How to Optimize Inventory Control

Improper inventory control can become costly. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to inventory, manual control is no longer practical, nor is it necessary. Technology is available to make inventory control not only easier, but also more effective. When deciding how much of each product to carry, there are a number of factors

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Samsung Pay Soon Available to Discover Cardmembers

Discover plans to give cardmembers the ability to pay with their Discover card, using their mobile phone.   Discover cardmembers will soon have the ability to use Samsung Pay to make purchases with their discover card. Samsung pay is an app available on Samsung brand mobile phones, which stores credit card information in order to offer users a

McDonald’s to Launch Mobile App Nationwide

McDonald’s continues to search for ways to combat falling sales. The new McDonald’s mobile app will be available to customers nationwide by October this year. According to a report from The Daily Meal, the new McDonald’s mobile app, which was tested first in San Diego and will launch next in New York, will soon be

How To Crack Down on C-Store Theft

From employee training to video monitoring and community engagement, Mac’s fights crime from all angles. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is taking a multi-faceted approach to preventing theft. Proven tools include a growing Crime Busters Program, best practices in preventing internal shrink and graffiti

How to Pick a Loyalty Program

Whether the scope of a prospective loyalty package is small, medium or extra-large, ensure it includes everything to meet your needs. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Retail loyalty programs come in a variety of sizes, but there is only one goal: to keep customers returning to the store and buying more products. Whether you prefer

BellStores Reaches New Customers With Digital Coupons

Digital coupons lead to increased traffic and higher rings for BellStores. Campbell Oil Co.’s BellStores continues to find new ways to deliver deals to customers through their mobile phones. The easiest way for customers to find deals is by using their mobile phones to access BellStores’ branded app and Website. BellStores launched their app and Website with

Acumera Appoints Greiner As Chief Security Officer

Tabitha Greiner to lead cybersecurity efforts. Tabitha Greiner has joined Acumera as chief security officer. Greiner is a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) expert and will be responsible for leading all cybersecurity-focused initiatives for the business, including maintaining internal security practices and acting as an expert resource for customers and the retail community.

Eco-Friendly Ovens

Alto-Shaam has introduced several ENERGY STAR rated CT PROformance and CT Classic Combitherm ovens. The ovens, rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are engineered to provide unmatched performance, precision and quality, and are the all-in-one solution for efficient and consistent volume food production. The CT PROformance and CT Classic with EcoSmart technology boost energy […]

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Flexible Filter System

Frontline International has introduced the Flexible Filter System. This new standalone filtration system allows operators to easily swap out different filter media depending on the restaurant’s needs and usage. The three filter media choices Frontline offers are stainless steel, paper and a disposable carbon filter. Stainless steel is the most economical choice, whereas paper may […]

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How Are U.S. Customers Paying For Goods and Services In 2015?

Mobile, digital and tradition payments are converging, according to a shopper study released by Blackhawk Networks. In this day and age, customers are using numerous different payment methods, with digital and mobile payments serving as supplements to the traditional cash and card-based payments tools, according to new research released by Blackhawk Network. The study, “How

What Do Customers Want From Their Checkout Experience?

Long checkout lines can turn a pleasant shopping experience into a bad one, but there is a way to shorten wait times with Digimarc’s new software. An online study conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Digimarc Corp. has revealed that 88% of U.S. adults want their store checkout experience to be faster. For half

Secure Prepaid NFC Mobile Payments Offered Through InComm and Gemalto

InComm and Gemalto develop a strategic initiative to offer secure prepaid mobile NFC payments. As prepaid shopping continues to grow in popularity, companies are searching for ways to streamline these payment options, and also to add security to such payment methods. InComm, a company that offers prepaid products and transaction services, and Gemalto, a digital security company, have announced

Wayne Upgrades 480 PETRONAS Stations in Malaysia

To provide convenient payment options to consumers, PATRONAS Stations are now equipped with outdoor payment terminals. A new outdoor payment infrastructure based on Wayne iX Pay secure payment platform and Fusion forecourt platform has been designed for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) by Wayne Fueling Systems and its local partner Titan Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

Visual Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America Inc. has released the X554UNV display. This new display is ideal for indoor video wall applications in retail stores. With 55-inch tiles, an ultra-narrow bezel design of just 3.5millimeters between neighboring displays, commercial-grade brightness and Ultra HD TileMatrix support, the X554UNV delivers brilliant imagery and a 3840 x 2160 UHD […]

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Competitive Data Analysis

The key to better business is in the numbers. How do yours stack up? By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor Anymore, data analysis in the convenience store industry is as accepted as loss prevention tools and loyalty programs. Like other operational strategies, it’s how a c-store uses such technology that often forecasts how much benefit

ATMs: Dollars and Sense

Even as payment technologies advance, ATMs are here to stay and are expected to evolve even more in terms of customer services. To cash in, convenience retailers must decide which management model works best for them. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As credit card companies seek stronger security by adding chips to cards, and companies

How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

Touchscreen Digital Signage

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), original inventor of the touchscreen, has introduced the Elo Interactive touchscreen digital signage architecture. Elo Interactive matches commercial-grade I-Series touchscreen hardware with EloView software for more secure, cloud-based content delivery and remote device management. Elo makes it easy to connect online and in-store digital marketing campaigns using an innovative intelligent system […]

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CITGO Helping Its Retailers With EMV Transition

CITGO assists with financial burden as convenience store retailers work to upgrade their systems. As fraud liability shifts to retailers with the rollout of Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) enabled credit cards, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is helping its retailers and marketers through the difficult transition. Attendees at a recent Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) in

Acumera Welcomes Vice President of Operations

Danny White hired to lead new customer deployments and network operations to support growing customer base. Danny White has joined Acumera’s executive team as vice president of operations. As the vice president of operations, While will lead the staff that manages the deployment, installation and configuration of new customer sites. According to Dirk Heinen, Acumera’s

Apple Pay, Verifone To Support Rewards Programs

Verifone to accept NFC loyalty transactions via its MX 915 and MX 925 terminals. Apple Pay plans to begin supporting rewards programs from merchants with its fall launch of iOS9. The company made the announcement during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Verifone announced it will be among the first to enable clients to accept rewards

How To Unlock EMV Rules

Convenience retailers are working ahead of EMV deadline to meet compliance standards. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor A monumental change to the retailing industry will occur in October when merchants who are not EMV compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their outlets. It’s a change

PCI Council Revises Standards

The Council urges organizations to understand if and how their payment applications are using SSL and upgrade to a secure version of Transport Layer Security (TLS). The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has published Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) Version 3.1, and is recommending that retailers upgrade their payment applications to protect against

No Fees Agree with Patrons

Financial service programs, including fee-free ATMs, can help boost c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From wire transfers and check cashing to money order sales, bill paying and, increasingly, no-fee ATMs, financial services continue to add convenience for consumers and more in-store sales for retailers. In fact, ATMs—especially those of the no fee variety—can

Next Generation Canopy Light

International Light Technologies (ILT), a designer, manufacturer and distributor of LED-based lighting products, has introduced CanopyLight-13K, the next generation of its popular gas pump canopy LED retrofit light fixtures. All ILT CanopyLight LED retrofit fixtures are easy-to-install, cost-competitive replacements for existing energy-inefficient, high maintenance metal halide fixtures in gas pump canopies. ILT CanopyLight-13K LED Retrofit […]

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