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Girl Scouts boost cookie sales with new technology

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Girl Scouts are taking their cookie sales to the streets this month, and they're using new technology to track and make their sales. Girl Scouts are taking their cookie sales to the streets this month, and they're using new technology to track and make their sales.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Girl Scouts are taking their cookie sales to the streets this month, and they're using new technology to track and make their sales.

The COCO Mobile App or "Cookie Command Center" helps scouts set goals for how many boxes they want to sell, while keeping track of purchases, deliveries, and payments.

This is also the third year many customers can use their credit card when they buy cookies at booths. Helene Zahn-Chilberg says she has seen a 16% increase in her troop's sales since the partnership with Sage Mobile Payment. But across the board, troops that use the app saw a 35% jump in their proceeds in 2013.

However, these apps don't just help scouts reach their fundraising goals; it also teaches them how to use technology in a business atmosphere.

"It gives them scenarios that they can practice, and it also gives them the opportunity to really look at the skills that we're wanting them to focus on while learning the cookie sale program," Zahn-Chilberg said. "So it's more than just what's in the box. They're really taking advantage of the opportunities that the cookie sales are providing."

Cookies sales continue until March 2. There is also a website that customers can use to locate Girl Scout Cookie booths in their area.

If you're looking to try a new flavor this year, troops in our area are selling the Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Each box costs $3.50.

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