Electronic Shelf Tag Market Grows

Electronic shelf tags market to reach $11.64 million in convenience stores by 2021. The electronic shelf labels market in the U.S. is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 20% from 2017-2021. Technavio’s latest market study, titled “Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL) Market in the U.S. 2017-2021” provides an in-depth analysis of the market

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M/Chip Fast Aims to Enhance EMV Experience

Mastercard, Verifone and Global Payments come together to speed chip transactions. Customers and retailers alike have complained about slow chip reading experiences following the launch of EMV. Now Mastercard is joining forces with payments industry leaders to enhance and expedite the consumer checkout experience leveraging the company’s M/Chip Fast technology. M/Chip Fast prioritizes the parts

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Delta Sonic Adds PDI’s ERP Software

The move is expected to provide data consistency and operational control for Delta Sonic. Delta Sonic Carwash Systems Inc. has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. Delta Sonic was previously a customer of The Pinnacle Corp. but became one of more than 100 customers acquired by PDI during its acquisition of

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EMV Hopes – An Implementation Update

As retailers struggle with compliance, chargebacks from the liability shift have been larger than anyone in the industry anticipated. By Ed Collupy The implementation of EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip card acceptance should be history for inside payment transactions at convenience stores after the much-anticipated October 2015 shift in liability to merchants for counterfeit

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Back-Office Solution

CStorePro is an all-in-one back office solution for busy convenience store owners. The platform has everything you need to manage one, 10, even 50+ stores and gas stations in one easy-to-use package. You can easily change prices and create promotions, monitor your inventory and sales in real time, and get accurate reports in seconds—and do […]

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Back-Office Solution

CStorePro is an all-in-one back office solution for busy convenience store owners. The platform has everything you need to manage one, 10, even 50+ stores and gas stations in one easy-to-use package. You can easily change prices and create promotions, monitor your inventory and sales in real time, and get accurate reports in seconds—and do […]

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Retailers Look to Expand Use of Mobile Technology

Customers engagement and identification are among top priorities with mobile. Boston Retailer Partners (BRP) found retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for customer identification, customer engagement, associate training and task management, point of sale (POS) and payments. The BRP Special Report: “The Mobile World of Retail,” assesses how mobile devices

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame

Honors Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. Conexxus is inducting two convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers into the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the Conexxus Annual Meeting: Sharon Scace of WEX Inc. and David Ezell of Verifone Inc. “Sharon and David exemplify the dedication and expertise exhibited

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Japanese C-Stores To Offer Faster Checkout Technology

Japan is set to roll out technology that allows an entire basket of items to be scanned at once. The race is on for superior checkout technology, and Japanese convenience stores may be in the lead. UPI reported that by 2025 Japan’s major retailers, including Seven-Eleven Japan, will be offering self-checkout computer kiosks where customers

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PDI Announces Three Software Company Acquisitions

Acquisitions aid global expansion plans while strengthening and broadening PDI’s its software solutions portfolio. PDI has acquired three privately-owned companies: DataMax Group Inc., LOMOSOFT and FireStream WorldWide Inc. PDI is a global provider of enterprise-class software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, and the triple acquisition is expected to accelerate the company’s

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Wawa Expands Partnership with Nielsen

The Pennsylvania c-store chain is looking at the resource provider to deliver analytic pricing among other services. Nielsen and Wawa Inc. announced today an expansion and extension of their long-standing relationship, with the renewal of contracted services for data insights and analytics. Nielsen will now cover metrics for all Wawa stores, which includes more than

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Drive Foot Traffic to Store Locations

New “Store Traffic Guarantee” for the Retale mobile app helps retailers meet performance parameters. Retale, a technology company that develops mobile-first shopping experiences, has launched the “Retale Store Traffic Guarantee.” Now available for its retail partners, its Store Traffic Guarantee is specifically for the Retale mobile app, the company‘s flagship location-based shopping service. Today, 5,200

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Pak-A-Sak Serves as Beta Customer for PDI’s Payroll Software

Pak-A-Sak finds its weekly payroll process is now more streamlined. PDI has announced the general release of PDI/Payroll. Amarillo, Texas-based convenience retailer Pak-A-Sak served as the beta customer for PDI’s payroll software. Gary McKee, the chief information officer for the retailer, said his company has seen a significant change since implementing the product. “The weekly

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POS Grows With the Times

Point of sale innovation will continue to improve the customer experience. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Russell Gibson knows technology. As manager of marketing technical services for Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City, Gibson is aware of the latest tech trends in most retail channels. But he was wowed recently at a restaurant in

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Applying Today’s Automation

As retail channels vie for foodservice customers, the implementation of technological advances such as digital kiosks and self-checkout stations are making convenience stores even more competitive. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The story of how Ray Kroc grew McDonald’s into an assembly line service model—a mass producer of cheeseburgers and milkshakes—is the crux of the

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Amazon’s ‘No Checkout’ C-Store Delayed

Technology glitches move launch date of Amazon Go store. Amazon is delaying the launch of its Amazon Go c-store, where customers will be able to grab their groceries and go without interacting with a checkout employee. Technology issues are to blame for the delay. The Amazon Go store had been set to open by the

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Lower LED Costs Power Profits

Since 2008, LED lighting costs have dropped by 94%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Revolution Now 2016 Update.” LED package prices in 2016 fell to approximately $1/kilolumen, resulting in dramatically reduced LED lamp and luminaire prices. That’s good news for small c-store operators with a few stores, or a larger c-store chain such

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Electronic Payments Evolve

Navigating EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) and mobile payment is top of mind for retailers in 2017. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s “State of Retail Payments 2016” study found the top payments priorities for retailers all centered around EMV, including EMV implementation (76%), chargebacks (46%) and tokenization/encryption (37%). “Retailers have seen a surge in chargebacks

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POS Plugs Into New Technology

In its earliest incarnation, a point-of-sale (POS) terminal was little more than a computerized substitute for the traditional cash register. It reduced human error by introducing barcode scanning and eliminating the need for product price tags. Since then, POS technology has added abundant functions ranging from sales reporting and analytics to employee and inventory management.

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C-Stores Confronting Theft

Organized retail crime (ORC)—defined as professional shoplifting by organized crime rings—is growing, with 83% of 59 merchants surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according the National Retail Federation’s “12th annual ORC study,” conducted July 20-Aug. 19, 2016. Sean Sportun, ICPS manager, security & loss prevention for Mac’s Convenience Stores in Canada, noted ORC

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Uncertainty Looms for Prepaid

Regulations will have a big impact on prepaid cards in 2017—but exactly how depends on whether the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rules requiring upfront disclosures and consumer protections, set to go into effect Oct. 1, 2017, are overturned or upheld. “If the rules are upheld, c-stores should expect prepaid card owners to replace many

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GasBuddy Hires Analyst/Evangelist of C-Store and Retail Trends

Beard known for promoting healthy eating at c-stores. GasBuddy has named Frank Beard to the new position of analyst/evangelist of convenience store and retail trends. Beard made waves in the convenience store industry when he documented himself eating every meal at a gas station for 30 consecutive days. Not only did he avoid gaining weight,

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Forward Corp. Wins Best Convenience Store Loyalty Program Launch

Forward Corp. to leverage opportunities using customer purchase data with help from the Paytronix System. Forward Corp. is the winner of the 2017 Paytronix Loyaltees Award for Best Convenience Store Loyalty Launch. Replacing a well-loved 10-year-old program that had essentially fallen behind in technology, the new Forward Rewards program makes it easy for customers to

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Keying on Loyalty Trends

In 2017, younger shoppers are gaining greater share of wallet and looking to word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing. Consulting firm LoyaltyOne found those aged 18–24 want “authentic” information sharing, relying more on alternative, third party “un-biased sources” such as social media, bloggers, friends or family. “Superficial promises will be identified and cast aside,” said Melissa Fruend, partner,

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MacEwen Petroleum Partners with PDI

Software to help streamline operations and automate business processes. MacEwen Petroleum Inc. (MacEwen) has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. MacEwen licensed a number of products from PDI, including its retail and wholesale petroleum software suites, to help improve operational visibility and control. “Over the years, our company has continued to

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