ExxonMobil Partners with FuelCell Energy

ExxonMobil seeks to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase power generation at power plants. Through a recently signed agreement, ExxonMobil Corp. and FuelCell Energy Inc. will pursue novel technology in power plant carbon dioxide capture through a new application of carbonate fuel cells. This new initiative could substantially reduce costs and lead to a more

Conexxus Kicks Off in Tucson

From cloud computing to future technology and EMV, attendees learn about the latest technology and security issues impacting the c-store industry. The 2016 Conexxus Annual Conference kicked off this week at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The conference runs from May 1-5. Monday’s opening session began with an address from Gray Taylor, executive

New PCI Data Security Standard Published

New security standards from PCI address the growing threat to customer payment information. A new version of the data security standard from the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has now been published. Businesses around the world use these standards to safeguard payment data before, during and after a purchase is made. The PCI Data

Free Wi-Fi at Wawa

More than 700 Wawa locations will now be providing patrons with free Wi-Fi access. Thanks to a new partnership between Wawa and Comcast, Wawa customers can now enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi at a number of Wawa locations. According to a report from Philly.com, more than 700 Wawa locations will now be offering free

Customer-Friendly ATM

Cash Depot has introduced the Nautilus Hyosung 5200 ATM. With the NH-5200, locations with large revenue potential will enjoy the winning combination of a simple-to-use, customer-friendly ATM and the superior functionality and security of a financial institution cash dispenser. The NH-5200 features an eye-catching 12.1-inch LCD screen, provides a high-capacity 6,000 note load option and […]

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KenJo Markets Partners with Verge Retail

Customers of KenJo Markets will now have access to a number of services through the company’s new mobile app. KenJo Markets has partnered with Verge Retail, a subsidiary of MR Williams, to deploy Verge Connect to the customers of the convenience store chain’s 36 retail locations throughout East Tennessee. The launch is scheduled for later

Verifone Partners with Revel Systems to Simplify EMV Compliance for Merchants

Revel now offers a number of new payment solutions through its partnership with Verifone. In an effort to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants, the new Verifone Point Classic, its newest comprehensive payment services solution, has officially been integrated with Revel Systems’ leading iPad Point of Sale (POS). Payments have become remarkably complex

Cruisers Launches Mobile App

Cruisers customers now have the chance to win exclusive prizes through the company’s new mobile app. Through a new partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore, Boyett Petroleum’s Cruisers gas stations and convenience stores has announced launched a brand new mobile app. In addition, Cruisers has announced a complete redesign of its Website. The new and improved website,

Mondelēz International Announces Strategic E-Commerce Partnership

Chinese consumers will now have greater access to Mondelēz International products. Mondelēz International has announced a new strategic e-commerce partnership with Alibaba Group. This partnership will provide Mondelēz International greater access to e-commerce, and will expand its reach and deepen its penetration in the Chinese market. Chinese consumers will now be able to purchase a fuller

RaceTrac Launches Rewards App

TracFanatics can now earn a multitude of rewards through the new RaceTrac Rewards app. Just in time for the impending summer heat, RaceTrac has launched the new RaceTrac Rewards app in order to reward its loyal customers, and to help them cool down when the weather heats up. The new app rewards seven in-app coupons

U-Gas Launches New Mobile App

U-Gas customers can learn about new promotions first with the new U-Gas app. U-Gas, in partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore, has launched a new mobile app. U-Gas has been serving the St. Louis area since 1977, and serves the community with 19 locations throughout the area. The official U-Gas app allows customers to get real time

Security: An End-to-End Job

From cash management to surveillance to data security, protecting c-stores from all areas of theft is a nonstop commitment. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Do you know how secure your convenience stores are? Surveillance cameras and secure cash storage keep stores physically safe, but to be fully secure, retailers also need to think about point-of-sale

Valley Dairy Launches Mobile App

A number of new services are now available to Valley Dairy customers through the company’s new mobile app. Members of the Grand Forks, N.D. community, which Valley Dairy has served for nearly 50 years, now have access to the new mobile app from Valley Dairy, which was created in partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore. Customers can

QuickChek Introduces 3D Printed Subs

QuickChek’s mobile ordering platform has become even more convenient. QuickChek customers now have the opportunity to order the world’s first 3D-printed subs. These one-of-a-kind subs are available exclusively through Mobile Ordering on the QC Mobile App. “This technological breakthrough was created to enhance our app-based Mobile Ordering platform,” explained John Schaninger, vice president, sales and

Loyalty Evolves With the Times

2016 is expected to bring more integration of loyalty programs in mobile payments and increased development of program apps. Retailers are also moving toward encouraging 100% redemption of loyalty points. For customers, the benefits of being a loyalty program member become the most salient when the customer redeems a reward (e.g. gets discount, product or

Moving Forward with POS Tools

It might be surprising to learn that a great number of smaller convenience store retailers in the U.S. don’t have a point-of-sale (POS) system at all, according to Software Advice, an information resource firm that counsels software buyers. “It doesn’t make sense when you consider the affordability and the benefits of all the POS systems

Cumberland Farms Surpasses $1 Billion in ACH Payments

Cumberland Farms uses savings from merchant branded debit program to fund rewards for customers and to drive consumer loyalty. Through the utilization of the ZipLine merchant branded SmartPay card and mobile solutions, on October 1, 2015, Cumberland Farms became the first U.S. retailer to surpass $1 billion in payments processed with an ACH payment product.

Prepaid Shifts Toward Digital

The prepaid category is expected to continue to grow in 2016, but the rise of digital gift cards could impact convenience store sales of physical gift cards. Mercator Advisory Group projected that the total open-loop prepaid card market will have a compound annual growth rate of 7% through 2018. Closed-loop overall will have a compound

Innovative Shopping Mall: A Selling & Buying Experience

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group There was a long line when I ordered my coffee at the airport, but it moved pretty well. I placed my order, paid cash and proceeded to the pickup area. The baristas prepared a variety of drinks, placing them in a random fashion on the counter as

Keying on Electronic Payment Issues

According to a Pew Research Study conducted in December 2014, some 64% of adults own a smartphone, including 85% of those ages 18-29 and 79% of those 30-49. In 2014, consumers used those phones to spend an estimated $4 billion at the point of sale (POS). Known as “mobile proximity payments,” purchases using a phone

Retailers Fight Theft at Every Turn

As workplace theft remains a constant issue for retail operations, c-stores continue to look for new means to complement tried-and-true theft prevention strategies, as 2016 progresses. Theft by employees, of both stock and cash, is now among retailers’ top three areas of concern, according to the “US Retail Fraud Survey 2015” conducted by Retail Knowledge,

QuickChek Offers Mobile Ordering

Customers can now use their mobile phones to order and customize menu items from QuickChek convenience stores. Continuing to define the term “fresh convenience,” QuickChek has announced that customers can now place orders in advance through their smart phones. Beginning Monday, March 14, customers can now order freshly prepared breakfast menu items, custom-made subs and

Ricker’s Fights Back Against Skimming

Ricker’s Oil Co. has announced that it will invest over $100 thousand in anti-skimming efforts. A rise in the frequency of skimming incidences at gas stations throughout central Indiana has certain retailers stepping up their defense. According to a report from Inside Indiana Business, Anderson, Ind.-based Riker Oil Co. is taking steps to combat the

Swedish Town Features Staff-Free Convenience Store

Customers in the Swedish town of Viken can now purchase essentials after-hours. Supermarkets and convenience stores are not always open when consumers are in need of supplies, and a new convenience store in Viken is presenting a solution to that problem. According to a report from Business Insider Tech, customers can now purchase milk, bread

Honey Farms and The Pinnacle Corp. Expand Partnership

The technology provided by The Pinnacle Corp. is giving Honey Farms a competitive advantage. The Pinnacle Corp. is helping Honey Farms Inc. to gain a competitive advantage as the companies continue to expand their relationship. Honey Farms has now adopted the home office, back office and self-branded gift card software from industry technology provider The

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