Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Trends Wholesale LLC has introduced a bluetooth stereo headset that features talk and listen functionality. The Bluetooth stereo headset works with most devices. It supports A2DP Bluetooth and features digital volume control. It offers a built-in mic for hands-free calling. Other features include LED pairing/power indicator, USB port for battery recharge (lithium-ion battery), a 33-foot […]

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Unified Commerce Should Be Retailers’ Top Priority for 2016

The risk of losing  customers due to disappointing shopping experiences caused by a flawed omni-channel architecture has become a major issue. A new survey from the Boston Retail Partners has revealed that, although retailers recognize the need to create a holistic customer experience that transcends channels, most attempts are falling short. According to the 2016

Verifone Partners with Microsoft

New partnership offers new payment solutions to retailers. Through a new partnership with Microsoft, Verifone will provide comprehensive EMV-ready Payment as a Service solutions certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail and Commerce solutions. SIMPLIFIES EMV CERTIFICATION In addition to Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, merchants are challenged by the expensive and time consuming process

Allied Brand Capital Makes Conversion to New EMV Standards Easy for VP Racing Dealers

VP Racing Fuels Dealers have a new, hassle-free way to upgrade payment systems to meet industry standards. VP Racing Fuel Dealers who are looking to upgrade their fuel dispensers and payment technologies to meet new EMV payment standards are being offered financing incentives from as low as 0% by Allied Brand Capital. VP Racing Fuels

Hershey’s Cool Ship Contest

Hershey seeks to develop a practical shipping system to control temperatures of chocolate shipments year round. Shipping chocolate in the summer months and in warmer climates can pose unique challenges, and in an attempt to solve such challenges The Hershey Co. is seeking ideas for the development of a lightweight, affordable cool shipping system that

7-Eleven Becomes a Rewards Partner for FordPass

7-Eleven is offering rewards to FordPass users. A new smartphone app from Ford has entered into the automobile market, and 7-Eleven has signed on to be a rewards partner in the new movement. A report from ExtremeTech has announced that Ford has unveiled this new FordPass smartphone app in an attempt to provide general mobility services, along

Data: On the Level

When it comes to effectively tracking sales data and inventory, technology is changing at breakneck speed. If your company isn’t keeping up, then it’s probably behind the competition. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor In the fast-paced world of data collection and analysis, experts seem to agree on at least one thing—tracking sales by item,

PDI Introduces Newest Software

New software offering from PDI offers a single software solution to PDI customers. PDI/Enterpris 8, the newest software offering from PDI, a leading provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries, has been released. “PDI/Enterprise 8 is the manifestation of our vision to provide a single software solution

How To Master Forecourt Appeal

From touchscreens and videos to beacons, a combination of technologies can help entice your customers from the pump into the store. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Seemingly every week, a company or vendor introduces a new technology to help people get things done faster, more efficiently and with less energy. Yet with the overabundance of

EchoSat Acquires SmartLink

A new acquisition will expand EchoSat’s reach to over 20,000 merchants. The Smartlink division of Heartland Payment Systems has been acquired by EchoSat Inc. Through the addition of Heartland SmartLink’s Secure Payment Gateway (SPG) and managed network services, EchoSat, a provider of payments security, managed firewall and network solutions, will now serve more than 21,000

Casey’s Launches New App

Customers can order food, check fuel prices and play games with the new Casey’s App. The Casey’s App from Casey’s General Stores Inc. can now be used by customers to order pizza, made-to-order sub sandwiches and appetizers. Online ordering has been implemented in all Casey’s stores company wide, and the app makes online ordering even

Unwrap the eB2B Gift

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group It’s the time of year of giving and reflection—throughout the convenience store industry people come together in many different forums and give of their time to help each other and you. As I look back on 2015 one group that has been hard at work advocating for

Digital Labeling

LG Innotek from Korea has introduced a new digital pricing system called troniTAG GmbH. The troniTAG is the beginning of the conversion from the paper label to the electronic tag. The current troniTAG system connects the  existing POS or ERP system directly to the digital price display on the shelf. By using the wireless data […]

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Suction Display Products

iSEE Store Innovations LLC and Display Technologies have released iSEE’s best-in-class suction display products to beverage clients in Europe and Latin America. iSEE’s suction display products include the iSEE Apex, iSEE K2 and iSEE Sherpa product lines. Each of the display lines uses the power of the patent pending iSEE Suction technology–an ultra-reliable design that […]

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Mobile Pay Popularity Rises

Mobile pay is rising in popularity, but consumers prefer some programs over others.  More than 1,000 men and women were polled between Dec. 1-5, 2015 for Retale’s its second annual commissioned study which  examined consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payments during the holiday shopping season. The study focused on several key areas, including the

Dunkin’ Donuts Offering Apple Pay

Dunkin’ Donuts is giving customers an easier way to run on Dunkin’. Apple Pay is now available as an additional way for Dunkin’ Donuts customers to reload their card via the Dunkin’ Mobile App. With Apple Pay, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can use their iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to

Are Cell Phones The Cash Registers of the Future?

Mobile apps elevate consumer shopping experiences and increase customer loyalty. A new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has revealed that new or upgraded mobile apps and Websites are top commerce priorities for retailers. The 2015 BRP SPECIAL REPORT: “Mobile Commerce – The Future of Retail” reveals that mobile commerce has become a valuable revenue

Holiday Shopping Goes Mobile

More shoppers are gravitating towards shopping from home. Thanksgiving shoppers were less concerned with scouting which stores were open, because they weren’t looking to shop-until-they-dropped, but rather they were shopping from the comfort of their own homes. Mobile shoppers made up 63% of total online visits to retail sites. 50% of those visits occurred on

Gulf Visa Card

New Gulf Visa Card provides innovative way for customers to earn loyalty points. Gulf Oil LP has launched the new Gulf Visa Card. This new card is the company’s latest move to reward customer loyalty. Gulf Visa Card holders earn points every time they use their card – at Gulf stations and elsewhere. Points are then

Panoramic Display Doors

Anthony is pleased to announce the introduction of the Vista Elite Cooler Door that provides energy-free panoramic merchandise visibility and excellent anti-fog performance without door or glass heat. Exceeding 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) commercial refrigeration standards, Vista Elite doors utilize Anthony’s Vacuum Insulated Glass (VIG) technology for zero energy usage to increase energy […]

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NRF Stresses Importance of Cybersecurity

Although moves have been made to increase cybersecurity, industry professionals are calling for more improvement, on a federal level. Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technology for National Retail Federation, has represented retailers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. This event focused on trends

Swedish Match Launches New Website

Swedish Match is providing greater access to its products for both consumers and trade partners. In order to provide consumers and trade partners with an easy-to-navigate portal for all Natural Leaf Brands along with small and large format cigars, Swedish Match Natural Leaf Brands (Game, Game Leaf, 1882, Garcia y Vega) has launched a new website, www.gamecigars.com.

Kum & Go Partners in C.H.E.W Campaign

Kum & Go, Trident and Mondelēz International are seeking to customize the customer experience through human data intelligence. Kum & Go is partnering with Trident Brand for the launch of Trident’s C.H.E.W. (Change Health Every Week) campaign. During the campaign, select Kum & Go convenience stores will reward shoppers for healthy and active behaviors over the holiday season.

Mobile Payments Making Noise

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group “Cha-Ching!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kd7LcKbaUA) With all the announcements about mobile payments over the past few weeks I’ve been hearing, in my mind, the sound of an older cash register when the total button was pushed, and thinking that it should become the ringtone for mobile payments. Clearly all

How To Bring Fuel Customers Inside Your Store

Between technical advances and effective forecourt strategies, retailers are able to prompt patrons from the pump to points inside their stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Thanks to pay-at-the-pump technology, the average convenience store fuel customer spends five minutes or less filling up a gas tank. Some of them will come into the store and

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