Valero Introduces eSource

Online program for branded stores adds value and makes purchasing easier. In an effort to lower the cost of fixtures, supplies and materials for operators of Valero-branded stores, Valero and e-Procurement Services (ePS) have unveiled Valero eSource, a new program that will enable store operators to purchase convenience store equipment and supplies.  Valero eSource is

Spinx Extends Loyalty With Mobile App

The Spinx Co. is launching its new Spinx Xtras mobile app today, Sept. 3. The app allows consumers to manage their Spinx Xtras loyalty card by earning gas discount rewards, redeeming gas discount rewards at the pump and paying for their purchases at the store via mobile payment. Customers can receive a five-cent-per-gallon discount when

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KickBack Rewards Systems Kicks Off Fantasy Football Season

Cardholders can build their Fantasy Football team when using their KickBack card at participating locations and will compete against other KickBack cardholders for a chance to win two tickets to The Big Bowl Game, February 2, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium. With the start of the 2013 National Football League season, KickBack Rewards Systems is

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Improve Business Intelligence

PDI continues its long tradition of accurate and powerful financial reporting with the introduction of its newest product, PDI/Excel Analytics powered by PrevisionEPM. Built on a Microsoft SQL Server database and integrated directly with PDI/Enterprise, PDI/Excel Analytics provides users with highly customizable financial and operational reporting. All of this power comes packaged in the familiar

Fed Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Fed has taken a position that will drag this out while retailers and their customers continue to pay billions of dollars in inflated fees that harm that U.S. economy,” says NRF spokesperson. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday appealed a judge’s decision to reject the agency’s cap on debit card transaction fees, Reuters reported.

7-Eleven Celebrates National Lemonade Day

Free Snapple Lemon Daze drinks greet customers. 7-Eleven stores are celebrating National Lemonade Day with a free bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze lemonade.  A mobile coupon for a free 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze will be available in 7-Eleven’s app on Aug. 20, officially National Lemonade Day. 7-Eleven’s app is available for iOS and

NRF Welcomes Judge’s New Debit Swipe Rule Demand

The Fed has 60 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling by Judge Leon. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed a federal judge’s insistence that the Federal Reserve move quickly on issuing new regulations to reduce debit card swipe fees paid by retailers and consumers. “We’re very pleased to see the court light a

Card Spending Growth Solid in July

First Data releases July 2013 SpendTrend Analysis. First Data Corp., a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for July 2-30, 2013 compared to July 3-31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.

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ExxonMobil Launches Mobile App Pilot In Nashville

Speedpass+ uses geo-location technology to locate and activate a pump for fueling. ExxonMobil has launched its ExxonMobil Speedpass+ Mobile Payment App pilot, effective Aug. 1, in Nashville, Tenn. at 27 locations. SpeedPass+, ExxonMobil’s mobile payment application, is designed to make paying at the pump quick and convenient.  Speedpass+ is a complement to ExxonMobil’s existing Speedpass

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Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Germany

“The launch of the Google Play Card strengthens epay’s position in the gift card category,” notes  the managing director of epay Europe. epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a prepaid distributor and payments processor in Germany, has announced the rollout of Google Play gift cards in Germany, starting with more than 5,600 food

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RIISER Energy of Wisconsin Adds SmartLink

“Heartland’s SmartLink program makes PCI much more manageable,” says director of information technology for RIISER. RIISER Energy has added SmartLink by Heartland Payment Systems.  A Wausau, Wis.-based convenience store and gasoline retailer, RIISER is implementing Heartland’s state-of-the-art managed network technology solution in its 28 convenience stores in Wisconsin. Heartland’s SmartLink solution is a cloud-based, secure

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Mobile Shopping Woes

Some 88% of Americans who shop on their smartphone experience negative issues, study finds. The ‘Skava Consumer Mobile Shopping Survey, ’ conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Skava, asked 2,085 U.S. adults aged 18+ about their experience when shopping on smartphones, and found not all the experiences are positive. The trend to shop

Petro-Canada Adds NCR’s Retalix StorePoint Software

Innovative software to help Petro-Canada build shopper loyalty across its more than 1,500 retail locations. NCR Corp., a provider of consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Suncor Energy has selected NCR’s Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS) and fuel management software for the company’s Petro-Canada branded retail network. Petro-Canada, known as “Canada’s gas station,” has more than

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High’s Launches With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“OpenStore has allowed us to gain an overall greater and more loyal customer base than we have ever had,” says marketing coordinator. High’s of Baltimore operates 51 locations in Maryland under the name High’s of Baltimore. High’s has launched a new rewards program accompanied by a new branded Website with individual pages for each location,

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Spinx Introduces Mobile Shopping Technology

Partners with NCR. Spinx Co. is set to deploy NCR ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping technology to make fueling and shopping at the chain of convenience stores easier. Spinx, which operates stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, will roll out C-Go to 57 of its stores. C-Go is a mobile shopping app, which allows shoppers

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PCI Updates Standards For Pin Transaction Security

Updates provide robust criteria for payment acceptance device vendors and testing labs. Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards published version 4.0 of the PIN Transaction Security (PTS) Point of Interaction (POI) requirements.   These requirements, along with the Hardware Security Module (HSM)

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Plan to Stay Safe

Cash control programs and effective employee training will help minimize theft and ensure the well being of your employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping theft at bay has always been a major concern for c-store retailers. While technology has come to the rescue in the form of safe and cash-management systems, the best way

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NRF to Reject Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

Retailers who oppose the plan have until May 28 to say whether they will opt out of the money offered. The National Retail Federation announced it will formally oppose a proposed settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees charged by Visa and MasterCard, and urged retailers to carefully consider their own

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Family Express Reaches “The Cloud”

Partners with 3xLOGIC. Family Express announced that it has chosen 3xLOGIC, Inc., a developer of intelligent video solutions, as its provider of video surveillance solutions beginning May of 2013. This is another innovative way that Family Express uses technology to enhance overall operational efficiency and deliver outstanding customer service. The 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Video Management System

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Phillips 66 Partners With OpenStore

“We are excited to align with the well-recognized GasBuddy brand,” says president of global marketing for Phillips 66. OpenStore by GasBuddy, a multi-channel digital marketing solution for convenience store chains, has partnered with Phillips 66, owner of gas station brands Phillips 66, Conoco and 76. OpenStore will be launching new Websites and mobile apps for

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Super Pantry Launches New Website and Mobile App

Partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy. Super Pantry, operated by Tri Star Marketing Inc., has launched a new branded Super Pantry Website and free mobile app. The Website officially rolled out in April as did the free Super Pantry mobile app. The app showcases updated gas prices, locations, in-store promotions and more.  Customers can send feedback

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Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $1 Million On Gas

SmartPay Check-Link payment program celebrates savings milestone just four months after launch. Cumberland Farms has announced that its customers have saved $1 million on gas since the launch of its free SmartPay Check-Link payment program in January. The program lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phones or with a payment

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Tech Event Debuts In Dallas

The Tech Event took place May 6-9 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole. New this year, the Tech Event combined NACStech and the PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards) Winter Meeting into one event intended to deliver new ideas and opportunities to connect with industry peers. Breakout sessions included topics such as the

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Acumera Introduces Fuel Connections Service

Offering provides fuel inventory management and monitoring connectivity to retailers, fuel dealers, and wholesale suppliers. Acumera has announced the release of Fuel Connections Service, a remote connections and monitoring service to improve fuel inventory and compliance management for fuel marketers and wholesale distributors. Acumera’s Fuel Connections Service is now being offered as a freestanding solution

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PDI Unveils New Web-based Product

PDI announces joint venture with iControl at 2013 Idea Exchange. From the site of its 21st annual Idea Exchange, PDI announced a joint venture with iControl Systems to introduce a new supply chain solution. The PDI Supplier Portal, which is powered through Harmony by iControl, will enable convenience retailers and their suppliers to exchange pricebook

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