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Robinson Oil Rolls Out VNET

“Couponing at the pump, combined with targeted offers at checkout, has the ability to drive a significant increase in c-store sales,” says Robinson Oil president. Robinson Oil, following an initial PAYMEDIA pilot, is now implementing VeriFone Digital Network (VNET) at all of its 34 Rotten Robbie retail locations in Northern California. Couponing is the newest

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Victory Marketing Installs Express Ordering

“The Express Ordering solution is a perfect balance of productivity and customer service, with a modern edge,” says director of foodservice at Sprint Mart. Victory Marketing LLC, a Mississippi-based convenience store chain branded Sprint Mart, has selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport POS with Xpedient, Express Ordering, to increase high margin sales and boost efficiency throughout its

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Valero Uses PriceAdvantage In 100 Stores

Valero reaches a milestone mark as it rolls out PriceAdvantage at its 100th store. Valero Corner Stores has met its first milestone by rolling out PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management program, to the 100th store in less than a month. The Corner Store brand is a network of more than 1,000 Valero company-owned fuel retail

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Wayne Partner With Isis To Advance Mobile Commerce

“Integrating the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application will open entirely new payment, loyalty and promotional opportunities for consumers and fuel retailers,” says Paul de la Port, vice president of Wayne, on its partnership with Isis. Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Wayne agreed to provide integrated support for the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application, which allows customers to

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7-Eleven Fights Against Illegal Underage Sales

New technology to help prevent sale of age-restricted products to underage customers. 7-Eleven Inc. is taking a new and aggressive approach to enhance its social and corporate responsibility of illegal underage sales of age-restricted products. On April 16, the company will debut a new technology in each of its 1,600 7-Eleven stores in California that

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Advansys Technology

Hobart’s Advansys is the most advanced warewashing system to date. Advansys technology includes innovations that save operators time and money, make the equipment easier to maintain and service, and improve productivity. The first product available in the Advansys line is Hobart’s new Advansys Ventless Door Type Warewasher. It is a recipient of the 2010 National

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NCR Recognized by The Technology Association of Georgia

“This TAG award recognizes our growing development center for mobility and cloud applications,” says NCR spokesperson. The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), an association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, announced NCR Corp. as one of its Top Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG recognized this prestigious group at the

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Product Innovation & Marketing Fuel Dispensed Beverages

The cold frozen dispensed category is undergoing some major changes these days with many c-stores adding milkshakes and even energy slushees to their offerings. The additions continue to make the cold and frozen dispensed category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. Digging down into the category even more, the fourth annual CSD/Balvor

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ARCO Installing inovationTV at 138 Locations

New stations to add more than three million monthly impressions to the GSTV Network. ARCO has signed to have inOvationTV installed at 138 of its stations immediately through a partnership with Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national away-from-home television network at the pump, and Wayne, A GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers

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Johnsonville Launches C-Store Website

“The Johnsonville C-Store Website will provide practical business benefits to our c-store foodservice end-users,” says Johnsonville spokesperson. Johnsonville Sausage has introduced a new website that offers extensive tools and resources to help c-store foodservice operators run their businesses and increase profitability. “Our Website is designed to provide a one-stop information resource for our c-store end-users

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The Pantry Renews FleetCor Partnership

“FleetCor has been flexible and innovative in providing new products, services and programs to help The Pantry grow commercial business through our retail stores,” says a spokesperson for The Pantry.   The Pantry has renewed its commercial fleet card contract with FleetCor Technologies Inc., which has been managing The Pantry’s fleet card portfolio for over

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Building a Better Back Office

Back-office systems will continue to serve c-store operators better in 2012 and beyond. “The quality of point-of-sale (POS) software that is available now, and at lower prices, is changing the market,” said Rick Yost, operations manager for Dead River Co. in Bangor, Maine. “There are some great products out there moving into the clouds, where

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Managing Technology Within An Organization

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” — From the HAL 9000 computer, 2001: A Space Odyssey When it comes to technology solutions for your business it is easy to get carried away with the latest-and-greatest gadgets and solutions.

Lessons in Retail Leadership

Despite fast-changing customer expectations, shortened product and retail life cycles and rapid technological advancements, many retailers have not taken advantage of opportunities to innovate. By applying new perspectives to established ways of doing business, convenience store retailers can strengthen their competitive and financial positions, improve the customer experience and create a new life cycle of

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Thriving on Teamwork

Getting one store back in order in just two-and-a-half days proved to be the ultimate retail challenge. By Jim Callahan. One of my retail clients recently had to take back two failed convenience stores—that were in extremely bad condition—from a franchisee on a Wednesday and wanted them back online by the weekend. I love a

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Half Century Man

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Feb. 11 was a milepost of sorts – I turned 50! As I enter the second half of my life [sic], I look back at the first 50 years with a great sense of pride and exuberance.  I have been blessed with the opportunities

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Shell Launches New Fuel

New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines address changes in car engine technologies and consumer needs. Shell is launching its new Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines to address the increasing need for engine protection. With advanced engine technologies coming to the market and with consumers holding on to their existing vehicles longer, it is becoming increasingly important for

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PS Food Mart Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“The initiative includes a newly designed Website and a free PS Food Mart mobile app,” says president and CEO of Folk Oil. PS Food Mart recently launched a new Website and is now providing a free mobile app for customers with smartphones. The new PS Food Mart site showcases store amenities, products, promotions, gas prices

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Retailers Urged to Lighten Up

While LED lighting has helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. During holiday season 2011, the 74-foot Norway spruce in New York City’s Rockefeller Center was covered in 30,000 multicolored light-emitting diodes (LED). Those glowing decorations were an

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Budweiser Launches ‘Track Your Bud’

Digital experience traces the origins of customers’ Budweiser. Budweiser has introduced “Track Your Bud,” a digital campaign integrated with packaging that will allow consumers to trace the origins of the beer they hold in their hands to one of Budweiser’s 12 U.S. breweries. By using their Smartphone to scan the QR code on Budweiser packaging,

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CITGO Introduces Loyalty Bucks Program

Partnering with Exclusive Connection$, CITGO looks to make the loyalty experience streamlined and easy. CITGO Petroleum Corp. knows that when it comes to its network of approximately 6,000 locally owned locations, a “one-size-fits-all” is not always the most effective approach for its brand programs. That is why the company developed its new CITGO Loyalty Bucks

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PeopleMatter Secures $14 Million Financing

Focus on hourly workers in $2.5B market sets software company apart. PeopleMatter, provider of a talent management solution (TMS) specifically designed for hourly workforces in the service industry, announced today a $14-million Series C round of venture funding led by Morgenthaler Ventures. This financing will continue to accelerate PeopleMatter’s product-innovation and customer-acquisition strategies. Existing investors

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The Evolution of Cash Management

Smart safes are getting smarter and so are the convenience store operators who use them. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor It’s all about the money, so handle it intelligently. Having a smart safe—and training employees to use it effectively—relieves a lot of the traditional headaches associated with handling cash, according to Los Angeles-based retail security

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Drew Arberg Joins NACS

Arberg appointed new data integrity coordinator. Drew Arberg has joined NACS as its data integrity coordinator. Most recently, Arberg worked as a research assistant for the Charleston School of Law’s Career Services Department. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in political science in 2009. Arberg is a resident of Reston, Va.

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Shell Launches iPad App

New app showcases “some of the amazing means we use to produce energy, deliver it to local communities and help people use it more efficiently,” says Shell spokesperson. Shell has launched a free iPad application called INSIDE ENERGY to highlight the vital role innovation and technology play in delivering energy to power people’s lives. A campaign

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