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Surveillance Solutions

Observint Technologies, a provider of video surveillance, audio surveillance and access control solutions, has launched the Alibi line, which delivers the latest in analog and IP technology, including cameras, recorders, and turn-key systems specifically engineered to provide customers with feature-rich, extremely cost-effective video surveillance solutions that are easy to install and operate.  The Alibi IP

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Monitor, Measure and Manage to Prevent Store Out-of-Stocks

The competitive retail business dictates that retailers must keep their shelves stocked to drive new sales and repeat business. By Pate Pape, Contributing Editor Problem: Controlling out-of-stock situations. Solution: Using smarter technology systems can keep items on the shelves. Back before the widespread use of POS technology, managers of Flash Foods convenience stores would regularly

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Understand Shopper Behavior

Understanding the need to make Digital Signage networks “accountable,” Max Capital Group leveraged its access to retail footprints by creating a suite of Web-based tools aimed at understanding the shopping behavior of the consumer that interacts with the retailer. Store IQ and Market IQ allow the retailer to not only understand purchasing decisions but to

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Spec Faces Data Breach

On the heels of the Target breach, a liquor store chain makes news for a security lapse.   One of the largest liquor store chains in Texas—Houston-based Spec—has reported a security breach that exposed personal information of customers at 34 of its smaller neighborhood locations, NBC News reported. The breach reportedly exposed data from Oct.

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VeriFone, XPIENT Provide Security For Restaurants

Payment-as-a-service solution enhances security and future-proofs point-of-sale for EMV and mobile payment acceptance. VeriFone Systems Inc. announced its partnership with XPIENT Solutions to provide a class leading payment-as a service (PAAS) solution for quick-service restaurant (QSR) and fast-casual dining markets. The solution enhances security through payment system isolation and end-to-end encryption while providing a pathway

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New Payment Systems Show Promise

When it comes to electronic payment systems, convenience and petroleum retailers have a definite need for speed. “You want to get people out of the lines as fast as possible,” said Rick Oglesby, senior analyst with Aite Group, a Boston-based research firm specializing in the financial services industry. “That’s what makes convenience stores so appealing.”

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Prepaid Cards Find Wide Appeal

Open loop, petroleum and in-store gift card sales were at $115 billion in 2012, according to Mercator Advisory Group, an independent organization that provides research and advisory services to the global payments and banking industries. This year, the category is expected to increase to $120 billion, then to $124 billion in 2014. And the growth

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Cash Management Begins with Best Practices

To prevent lost revenues from internal theft, retailers will be looking to advanced technology for more effective ways to monitor their stores, said Ted Roccagli, retail marketing manager/business coach at Mansfield Oil, which serves more than 300 convenience stores throughout the country. Mansfield is recommending video surveillance equipment that interfaces with POS and connects with

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Expanding Point-of-Sale Potential

Increasingly, a good point-of-sale (POS) system must play well with others. Not only should it integrate well with other software platforms, such as business intelligence software, but it must also be easy to deploy, easy to use and easy to enhance. Many POS platforms are embracing standardization that allows them to integrate with existing software

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Increase Security

Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group has introduced its new, advanced IK-WB81A IP bullet camera with full 1080p HD resolution. Designed for outdoor video surveillance, the IK-WB81A captures a wider field of view than competitive bullet cameras by using an exclusive, long-range SRLED (Single Reflex LED) IR system with an illumination angle of 53 degrees. The IK-WB81A is

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First Data Releases February 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

Harsh winter weather continued to subdue consumer spending growth in February. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1-28, 2014, compared to Feb. 1- 28, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and

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Starbucks Takes App To Next Level

Digital tipping has been a top suggestion that Starbucks is now adopting. Starbucks announced upcoming enhancements to its mobile app for iPhone, which will extend the company’s leadership in mobile payment and allow customers to recognize Starbucks partners (employees) with a tip directly from the Starbucks App for iPhone. Beginning March 19, customers using Starbucks

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Speedy Q Markets Chooses PriceAdvantage

“We needed a solution that would allow us to remain competitive in markets where prices are changing multiple times a day,” notes Speedy Q president. Speedy Q Markets is now using PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuels price management solution. Speedy Q Markets uses PriceAdvantage SNAP Analytics to analyze store and market performance, including

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Mobile Payments Customers Spend More Through Digital Channels

Survey shows concerns over security, privacy and convenience keep 80% of consumers from using mobile payments. While the ubiquity of mobile devices in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Spain has created a widespread platform for using mobile payments, a revolution is being held back because consumers do not yet find mobile payments secure, private

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Quik-E Foods Partners With March Networks

March Networks Solution helps Quik-E Foods reduce shrink. Quik-E Foods of Lynchburg, Va. is upgrading to March Networks’ next-generation retail solution for enhanced security and loss prevention. March Networks is a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions. The March Networks solution integrates high-quality video, audio and transaction data to combat point-of-sale (POS) fraud and

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Study Shows Mobile Payment Acceptance Growing

Study finds that consumers and merchants have moved from asking “why use mobile payments?” to asking “which mobile payment option should be used?” MasterCard and PRIME Research have released the second annual global MasterCard Mobile Payments Study, which tracked more than 13 million social media comments across Twitter, Facebook, online blogs and forums around the

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Roadrunner Adds Wayne Ovation Dispensers With inOvationTV

“It helps differentiate our sites and dramatically improves the fueling experience for our customers,” says president of Mountain Empire Oil. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne, A GE Business, and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), continues to add new geographic

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MasterCard to Use HCE for NFC-Based Mobile Payments

Enables consumers to make contactless payments from their NFC-enabled phones. MasterCard has announced that it plans to publish a specification that leverages Host Card Emulation (HCE) for secure near field communication (NFC) payment transactions. The approach will enable consumers to easily use their MasterCard-branded cards on their NFC-enabled phones to make contactless payments. Today, there

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Merchant, Financial Trade Associations Form Cybersecurity Partnership

“We are committed to working together to ensure customer personal and financial information is secure and protected,” says CEO of Financial Services Roundtable. Leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining

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Retailers Speak Out On Cyber Security Needs And Efforts

NRF, NACS and RILA address the ongoing issues around data security. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security, International Trade and Finance held a hearing on protecting consumers’ data. Retail organizations, including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) spoke out

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Ampm Customers Get Chance To Win Need For Speed Mobile Game

Customers who purchase specially-marked ampm 20-ounce coffees, 32-ounce fountain drinks or smoked sausages that feature a Need for Speed peel-off sticker have a chance to win. Customers of ampm who are fans of EA Mobile gaming can satisfy their need for beverages and a tasty snack with a chance to win a Need for Speed

H&R Block Joins Vanilla Reload Network

Partnership allows Emerald Cardholders to load cash at thousands of retail locations. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, and H&R Block, the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, announced that consumers can now reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60,000 Vanilla Reload locations nationwide. “We have worked hard to make

InComm Launches Airfair Lifeline Reload Card At 7-Eleven

New offering expands Lifeline service to an underserved marketplace; service available in over 7,000 7-Eleven stores. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, announced a partnership with Ready Wireless to launch the Airfair Lifeline Reload card at participating 7-Eleven stores. Airfair offers Lifeline-eligible telecommunication companies (ETC) simple reload options for all of its customers

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Is Your Company Posting with a Plan?

Retail businesses need a structured road map to manage successful social media programs. Social media strategy consultant Neal Schaffer shares 11 essential components all social media strategies should include. By John Lofstock, Editor Many company leaders understand that in order to survive in today’s business world, their companies must have a social media presence. But

First Data Releases December SpendTrend Analysis

Strong holiday shopping season boosted spending growth in December. First Data Corp. released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Dec. 3, 2013, through Dec. 30, 2013, compared to Dec. 4, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four

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