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Preparing for PCI D-Day

As the deadline for PCI DSS 2.0 compliance approaches, chains should make sure they understand the changes— and triple check that they meet the requirements. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. On Jan. 1, 2012 all convenience store retailers must comply with PCI DSS 2.0 standards. While some chains have been ready for more than a

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KSS Fuels Restructures Management Team

Revised structure accommodates expanded operations and broader suite of products and services. KSS Fuels, provider of fuels pricing, site evaluation and network planning software, analytics and consulting services to the oil and gas, convenience store, grocery and retail industries, has restructured its management organization, following its recent acquisition of MPSI. The newly structured management team

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Love’s Introduces Cardless Fueling

Love’s to install RFID technology nationwide, offering greater control over fuel theft and speedier transactions for customers. Love’s Travel Stops is set to install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide. When combined with a RFID tag in the cab of the truck, this technology will enable fuel transactions without a

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Attracting and Keeping 18-34-Year-Old Consumers

Do you fully understand your core demographic of 18-34 year old shoppers? Wonder about their price sensitivity toward key products like foodservice and beverages? Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th to hear an exclusive MSA report from its pioneering cciPanel, the consumer research field’s first mobile panel to capture

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The Pantry Partners with Western Union

The Pantry Inc., which operates more than 1,600 convenience stores in 13 states, reached an agreement with Western Union to provide an in-lane money-transfer service, Western Union goCASH, at its Kangaroo Express Stores. The new service enables consumers to pay for a domestic or global money transfer while shopping at more than 1,650 Kangaroo Express

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National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees Boosts Charitable Funding

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees announced that it has helped raise nearly $750,000 this year for two of its charitable partners, Hire Heroes USA and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Hire Heroes is a non-profit organization offering transition assistance, job search assistance and job placement services to those veterans injured or disabled

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ConocoPhillips Begins Rolling Out KickBack Loyalty Program

ConocoPhillips is officially rolling out the KickBack Points Coalition Loyalty Program to branded marketers through a series of Road Show meetings starting today in Seattle. The meeting in Seattle will be the first of 28 Road Show meetings starting on the West Coast, before moving into the other ConocoPhillips markets. This program is a turnkey

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Nugget Ice Machines

Manitowoc offers two types of nugget ice machines that complement any food and beverage applications from carbonated beverages to blended smoothies, making them perfect for use in convenience stores. The RN Series ice machine produces a tubular nugget ice ideal for dispensing in beverage applications, as the longer nugget discourages congealing. The ice shape is

Rutter’s Breaks Ground For New Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores has broken ground for a 5,200-square-foot convenience store at routes 30 and 997 in Greene Township, Franklin County. The 24-hour store is expected to support 80 jobs during construction and create 40 permanent jobs when it opens this spring. It will be Rutter’s fourth store in Franklin County and 57th in Pennsylvania.

Revolutions in Sales Data Gathering

Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA) and Paradigm Sample have launched Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cci Panel), the consumer research field’s first mobile panel designed to capture sales information from hard-to-reach younger shoppers within the convenience-store channel. The cci Panel employs cutting-edge Smartphone technology in breakthrough applications, as a means to both recruit c-store shoppers as

Sheetz Enlists Teradata Corp.

Sheetz Inc. is installing the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance by Teradata Corp. Once installed, the new data warehouse appliance is expected to further increase data management capacity at the convenience store chain-known for its award-winning food, innovative technology and excellent customer service. Sheetz continues to grow its network of stores and the need for more

Securing Payment Data

The SWAT Team   During its brief tenure, the PCATS Data Security Standards committee has proven extraordinarily active, holding biweekly conference call meetings that are regularly attended by as many as 50 members. As PCATS Executive Director Gray Taylor pointed out, “These aren’t single-site operators. These are people who are in charge of security for

Data Security Solutions

First Data Corp. and VeriFone Systems Inc. are joining forces to offer a VeriFone edition of the First Data TransArmorSM solution to U.S. multi-lane and petroleum merchants that will give businesses using VeriFone’s MX 800 series of devices, Secure PumpPay and the Ruby point-of-sale (POS) solutions a complete security solution combining VeriFone’s VeriShield encryption along

BP Partners With Telvent

BP has selected Telvent DTN TABS, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, to manage U.S. credit limits and monitor production allocations. DTN TABS terminal automation system authorizes or denies fuel loads based on pre-defined controls, which reduces the risk of credit losses or inventory depletion. By monitoring real-time load data from its terminals, BP

Chevron Launches We Agree Campaign

Chevron Corp. has launched a new global advertising campaign titled “We Agree,” but a hoax group is attempting to ruin the company’s thunder. The campaign by Chevron highlights the common ground Chevron shares with people around the world on key energy issues.  It also describes the actions the company takes in producing energy responsibly and

Thorntons Launches eGift Cards

Thorntons Inc. has signed a deal with Transaction Wireless, a provider of virtual mobile and gift card services. Transaction Wireless is using its proprietary technology for gift card services to create a turnkey store on Thorntons Web site at www.thorntonsinc.com and Thorntons Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thorntonsinc. The new agreement is being launched through a relationship

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The f’real program offers three delicious product lines in one simple blending system—classic Milkshakes, real fruit Smoothies and gourmet Frozen Cappuccinos. f’real’s new FRLB4 has a dynamic 22” touch screen, integrated ServiceAlert™ diagnostics, and is 100% self cleaning and sanitizing.  Having a great-tasting frozen beverage destination has never been so easy.   Booth #7940 f’realwww.freal.com

Tackling New Challenges

During her 13-year career in the industry, Donna Perkins has come a long way. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn drive her success. As pricebook manager for Calloway Oil Co., Perkins maintains costs and retails for all items in the company’s 23 E-Z Stop Food Mart stores in Tennessee. She also handles vendor issues, cost

Shopping for POS Solutions

Convenience to customers today means one-stop shopping, short lines at the counter and the ability to get in and out of a store fast. New integrated point-of-sale (POS) solutions are speeding up service and offering customers the convenience they demand thanks to faster processing times. What’s more, they’re saving operators money, labor and time. Finding

Electronic Wallet: The New Way to Pay

The thirsty teenager steps up to a bright red vending machine and takes out her mobile phone. She places the phone near a reader attached to the machine and a cold can of cola is immediately dispensed. This scene is repeated thousands of times each day for thirsty consumers—in Japan. For almost six years, Japanese

Processing PCI Confusion

Many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI, after this summer’s deadline for software compliance was relaxed after a request by the major oil companies, giving scrambling retailers a little more time to comply. But retailers be warned: chains that face a breach could still get hit with huge fines. “Some

ConocoPhillips Adds Nucleus POS System

ConocoPhillips has approved the Nucleus point-of-sale (POS) system from Dresser Wayne, a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, for implementation at Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 fuel sites across the U.S. ConocoPhillips-branded sites can now benefit from the Nucleus POS system’s touch-screen interface, simple usability and advanced merchandising features. “The Nucleus POS system is

F.L. Roberts Adds Web-based Training

F.L. Roberts has launched a new partnership to bring online training services through Ready Training Inc. (RTO) and Targeted Solutions to their employees.   “We understand the importance of delivering quality training for our employees. By utilizing the industry knowledge of Targeted Solutions and RTO’s Web-based training technology, we can ramp-up our efforts in providing

Valero Adds Touch-Screen POS System

Valero Energy Corp. has approved the Nucleus point-of-sale (POS) system by Dresser Wayne, an innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, for implementation at Valero-branded fuel sites across the U.S. The popular touch-screen POS system has demonstrated its compatibility with the Valero payment network and seamless integration with Valero operations. To celebrate the announcement, both Dresser

Superior Surveillance Helps Bolster the Bottom Line

In today’s difficult economy, most convenience store owners are turning their focus to profit driving initiatives to give business a boost. When dollars are tight, allotting extra funds to upgrade security equipment might seem a lower priority or even a frivolous expense, but experts note investing in security and surveillance measures can be a retailer’s

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