Is Cashless Now King?

More and more, U.S. consumers are adding modern payment systems to their wallet so they can have more flexibility when making transactions. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The continued use of cash is surprising given its inconveniences and the risk consumers face in carrying it around. Love it or hate it, cash is increasingly playing

Tesla Looks to Sheetz for Expansion of EV Charging Stations

An increase in consumer interest in EVs calls for an increase in charging stations, but will gas station owners agree to adding these stations on their lots? Sheetz may soon be helping to make taking long road trips in electric vehicles (EVs) possible. A new report from the Consumerist has revealed that Tesla Motors is

TravelCenters Introduces In-App Purchase Feature to its TruckSmart App

Professional drivers can now guarantee themselves a parking space at a TA or Petro Stopping Center using their mobile phones. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the launch of an exciting update to its TruckSmart Mobile App. The new feature that has been added to the free app is the mobile version of TravelCenters popular

Kroger Sues Visa

Kroger has joined the growing list of retailers that are suing credit card companied over new debit card acceptance rules. Kroger Co. recently announced that the company is filing a lawsuit against Visa Inc. According to a report from PYMNTS, Kroger is suing Visa over EMV PIN debit-card transactions. In the suit, Kroger claims that

Walgreens Introduces Convenient Paperless Coupons

Walgreens is making it even easier for its customers to save with the launch of new digital coupons on the brand’s mobile app. Walgreens now offers its customers the opportunity to redeem paperless coupons from Walgreens and manufacturers for in-store and online purchases. These new digital coupons can be “clipped” from product detail pages, and

An Interactive Buying Experience

BMC Universal Technologies Inc. has introduced its new Media-Kiosk. This new Media-Kiosk provides an innovative method of selling items and provides consumers with convenience, speed and personalized purchases. The new Media-Kiosk provides an interactive buying experience with state-of-the-art, patent pending features including: consumers’ ability to have complete control over their selection and quantity of snack […]

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The Benefits of Access Control Security Systems for C-Stores

By David Hochman, Founder, DJH Marketing Communications Everything from limiting the points-of-entry, to controlling which employees have access to high-value storage rooms, access control solutions can cover many different aspects of convenience store security and risk management. The convenience store category collectively faces a number of challenges with regards to building access control to consider.

Parker’s Launches Mobile Pay Option

Parker’s is saving its customers time with its new, user-friendly Mobile Pay option. Savannah, Ga.- based Parker’s recently launched its new Mobile Pay option to its Parker’s PumpPal members. With this innovative, robust Mobile Pay option, customers can now pay for transactions at the pump or in stores using their smart phones. This GPS-enabled technology

Loyalty Branches Out

Apps offer the convenience of digital rewards, plus analytics to enable retailers to better target customers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As consumers grow increasingly mobile, loyalty programs are evolving to keep up with technological trends. C-stores of all sizes are positioning themselves to target customers on their smartphones, in order to better reward customers

The Payment Method of the Future

As consumers continue to accept financial technology services, some remain concerned about the security of using such technologies. The number and accessibility of technology services that allow consumers to interact with, receive and manage their finances is on the rise, and they are changing the way consumers make purchases and financial decisions. As FinTech* services

A Modest Tool to Ward Off Crime

GPS technology helps Mac’s Convenience Stores fight back against cigarette theft. By Sean Sportun The convenience store environment is a unique business model for a security professional. So, when it comes to preventing crime and protecting our employees we know we need to consistently evaluate our current practices and think outside the box. Two of

Visa Helps Reduce Fraud at Fuel Pumps

Visa Transaction Advisor has provided a bridge solution to fuel retailers as they work to adopt EMV compliant technology. Visa Inc. has reported the results of its Visa Transaction Advisor (VTA) service. VTA is a service that helps reduce fraud at the gas pump by extending the power of Visa’s global risk intelligence to fuel

Boston Retail Partners Offers Solutions for POS and EMV Transaction Speed

Boston Retail Partners is addressing retailers’ concerns about how EMV transaction processing times are impacting customer satisfaction. Despite the benefits that EMV presents to many retailers, the new transaction process has had a negative impact on transaction processing times, and many retailers are second-guessing the methods and systems that they have used to implement EMV.

Kent Kwik Stores Adopt PDI/Lottery Software

Kent Kwik convenience stores are monitoring lottery tickets more efficiently with the adoption of PDI/Lottery software. Following a successful period of beta-testing, West Texas-based The Kent Cos. has officially completed its rollout of the PDI/Lottery software system to all 39 of its Texas-based Kent Kwik sites. PDI is a leading provider of enterprise-class automation software

Gears That Keep Technology Moving

Industry standards improve profitability by reducing costs and improving competitiveness. By Ed Collupy Standards, in my early days of retailing, were always there to set expectations, something to work by, and measure compliance success with. Then I learned about technical standards. NAXML, EDI, ISO, ARTS, PCI—and the acronyms go on. These weren’t as easy to

Ozone Ice Sanitation

Ice-O-Matic has launched its new Ozone Delivery System: the O3-Matic. This new groundbreaking device infuses ozone into incoming water, killing microbes on every surface it touches and retarding future growth. In addition, the ozone becomes entrapped in the ice cubes, carrying the same sanitation benefits to the bin and dispenser. Ozone increases intervals between sanitizing, […]

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Streamlined Refrigeration System

Master-Bilt has restructured its existing Quick Ship walk-in refrigeration system. Master-Bilt’s updated Quick Ship models provide a simpler, streamlined experience for AutoQuotes users. Over 200 new MB5 model Quick Ship walk-ins, which are self-contained, feature a Packaged Refrigeration System (PRS-2), creating a package that fits most cooler or freezer applications either inside or outside. Panels […]

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Convenient Car Wash

Ryko has introduced the newest addition to its car wash equipment, the SoftGloss Drive-Thru, providing a low-maintenance, high-quality option. With multiple configurations, including drive-through and drive-in/back out configurations, SoftGloss is perfect for any space. SoftGloss combines top and side brushes for maximum cleaning power for vehicle front, sides, rear and top, and integrates all wash […]

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Research and Markets Offers Insight into Mobile Payments

The new mobile payments report from Research and Markets offers advice to retailers on how to succeed with mobile payments technology. A new report has been added to Research and Markets’ array of report offerings. The new “Mobile Payments at the Service Station- Trend Report” offers key insights into the mobile payment industry, and instructs

Kwik Fill Introduces Mobile Offers

As a result of a new partnership, Kwik Fill will now present mobile offers to its customers. Customers of the Kwik Fill/Red Apple convenience store chain will now have access to mobile offers as a result of a new partnership between the chain’s parent company, United Refining Co., and Koupon Media. The new mobile offers

New Mobile App Helps Combat Skimming

As customer payment information security becomes a top priority, retailers are seeking ways to ensure that their customers’ data is safe. NACS has teamed up with The Pinnacle Corp. in an effort to help convenience store operators combat skimming. Skimming is a growing concern in the convenience industry, as fuel dispensers are one of the

Payment Technology Innovation

Customers are increasingly seeking alternate payment options, but cash remains a top choice. As Americans continue to utilize new payment options innovation is on the rise in the payments category. According to a report from Blackhawk Network, customer’s are placing a great deal of importance on in-store payment processes, and it is now influencing brand

Convenience Store EMV Compliance Simplified

New technology from Verifone and First Data is making it easier for convenience retailers to become EMV compliant. Migrating to EMV payment acceptance in the U.S. often requires merchants to spend considerable time and resources to certify point of sale (POS) systems with each of their processors. Gas stations and convenience stores face even greater

Accepting EMV at the Pump

A year and a half before the liability deadline, FlexPay IV allows gas stations and convenience stores to accept EMV payments at the pump. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, in partnership with Verifone, has developed the next generation of EMV-certified dispenser-based payment terminals – FlexPay IV. The new FlexPay IV will enable gas stations and convenience stores to

Turning to Inventory Management

Whether for one store or 1,000, good inventory management can keep customers happy and retailers profitable. Many convenience stores are using technical advances to take the guesswork out of buying to keep the turns coming. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor The days of counting product and filling out inventory forms by hand are a

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