New Mobile App Offers Truck Parking Availability Data

Park My Truck helps drivers locate available parking spaces while on the road. A new highway safety initiative has been launched by the numerous trucking and travel plaza leaders. This initiative will help professional drivers find available truck parking. Now, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a free

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Prepaid Cards Gain Popularity

Safety and security are contributing to the popularity of prepaid gift cards. The new Prepaid and Gift Cards in the U.S., 5th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that prepaid cards are growing in popularity, especially among low income customers, Millennials and individuals who are unbanked or underbanked. Giving credit where credit is due, PayPal

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Wayne Fueling Systems Makes EMV Compliance Easy for Fuel Retailers

Wayne Fueling introduces a simple, cost-effective way to make fuel dispensers EMV compliant. Wayne Fueling Systems has now made its new iX Pay T7 terminal available for fuel retailers. The iX Pay T7 terminal can be used to bring legacy fuel dispensers into EMV-compliance regardless of original equipment manufacturer. To be compliant with payment network

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Hands-Free Oil Management Systems

Frontline International has introduced a safer, cleaner way to get both fresh and waste cooking oil to and from fryers with the new, hands-free Smart Oil Management systems. The company offers a choice of automated, direct-plumbed systems for both fresh and waste oil, which send the oil directly to its destination with minimal or no […]

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QMart Markets to Millennials

A Snapchat geo-filter will help QMart to engage with Millennial consumers at the ACL Music Festival. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Assistant QMart, a chain of 24 convenience stores owned and operated by Northwest Petroleum, has announced that it will offer an on demand Snapchat geo-filter at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival, which is

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New eTIPS Version Improves Alcohol Sales Certification Process

eTIPS 3.0 helps cashiers and clerks build skills and gain confidence when and ensures that alcohol is sold responsibly and legally. Health Communications Inc. (HCI) has released a new version of its online alcohol sales training and certification program, eTIPS Off Premise 3.0. The eTIPS training and certification program is designed specifically for clerks, cashiers and

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Card Companies Cause EMV Adoption Slowdown

Even as many retailers have implemented EMV technology, consumer information is still not as safe as it could be. According to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF), it is not only retailers’ lack of action that is causing a delay in EMV adoption, but rather it is partially due to delays by the

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Conexxus Introduces New Mobile Payments Standard

Conexxus has now added great value to the mobile payments process, and interaction between mobile payments and loyalty has never been smoother. Conexxus’ new Mobile Payments Standard, v2.0 has been approved and is now being released to the industry. The new standard allows tightly coordinated interaction between mobile payment and loyalty applications, helping to create

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Retailers Find Value in Social Media Marketing

Retailers have plans to invest more funds into social media and digital marketing in years to come. When it comes to effective marketing for retailers, paid search and email marketing top the list, but new research has revealed that social media and mobile marketing are gaining favor among retailers seeking effective customer acquisition channels. This

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Pinnacle Launches Mobile App Solutions for C-Stores

Pinnacle has launched a new mobile app that will help to drive traffic at convenience stores. The Pinnacle Corp. has now officially launched its new consumer facing mobile app solutions for convenience store retailers across the U.S. Driving consumer traffic has always been one of the biggest challenges for convenience store retailers, and as a

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Follow Your Own Technical Compass

No matter where you choose to operate your c-store chain, technological opportunities exist throughout the U.S. By Ed Collupy Compasses have been sailors’ companions for years helping them navigate unfamiliar waters. This election year we’ve certainly heard of the moral compass candidates follow. In business, I’ve helped execute a business strategy guided by “true north.”

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Seasons Corner Market Implements EMV Upgrades

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has been chosen to help Seasons Corner Market continue its technological advancements. Colbea Inc., parent company of Seasons Corner Market, has announced that the company has chosen to adopt Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport Point of Sale with EMV functionality and FlexPay IV forecourt payment terminals. These payment terminals will be implemented across the company’s

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Loyalty’s Evolving Landscape

For convenience retailers, opportunity lies in using data to tailor loyalty programs to customers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Tony Huppert, founder of Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was surprised to find the USA Rocket on the Team Oil Travel property is a Pokéstop in the popular Pokémon Go game, which launched

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Autonomous Robot Food and Grocery Delivery

Washington D.C. has approved one company to launch its ground-based, autonomous robot delivery service. A new ground-based robot delivery service has been approved in Washington D.C., and one startup company will soon begin testing its autonomous robot delivery service. According to a new report from Recode, Starship Technologies has announced that its six-wheeled, autonomous robots

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Weighing Open-Loop Cards

Convenience stores can generate more customer interest with the right prepaid card program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Open-loop prepaid cards present an ongoing opportunity for c-stores, especially since the prepaid market is fostering activities that are putting more of these types of cards in consumers’ hands. Open-loop is a term most often associated with

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Sluggish EMV Adoption Rates

Less than half of retailers have adopted EMV compliant technology. New survey results from The Strawhecker Group (TSG) have revealed that EMV acceptance among card-accepting merchants is not as high as it was expected to be by this time. According to the survey results, it is estimated that only 44% of U.S. card-accepting merchants have

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Boosting Your Data IQ

From analyzing customers to assessing their inventory, more convenience stores are using operational data to their advantage. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Today, collecting data is clearly essential for convenience store retailers. But capturing and making use of the most pertinent information—from customer analytics to competitive intelligence—can spell the difference between operating in the black

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Don’t Be Camera Shy

Advanced surveillance and security products today offer convenience stores more high-tech options. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. retailers suffered an average shrink rate of 1.38% in 2015, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said this past June. Despite the fact that this is the lowest recorded rate in the past 24 years, that figure represents

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InComm Introduces Raindrop

A new enhancement to InComm’s FTP solution offers InComm customers access to a more diverse prepaid product portfolio. InComm has launched Raindrop, an enhancement of the company’s existing FTP solution, which allows companies to easily place orders for prepaid products by uploading a file. Through the new enhancement, customers can access all physical and digital

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GasBuddy Announces Brand Revamp

GasBuddy has unveiled its redesigned app, which will help to connect consumers with fuel retailers and offer new services to consumers. After surpassing 60 million downloads of its popular mobile app, GasBuddy has announced that the company is devising new consumer and business-to-business solutions that go beyond just fuel prices. The company’s new initiatives are

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Rutter’s Enhances Customer Experience at the Pump with NCR OPTIC

A new outdoor payment terminal will not only make Rutter’s fuel dispensers EMV compliant, but it will also help the company to provide an omni-channel experience to its fuel-and-go customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores is working to engage its fuel-and-go customers by implementing new technology at the pump. The new NCR OPTIC from NCR Realty is

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Select Shell Retail Fuel Sites to Adopt Cloud-Based POS

Cloud-based technologies are moving beyond small businesses, as Shell will soon implement iPad based POS systems at select locations worldwide. As a result of a new global framework agreement between Revel Systems and Shell Retail, selected retail fuel sites worldwide will soon be implementing Revel’s iPad based POS system services. Revel is an iPad Point

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Emerson Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson has expanded its global network of climate solutions-focused innovation centers, with the opening of its latest center at Georgia Tech. On Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016, Emerson celebrated the opening of The Helix Innovation Center at Georgia Tech. The new Innovation Center is located in the university’s Technology Square, and it offers a new site

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Optimizing Equipment

Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions Inc. has now introduced Site Supervisor, a simple, powerful facility control platform to optimize HVAC, refrigeration, lighting and other critical equipment. When connected to major building systems and equipment, Site Supervisor controls conditions and provides status updates if conditions change. Settings are easily adjustable to maximize performance while collecting and […]

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C-Store Technology Gets Convenient with the Internet of Things

By Paul Hepperla, vice president of North American solution sales, Emerson Climate Technologies Just as the Internet has revolutionized the everyday lives of consumers, the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming operational performance for convenience stores. IoT is a network of physical items within the store – refrigerated cases, ovens and other facility systems – implanted

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