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VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery

First U.S. lottery ticket receipt printed at gas dispenser in Greater Minneapolis area in November. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced the first U.S. lottery ticket sale at the fuel pump was printed at a Greater Minneapolis area convenience store and gas station in November. Lottery sales at the pump and other self-service locations represent a

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Quick Chek Hires Better With JobApp

Finds store managers at its 130 stores, saving hours per week and hiring better candidates with  talent management solution. Named among New Jersey’s Best Places to Work in each of the past three years, 130-store retailer Quick Chek puts a top value on its more than 3,000 team members. So when the Quick Chek looked

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Data Security and Evolving Payment Systems

Geolocation, QR codes and NFC are just some of the technologies changing they way people pay at retail. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In an ever-evolving world of payment technology, there’s no time for retailers to rest on their laurels when it comes to managing data security. Most c-store chains that intend to strive for

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Starbucks Offers Square Wallet Beginning Today

Starbucks extends mobile payment choice and convenience to its customers at participating U.S. stores. Starbucks Coffee Co. is now accepting Square’s mobile payment application, Square Wallet, in participating U.S. company-operated locations, offering customers another way to enjoy a quick, seamless payment experience at approximately 7,000 Starbucks stores. With Square Wallet people can pay at Starbucks

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Rugged Enterprise Hybrid Device

Consumer smart phones don’t last long in many field-based work environments—not because service contracts are too short, but because the phones aren’t tough enough to withstand drops on concrete, lack adequate battery life or don’t have enterprise scanning capabilities. Today’s mobile workers have a new option: Honeywell’s first-ever rugged Enterprise Hybrid Device (EHD), the Dolphin

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RFID Chips Inspiring Fraud

A special report by WTHR News 13 discovered that RFID (radio frequency identification) chips inside specific credit cards are offering thieves a new, easy way to steal credit card data. Cards with RFID tags can be identified by a symbol featuring four curved lines, or by the words payPass, payWave or Blink. Customers with these

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Higher Profits in the Cards

Technology is making it faster, easier and more convenient for consumers to purchase, manage and reload prepaid cards. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The direct-to-consumer prepaid market, including general-purpose, reloadable cards, such as Green Dot and NetSpend, phone cards and gift cards of all types, is growing by leaps and bounds. Last year, dollars loaded

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NRF Says Revised Swipe Settlement Still Unacceptable

“The settlement still does virtually nothing to protect retailers or their customers from the abuses of the card industry, and it attempts to silence any objections for years to come,” says NRF. The National Retail Federation (NRF) said a revised antitrust settlement filed in federal court Friday, Oct. 19, scarcely begins to address retailers’ concerns

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Integrating New PCI Standards

Point-of-sale attacks at merchant locations have highlighted weaknesses in POS systems integration. Most of these attacks can be traced back to remote-access portals that were inadequately secured. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. More than a few c-store operators grow anxious at the mention of anything to do with PCI compliance, and who can blame them.

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Learning from Wyndham’s Data Breach

How you respond before, during and after your credit card data has been compromised will have a major impact on your chain’s ability to survive a security fiasco. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In today’s high tech world, no one is immune to a breach. This June, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued hotel dynasty

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POS in Your Palm

Mobile technology is changing the retail landscape, offering a bevy of options for retailers to consider. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In today’s ever-evolving world of mobile payment technology, anyone with a mobile phone can take credit card payments, from a neighbor running a garage sale to an entrepreneur building a small business. Now, this

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Will EMV be DOA?

Visa is encouraging retailers to move toward the EMV technology seen in Europe, but some argue by the time it’s implemented in the U.S., the technology will be outdated. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Visa this fall announced plans to speed up the migration to contact chip and contactless EMV chip credit card technology in

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Tesco Deploys Retalix 10 Store Suite

Retalix to present at NRF Show, outlining the future of Tesco’s retail IT strategies. Tesco Plc. is set to deploy the Retalix next generation store platform following a successful initial pilot of the Retalix 10 Store Suite software. Tesco, the third largest grocery retailer in the world, has been a Retalix business partner since 1995,

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Preparing for Future Payment Systems

First it was PCI, now retailers have to prepare for the widespread launch of Near Field Communications, which is expected to become a widely used system for making payments by smartphone in the U.S. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry is increasingly turnings its gaze outdoors to the forecourt, not only for

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ATMs and ADA: Are You Compliant?

While the new compliance standards have been on the ATM industry’s radar for many years. Fully understanding the intricacies of the new rules could be an overwhelming task for many storeowners. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. The ATM industry is currently facing the most complicated, but critical challenge it has ever encountered—managing the technical, new

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Stacking the Cards In Your Favor

General purpose prepaid debit cards are rapidly gaining favor with consumers as an alternative to closed-loop gift cards. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sales of open-loop prepaid cards, issued by banks and credit card companies and able to be used at multiple establishments, are only going to go up as more consumers come to appreciate their

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epay Partners With Sprint

“When Sprint decided it needed a single solution for its prepaid independent distribution strategy, we committed the resources to building the tools and processes that would ensure Sprint’s success,” says epay spokesperson. epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc.—a global electronic payments provider and distributor, has signed an exclusive agreement to process  prepaid mobile airtime

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Thorntons Introduces Phone App

New app enables customers to have Thorntons with them 24/7. Louisville Ky.-based Thorntons has announced the launch of its brand-new proprietary, free mobile phone app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry users. The mobile phone app, powered by OpenStore by GasBuddy, is free for all Thorntons customers at http://thorntons1.com/MobileApps.aspx. “Thorntons consumers are extremely tech-savvy and

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Is Groupon Right for Your Business?

A growing debate continues as to whether Groupon, and other daily deal sites like Living Socialare good for businesses or are they a quick-fix marketing solution in a sluggish economy yielding short-lived, expensive, false hope. While the jury is still out, there is no debating that the daily deal phenomenon continues to grow in popularity.

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PCI Compliance: Benefiting the Industry in Multiple Ways

Convenience store operators must stop treating the need for compliance as a nuisance. It is a complex part of the business that must be faced head on. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Just one month ago, Chase, the second-largest U.S. bank, plus a host of other well-known businesses, notified customers that their e-mail addresses had

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Enhancing Prepaid Profitability

The convenience and budgeting control features that stored valued products offer holds appeal for a wide range of Americans. By Joe Bush Contributing Editor. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of “unbanked” lower-income consumers. And while store-level merchandising and marketing need to be

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Breaking the Cycle of Plastic

Retailers may have different strategies when it comes to ATMs, but with interchange fees at a record high, operators should be developing programs to get cash in customers’ hands to reduce card transactions. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. ATMs are ubiquitous in convenience stores, providing cash in a bright, secure, warm and mostly private environment,

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Kwik Trip Inc. Rolls Out SPIN

SPIN back office conversion technology by Solutran lowers depository fees, speeds funds availability for Kwik Trip. Kwik Trip Inc., which operates 415 locations in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, has completed its rollout of SPIN, Solutran Inc.’s POS and Imaging Network solution for electronic check conversion. Following SPIN implementation, Kwik Trip has reported lower depository fees,

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