How to Power Up Savings

What operational areas should convenience stores—intent on conserving energy and cutting electric bills—tackle first? Start with the basics. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor Efforts to reduce energy consumption can reap significant benefits for any retail operation, especially in convenience stores where even small cutbacks can mean big cost savings. The sliding scale of options,

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the

New Retail Intelligence From Gigwalk and IRI

Gigwalk and IRI help retailers reach maximum ROI. Gigwalk and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) have formed an alliance combining the power of the IRI Liquid Data technology platform with data from Gigwalk’s Mobile Crowdsourcing solution. Together, these technologies will form data sets CPG brands can use to support their retail strategy and in-store efforts. Real-time, comprehensive views into retail operations

How to Keep Your C-Store Safe

Whether it’s employee theft, a robber, skimmers or other individuals intent on shrinking your profits, employing modern preventive means and methodologies is crucial in protecting your employees and your business. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In the convenience store industry, a combination of best practices and technology are assisting c-store operators in reducing shrinkage problems.

Verifone Completes EMV Certification

This October, payment networks are shifting the liability for certain fraudulent non-EMV transactions from card issuers to those who accept payment, and Verifone is helping its retailers support EMV. Convenience store retailers using Verifone can now offer a secure payment solution compatible with EMV and NFC payment acceptance. Moneris Solutions Corp., a credit and debit

Easy Weighing

METTLER TOLEDO has launched a new compact, battery-operated ML-T balance line. The balances feature larger-than-average weighing pans, while also boasting the smallest in-class footprint. Built-in applications and a straightforward user interface make the ML-T convenient, even for untrained operators. A standard weigh-in guide and large color touchscreen with red light/green light indicators creates easy readability […]

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How to Optimize Inventory Control

Improper inventory control can become costly. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to inventory, manual control is no longer practical, nor is it necessary. Technology is available to make inventory control not only easier, but also more effective. When deciding how much of each product to carry, there are a number of factors

Samsung Pay Soon Available to Discover Cardmembers

Discover plans to give cardmembers the ability to pay with their Discover card, using their mobile phone.   Discover cardmembers will soon have the ability to use Samsung Pay to make purchases with their discover card. Samsung pay is an app available on Samsung brand mobile phones, which stores credit card information in order to offer users a

McDonald’s to Launch Mobile App Nationwide

McDonald’s continues to search for ways to combat falling sales. The new McDonald’s mobile app will be available to customers nationwide by October this year. According to a report from The Daily Meal, the new McDonald’s mobile app, which was tested first in San Diego and will launch next in New York, will soon be

How To Crack Down on C-Store Theft

From employee training to video monitoring and community engagement, Mac’s fights crime from all angles. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is taking a multi-faceted approach to preventing theft. Proven tools include a growing Crime Busters Program, best practices in preventing internal shrink and graffiti

How to Pick a Loyalty Program

Whether the scope of a prospective loyalty package is small, medium or extra-large, ensure it includes everything to meet your needs. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Retail loyalty programs come in a variety of sizes, but there is only one goal: to keep customers returning to the store and buying more products. Whether you prefer

BellStores Reaches New Customers With Digital Coupons

Digital coupons lead to increased traffic and higher rings for BellStores. Campbell Oil Co.’s BellStores continues to find new ways to deliver deals to customers through their mobile phones. The easiest way for customers to find deals is by using their mobile phones to access BellStores’ branded app and Website. BellStores launched their app and Website with

Acumera Appoints Greiner As Chief Security Officer

Tabitha Greiner to lead cybersecurity efforts. Tabitha Greiner has joined Acumera as chief security officer. Greiner is a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) expert and will be responsible for leading all cybersecurity-focused initiatives for the business, including maintaining internal security practices and acting as an expert resource for customers and the retail community.

Eco-Friendly Ovens

Alto-Shaam has introduced several ENERGY STAR rated CT PROformance and CT Classic Combitherm ovens. The ovens, rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are engineered to provide unmatched performance, precision and quality, and are the all-in-one solution for efficient and consistent volume food production. The CT PROformance and CT Classic with EcoSmart technology boost energy […]

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Flexible Filter System

Frontline International has introduced the Flexible Filter System. This new standalone filtration system allows operators to easily swap out different filter media depending on the restaurant’s needs and usage. The three filter media choices Frontline offers are stainless steel, paper and a disposable carbon filter. Stainless steel is the most economical choice, whereas paper may […]

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How Are U.S. Customers Paying For Goods and Services In 2015?

Mobile, digital and tradition payments are converging, according to a shopper study released by Blackhawk Networks. In this day and age, customers are using numerous different payment methods, with digital and mobile payments serving as supplements to the traditional cash and card-based payments tools, according to new research released by Blackhawk Network. The study, “How

What Do Customers Want From Their Checkout Experience?

Long checkout lines can turn a pleasant shopping experience into a bad one, but there is a way to shorten wait times with Digimarc’s new software. An online study conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Digimarc Corp. has revealed that 88% of U.S. adults want their store checkout experience to be faster. For half

Secure Prepaid NFC Mobile Payments Offered Through InComm and Gemalto

InComm and Gemalto develop a strategic initiative to offer secure prepaid mobile NFC payments. As prepaid shopping continues to grow in popularity, companies are searching for ways to streamline these payment options, and also to add security to such payment methods. InComm, a company that offers prepaid products and transaction services, and Gemalto, a digital security company, have announced

Wayne Upgrades 480 PETRONAS Stations in Malaysia

To provide convenient payment options to consumers, PATRONAS Stations are now equipped with outdoor payment terminals. A new outdoor payment infrastructure based on Wayne iX Pay secure payment platform and Fusion forecourt platform has been designed for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) by Wayne Fueling Systems and its local partner Titan Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

Visual Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America Inc. has released the X554UNV display. This new display is ideal for indoor video wall applications in retail stores. With 55-inch tiles, an ultra-narrow bezel design of just 3.5millimeters between neighboring displays, commercial-grade brightness and Ultra HD TileMatrix support, the X554UNV delivers brilliant imagery and a 3840 x 2160 UHD […]

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Competitive Data Analysis

The key to better business is in the numbers. How do yours stack up? By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor Anymore, data analysis in the convenience store industry is as accepted as loss prevention tools and loyalty programs. Like other operational strategies, it’s how a c-store uses such technology that often forecasts how much benefit

ATMs: Dollars and Sense

Even as payment technologies advance, ATMs are here to stay and are expected to evolve even more in terms of customer services. To cash in, convenience retailers must decide which management model works best for them. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As credit card companies seek stronger security by adding chips to cards, and companies

How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

Touchscreen Digital Signage

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), original inventor of the touchscreen, has introduced the Elo Interactive touchscreen digital signage architecture. Elo Interactive matches commercial-grade I-Series touchscreen hardware with EloView software for more secure, cloud-based content delivery and remote device management. Elo makes it easy to connect online and in-store digital marketing campaigns using an innovative intelligent system […]

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CITGO Helping Its Retailers With EMV Transition

CITGO assists with financial burden as convenience store retailers work to upgrade their systems. As fraud liability shifts to retailers with the rollout of Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) enabled credit cards, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is helping its retailers and marketers through the difficult transition. Attendees at a recent Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) in

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