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Car rental business isn’t just about wheels anymore

Car rental giant Hertz Corp. is following the lead of the airline industry by selling more than just transportation to travelers.

In San Diego, Hertz unveiled its newest model for car rental outlets, including a retail shop where renters can buy travel items like charging cords, beach bags, sunscreen and sodas.

Car renters can also charge up their smartphones and tablet computers, print out maps and other documents and ship FedEx packages.

Hertz Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said the company is planning to expand the concept globally by 2015.

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