Convenience Store Decisions » Technology http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VeriFone Announces Integrated Solution http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/verifone-announces-integrated-solution/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/verifone-announces-integrated-solution/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:46:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54790 Consolidated platform provides efficient path to EMV compliance and enhanced POS, payment and fuel system management. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced RubyCi, an integrated site controller and point-of-sale (POS) solution that combines features of its Ruby2 POS system and Commander Site Controller. The solution will enable average-sized convenience stores and petroleum retailers to more efficiently

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Rutter’s VIPs Go Card Free at Pumps, In Stores http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/rutters-vips-go-card-free-pumps-stores/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/rutters-vips-go-card-free-pumps-stores/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:36:58 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54706 “One of the requests we received most often from our customers since beginning the Rutter’s Rewards program has been to give them the flexibility to use an alternative to the card at the pump,” says Rutter’s chief customer officer. This week, Rutter’s Farm Stores launched the Rutter’s Rewards VIP Club, offering members three benefits; the

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Sunoco And VeriFone Partner http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/sunoco-verifone-partner/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/sunoco-verifone-partner/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:54:35 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54691 Installing integrated dispenser video screens at all branded locations. VeriFone Systems Inc. and Sunoco Inc. announced that VeriFone has been selected as the exclusive media provider for Sunoco’s fueling islands. VeriFone will provide Sunoco with cutting-edge dispenser card readers that have integrated video screens and dynamic streaming content. These payment terminals will enhance the fueling

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Cardtronics Completes Acquisition of Welch ATM http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/cardtronics-completes-acquisition-welch-atm/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/cardtronics-completes-acquisition-welch-atm/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:51:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54688 Welch ATM adds 26,350 U.S. ATMs, growing Cardtronics’ domestic portfolio to 93,350 ATMs. Cardtronics Inc., the world’s largest retail ATM owner/operator, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Welch ATM, a retail ATM services company. Cardtronics USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardtronics, has acquired the Welch ATM business for cash purchase consideration of

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PriceAdvantage Partners with Fuelzee http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/priceadvantage-partners-fuelzee/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/03/priceadvantage-partners-fuelzee/#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:28:24 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54607 Provides free competitive fuel pricing data. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has partnered with Fuelzee, a popular mobile app that saves consumers, gas stations and convenience stores time and money. The partnership will provide PriceAdvantage customers with free access to real-time, competitive fuel pricing information provided by Fuelzee’s

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MotoMart, Holmes Oil, Par Mar, Star Fuels Sign With Acumera http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/motomart-holmes-oil-par-mar-star-fuels-sign-acumera/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/01/motomart-holmes-oil-par-mar-star-fuels-sign-acumera/#respond Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:15:48 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54437 Acumera releases dual WAN failover app. Acumera announced the latest addition to its Apps for Your Network suite of services: the Dual WAN Failover App. The new app provides high availability wide area network (WAN) connectivity for convenience stores by automatically switching to a secondary connection whenever occasional interruptions in the primary connection occur. Uniquely,

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Rally Those Referrers on Social Media http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/rally-referrers-social-media/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/rally-referrers-social-media/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:40:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54423 If your business is providing value to its customers, you already have loyal fans. Annie Tsai explains how to turn them into active referrers who spread the word about what you have to offer—and help you grow your business. A CSD Staff Report Picture this: After a long day’s work, you sink onto the couch

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Top Shelf Retailing http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/top-shelf-retailing/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/top-shelf-retailing/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:35:03 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54379 Shelf tags are becoming an increasingly important component of reducing out-of-stocks and providing a better customer service experience. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Before heading to his neighborhood gym, Terrance Stewart of Fort Worth, Texas, stopped at a local convenience store to pick up an energy drink. He selected his favorite from the cooler and

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Debit-Card Reform Helps Consumers Save Almost $18 Billion http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/debit-card-reform-helps-consumers-save-almost-18-billion/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/debit-card-reform-helps-consumers-save-almost-18-billion/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:25:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54381 Reform also supported 100,000 new jobs in three years. As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Congress reformed the debit-card swipe fees that banks charge merchants. The regulations have now been in effect three years. In that short time, the debit reform—known as the Durbin Amendment for the senator who introduced it—has created

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Making Prepaid Pay http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/54371/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/54371/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:35:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54371 Marketing, merchandising and knowing customers’ needs are keys to expanding prepaid profitability. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Research indicates that the amount of money spent at retail on prepaid services continues to grow in the U.S. But that may not necessarily mean the category will pay off handsomely for every c-store operator. The total dollars loaded

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Is Loyalty Right For Me? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/loyalty-right/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/loyalty-right/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:08:45 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54366 Experts debate the challenges and benefits of integrating mobile payment and loyalty at convenience stores. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mobile payment is fast becoming a reality. More c-stores and quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are introducing payment and/or loyalty apps, and the recent announcement of Apple Pay is being heralded as a game changer in the mobile

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Make Sure You’re Secure http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/make-sure-youre-secure/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/make-sure-youre-secure/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:56:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54350 With credit card data hackers becoming increasingly innovative and sophisticated in their methods, it’s more important than ever for retailers to comply with current security standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Target, Supervalu, UPS, PF Chang’s and, most recently, Home Depot and even Dairy Queen—American retailers are being victimized

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Thorntons Launches New Refreshing Rewards Program http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/breaking-thorntons-launches-new-refreshing-rewards-program/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/breaking-thorntons-launches-new-refreshing-rewards-program/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:45:32 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54309 New loyalty program is based on visits, not points or purchases. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Thorntons just announced the launch of its new Refreshing Rewards program, which is focused on enhancing experiences for its customer base across all its markets. “A loyalty program is something we have been looking into for a number of

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Jimmy John’s Suffers Data Breach http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/jimmy-johns-suffers-data-breach/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/jimmy-johns-suffers-data-breach/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:40:30 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54260 Notifies customers of payment card security incident. On July 30, 2014, Jimmy John’s learned of a possible security incident involving credit and debit card data at 216 of Jimmy John’s stores and franchised locations. Jimmy John’s immediately hired third party forensic experts to assist with its investigation. While the investigation is ongoing, it appears that

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PriceAdvantage Selects Ascentium Capital as Preferred Financing Provider http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/priceadvantage-selects-ascentium-capital-preferred-financing-provider/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/priceadvantage-selects-ascentium-capital-preferred-financing-provider/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:07:48 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54177 New financing options make fuel pricing software even more accessible. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has selected Ascentium Capital as its national preferred financing provider. This designation gives dealer and company owned convenience stores more options to finance PriceAdvantage software and services utilizing a financing provider that understands

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Wayne and Intel Discuss EPS In the Cloud Solution http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/wayne-intel-discuss-eps-cloud-solution/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/23/wayne-intel-discuss-eps-cloud-solution/#respond Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:38:01 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54162 The cloud-based solution allows retailers to process EMV, while still processing magnetic stripe card data, keeps data secure through tokenization, allows for increased aggregation of data and software updates above site. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Wayne Fueling Systems and Intel Services recently teamed to launch a cloud-based electronic payment system (EPS). The solution provides

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Details Emerge On Home Depot Security Breach http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/details-emerge-home-depot-security-breach/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/details-emerge-home-depot-security-breach/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:41:58 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54112 Months of security warnings reportedly preceded Home Depot hacking. More information has emerged on the Home Depot data breach, which the company confirmed on Sept. 8. The breach put as many as 56 million credit cards at risk—more than the 40 million affected by Target’s breach last year. Home Depot did not confirm the breach

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NCR To Help Retailers Integrate Apple Pay http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/ncr-help-retailers-integrate-apple-pay/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/19/ncr-help-retailers-integrate-apple-pay/#respond Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:36:58 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54091 “With Apple Pay, Apple has transformed mobile payments and will have an impact on the industry like never before,” says NCR spokesperson. NCR Corp. enables more than 485 million consumer transactions per day across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, and small businesses, globally. The announcement of Apple Pay is important to the industries NCR serves as

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MasterCard Teams With ApplePay http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/mastercard-teams-applepay/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/mastercard-teams-applepay/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:17:05 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54072 Now that Apple has unveiled Apple Pay, MasterCard cardholders can use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch for everyday purchases. MasterCard worked with Apple to deliver a seamless and secure payment experience. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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Virginia Department of Transportation Partners With InComm http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/virginia-department-transportation-partners-incomm/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/virginia-department-transportation-partners-incomm/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:25:07 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54066 Launches E-ZPass Reload Card, available at Pit Stop locations. InComm, a provider of integrated technology solutions to retailers at point-of-sale (POS), announced a partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to launch the Virginia E-ZPass Reload Card, which can be used by customers to replenish their E-ZPass accounts. Now, all customers who have or

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Davis Oil Launches New Website And App http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/davis-oil-launches-new-website-app/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/davis-oil-launches-new-website-app/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:02:07 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54007 Partners with OpenStore by Gasbuddy. Originally established as a family-owned fuel oil delivery business in 1966, Davis Oil was one of the first gas stations in southwest Michigan to successfully try self-serve gas. Some 50 years later, Davis Oil continues to evolve into one of the largest Marathon jobberships, in addition to c-stores, car washes

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Employing Low-Tech Solutions http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/employing-low-tech-solutions/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/employing-low-tech-solutions/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:42:43 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53996 Employee theft is a routine cause of shrink. Sometimes the best loss prevention solutions are the most basic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Employee theft is one of the biggest causes of shrink among c-stores, and retailers are combating it with high-tech solutions like high speed video cameras and online monitoring. But as is often

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PCI SSC Publishes Guidance On Skimming Prevention http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/pci-ssc-publishes-guidance-skimming-prevention/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/pci-ssc-publishes-guidance-skimming-prevention/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:35:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53982 Resource for retailers and others that handle payment card data updated to address memory scrapers, mobile device weaknesses, EMV chip cards and other new attack scenarios. At its annual North American Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, released an update to its

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Apple Pay: What You Need To Know http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/apple-pay-need-know/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/apple-pay-need-know/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:04:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53957 By Howard Herndon, president, BlackLine Payments Advisors While much of the attention at this week’s Apple press conference was on the iPhone 6 and the company’s new smartwatch, we believe—along with many industry analysts—that the most important news of the splashy event was Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system. When a giant like

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Wayne Partners With Intel In Next Generation EPS http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wayne-partners-intel-next-generation-eps/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wayne-partners-intel-next-generation-eps/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:23:46 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53940 Transforms electronic payment systems (EPS) for the fuel retailer. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the launch of a next-generation electronic payment system (EPS) solution in collaboration with Intel Services using its ‘Platform for Retail’ software. The cloud-based solution,

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PriceAdvantage Integrates With Pinnacle http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/priceadvantage-integrates-pinnacle/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/priceadvantage-integrates-pinnacle/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:08:29 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53938 Pinnacle Palm POS and Retail Back Office and Home Office Systems to provide insight into fuel and in-store sales correlation. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing new integrations with The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology company for the convenience store and petroleum industries. PriceAdvantage will integrate its

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Fuel Pricing Software http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/fuel-pricing-software/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/fuel-pricing-software/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:50:51 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53858 PriceAdvantage, a fuel pricing software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing version 2014.2 of its software. The new version gives company and dealer operated convenience stores a single platform to analyze complete wholesale, dealer and competitor fuel pricing strategies, manage pricing and margins, and revise pump prices and digital fuel signs in as

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Whole Foods Partners With Instacart http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/whole-foods-partners-instacart/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/whole-foods-partners-instacart/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:20:42 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53831 Customers gain the convenience of grocery delivery. Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods Market products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the convenient option to place orders via Instacart and pick up their order at

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Outdoor Surveillance http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/outdoor-surveillance/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/outdoor-surveillance/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:01:19 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53744 Sony Electronics has rolled out a new outdoor IP camera, the SNC-VB632D. The SNC-VB632D is a full HD infrared bullet camera with a dual lighting system featuring an infrared (IR) illuminator and a white LED illuminator.  The camera can automatically switch from IR black and white mode to LED color mode when motion is detected,

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Isis Rebrands As Softcard http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/isis-rebrands-softcard/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/isis-rebrands-softcard/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:58:06 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53719 Following the emergence of the Islamic militant group known as Isis, the mobile wallet company Isis rebrands. Isis Wallet is rebranding to Softcard. The new name follows the company’s announcement in July that it would rebrand to avoid any confusion or association with the violent Islamic militant group in the Middle East whose name, when

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7-Eleven Expands Belly Partnership http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/7-eleven-expands-belly-partnership/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/7-eleven-expands-belly-partnership/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:34:46 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53667 Loyalty program to grow to more stores across the nation. 7-Eleven is growing its partnership with Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty platform that teams with merchants to provide shoppers with rewards for repeat purchases. This expanded partnership will bring Belly to more than 2,000 new 7-Eleven convenience store locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Northeast,

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MAPCO Lauches Mobile Payments At The Pump http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/mobile-payments-comes-mapco/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/28/mobile-payments-comes-mapco/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:47:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53673 Customers can use the MY MAPCO app to pay for gas via PayPal. MAPCO Express, a convenience store chain and petroleum operator in the southwest U.S., has officially rolled out mobile payment for gas via a smartphone app as a payment option at 276 MAPCO locations, Mobile Payments Today reported. MAPCO teamed with PayPal, in

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Breaking: Malware Related to Recent Breach Incidents http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/27/breaking-malware-related-recent-breach-incidents/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/27/breaking-malware-related-recent-breach-incidents/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:26:40 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53637 Urgent immediate action required regarding POS malware that may have infected numerous organizations. In a statement released on Aug. 22 by the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, a warning was issued that a Point of Sale (POS) malware dubbed “Backoff” may have infected systems in over 1,000 organizations and represents a very

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Improving Network Uptime http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/14/improving-network-uptime/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/14/improving-network-uptime/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:30:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53459 Protecting transactions, critical data transfers and/or optional visibility from outages Store networks can fail for many reasons, from severe weather to telecom breakdowns. Unfortunately, many convenience store companies suffer through those outages because customers in the store can’t make purchases with credit/debit cards. Outages can have a big impact in other areas of the business

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PCI SSC Publishes Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/07/pci-ssc-publishes-third-party-security-assurance-guidance/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/07/pci-ssc-publishes-third-party-security-assurance-guidance/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:52:06 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53340 PCI Special Interest Group guidance provides merchants with payment security best practices for working with third-party providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting a third-party operations model that can put payment data at risk. Today, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, published guidance to help organizations

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