, Shipping, and Same-Day Delivery.