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Davis Oil Launches New Website And App

Partners with OpenStore by Gasbuddy. Originally established as a family-owned fuel oil delivery business in 1966, Davis Oil was one of the first gas stations in southwest Michigan to successfully try self-serve gas. Some 50 years later, Davis Oil continues to evolve into one of the largest Marathon jobberships, in addition to c-stores, car washes

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Employing Low-Tech Solutions

Employee theft is a routine cause of shrink. Sometimes the best loss prevention solutions are the most basic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Employee theft is one of the biggest causes of shrink among c-stores, and retailers are combating it with high-tech solutions like high speed video cameras and online monitoring. But as is often

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PCI SSC Publishes Guidance On Skimming Prevention

Resource for retailers and others that handle payment card data updated to address memory scrapers, mobile device weaknesses, EMV chip cards and other new attack scenarios. At its annual North American Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, released an update to its

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Apple Pay: What You Need To Know

By Howard Herndon, president, BlackLine Payments Advisors While much of the attention at this week’s Apple press conference was on the iPhone 6 and the company’s new smartwatch, we believe—along with many industry analysts—that the most important news of the splashy event was Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system. When a giant like

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Wayne Partners With Intel In Next Generation EPS

Transforms electronic payment systems (EPS) for the fuel retailer. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the launch of a next-generation electronic payment system (EPS) solution in collaboration with Intel Services using its ‘Platform for Retail’ software. The cloud-based solution,

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PriceAdvantage Integrates With Pinnacle

Pinnacle Palm POS and Retail Back Office and Home Office Systems to provide insight into fuel and in-store sales correlation. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing new integrations with The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology company for the convenience store and petroleum industries. PriceAdvantage will integrate its

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Fuel Pricing Software

PriceAdvantage, a fuel pricing software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing version 2014.2 of its software. The new version gives company and dealer operated convenience stores a single platform to analyze complete wholesale, dealer and competitor fuel pricing strategies, manage pricing and margins, and revise pump prices and digital fuel signs in as

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Whole Foods Partners With Instacart

Customers gain the convenience of grocery delivery. Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods Market products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the convenient option to place orders via Instacart and pick up their order at

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Outdoor Surveillance

Sony Electronics has rolled out a new outdoor IP camera, the SNC-VB632D. The SNC-VB632D is a full HD infrared bullet camera with a dual lighting system featuring an infrared (IR) illuminator and a white LED illuminator.  The camera can automatically switch from IR black and white mode to LED color mode when motion is detected,

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Isis Rebrands As Softcard

Following the emergence of the Islamic militant group known as Isis, the mobile wallet company Isis rebrands. Isis Wallet is rebranding to Softcard. The new name follows the company’s announcement in July that it would rebrand to avoid any confusion or association with the violent Islamic militant group in the Middle East whose name, when

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7-Eleven Expands Belly Partnership

Loyalty program to grow to more stores across the nation. 7-Eleven is growing its partnership with Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty platform that teams with merchants to provide shoppers with rewards for repeat purchases. This expanded partnership will bring Belly to more than 2,000 new 7-Eleven convenience store locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and the Northeast,

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MAPCO Lauches Mobile Payments At The Pump

Customers can use the MY MAPCO app to pay for gas via PayPal. MAPCO Express, a convenience store chain and petroleum operator in the southwest U.S., has officially rolled out mobile payment for gas via a smartphone app as a payment option at 276 MAPCO locations, Mobile Payments Today reported. MAPCO teamed with PayPal, in

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Breaking: Malware Related to Recent Breach Incidents

Urgent immediate action required regarding POS malware that may have infected numerous organizations. In a statement released on Aug. 22 by the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, a warning was issued that a Point of Sale (POS) malware dubbed “Backoff” may have infected systems in over 1,000 organizations and represents a very

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Improving Network Uptime

Protecting transactions, critical data transfers and/or optional visibility from outages Store networks can fail for many reasons, from severe weather to telecom breakdowns. Unfortunately, many convenience store companies suffer through those outages because customers in the store can’t make purchases with credit/debit cards. Outages can have a big impact in other areas of the business

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PCI SSC Publishes Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance

PCI Special Interest Group guidance provides merchants with payment security best practices for working with third-party providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting a third-party operations model that can put payment data at risk. Today, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, published guidance to help organizations

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Deriving Loyalty From Data

Scanned data is putting basket-level insights in the hands of decision makers who can turn this information into strategies that drive profitability. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A customer’s continuing business is no longer guaranteed. Because of that fact, convenience stores strategize more and more on the need to understand their customers better, and to

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Enhancing Social Media Skills

When customers give feedback, it’s a chance for your brand to craft your brand image and gain customers through your response. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media wasn’t even a blip on the radar screen in 1990, but today it has become a vital tool in reaching customers and communicating promotions as well as

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Don’t be a Target for Hackers

Following a breach at Target and a host of other incidents, retailers are seeking security solutions despite being PCI compliant. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The business world was stunned —and consumers outraged—when retail giant Target, with almost 2,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, admitted to a major security breach in late 2013. According

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New Technology Drives Industry Success

Innovations ranging from scanning and point-of-sale systems to social media and mobile apps exemplify how much convenience stores have changed over the past 25 years. By Jenny Bullard, Chief Information Officer, Flash Foods With more than 40 years as a c-store professional, it’s been an exciting journey to see the changes to technology that have

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Shaping the Future of ATMs

As new technology emerges, retailers are boosting profits in the changing era of financial services. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience stores that offer financial services are perhaps responding to societal changes. But as monetary tools become more modern—especially in the case of ATMs—operators will have to game plan even more to provide customers the

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Isis Rebranding After Militant Group Shares Name

“We have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence,” says Isis CEO. Isis, the U.S. mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, announced it is changing its name and embarking on a new brand. “Recently, we have observed with growing concern a militant group

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Alon Brands Takes Load-The-Code Program To Next Level

Introduces new mobile app. Alon Brands, the Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels, has launched a new Load-the-Code mobile application (app), making it easier than ever for customers to enter to win prizes and vote to support local charitable organizations in the ALON network. Available to iPhone and Android users, the free ALON Load-the-Code

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Y-Not Launches Mobile App

With OpenStore, Y-Not now has the ability to reach customers through their own branded mobile app, individual store Web pages, mobile coupons and more. Operating 10 stores under the Y-Not Stop brand, St. Romain Oil prides itself on its commitment and service to customers. But its belief in improving its product offerings to guests makes

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Rotten Robbie Adds Lottery to Mobile App

Free mobile app offers c-store customers numerous features, from coupons to a store finder. Robinson Oil has updated its Rotten Robbie-branded mobile app that includes a quick and convenient way to see California lottery numbers. The lottery enhancement to the app is supported by the California lottery feed. This allows Rotten Robbie customers to see

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Buc-ee’s Partners With NCR

“What we have seen here by installing the NCR software solution is a dramatic improvement both inside, at the POS systems and outside at the island card readers,” says co-owner of Buc-ee’s. Texas-based Buc-ee’s, operator of some of the largest convenience stores in the world, is using a complete software, hardware and services solution from

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