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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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Acumera Adds Senior Directors of Sales

Aggressive expansion of sales team to serve growing client base across the country. Acumera, a provider of trusted connection services for convenience stores, is expanding its sales team. The company has hired two new senior directors of sales, Tom Boldt and Dennis Jensen, who will help accommodate Acumera’s growing client base across the U.S. Boldt,

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Kangaroo Express Tests Fuel Island Beverage Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. The Pantry Inc. is working with Vendgogh, LLC to pilot beverage vending at fuel islands in several Kangaroo Express stores in Raleigh, N.C. and Durham, N.C. “This is another option we are testing to serve our on-the-go guests,” said John Fisher, senior vice

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Dispensed Beverage Sales Heating Up

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the cold and frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cold facts go like this: with margins from tobacco and fuel still lagging headed into the summer of 2012, the booming frozen beverage segment has been a pleasant top-performing surprise for convenience

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Lone Star Installs Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. Douglass Distributing Retail Co. is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at their Lone Star Food Store No. 50 in Sherman, Texas—the first installation of its kind in the state of Texas.  Vendgogh’s patented, UL-approved vending systems integrates seamlessly with

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Volta Oil To Manage Fuel Pricing with PriceAdvantage

“PriceAdvantage offered all the features and functions we needed to take control of our fuel pricing by improving our processes with greater efficiency,” says president of Volta Oil. Volta Oil has selected PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management solution, to automate its fuel pricing for its 16 company-owned stores on the East Coast. According to Peter

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POS in Your Palm

Mobile technology is changing the retail landscape, offering a bevy of options for retailers to consider. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In today’s ever-evolving world of mobile payment technology, anyone with a mobile phone can take credit card payments, from a neighbor running a garage sale to an entrepreneur building a small business. Now, this

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MAPCO Express Adds Odysii Suggestive Selling Platform

“Every transaction represents a new opportunity to create an optimal shopping experience for our customers,” says president of MAPCO Express.  MAPCO Express has partnered with Odysii Inc., a global provider of marketing intelligence software solutions for one-on-one marketing and suggestive selling at the point-of-purchase. MAPCO is using Odysii’s suggestive selling platform to take suggestive selling

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Visa Raises “No Signature” Limit to $50, Enhances Merchant Fraud Protection

Visa Inc. said it plans to raise its Visa Easy Payment Service “no signature required” limit from $25 to $50 for two key U.S. merchant categories. Starting in October 2012, discount stores and grocery stores/supermarkets in the U.S. can accept Visa cards for transactions up to $50 without requiring a cardholder signature or PIN, or

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Franchisees Bring Lawsuits Against BP

BP is facing five lawsuits brought by its franchisees. The most recent is a lawsuit by 40 Thrifty Oil Co. franchise owners in Southern California, who claim BP failed to give proper notice of its intention not to renew its master lease with Thrifty Oil. A second lawsuit filed in Chicago against BP by two

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Dos Equis Commemorates 150 Years Of Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Just in time for the Cinco celebrations, Dos Equis is introducing its popular Beers of Mexico variety pack. Dos Equis, the fastest growing premium Mexican beer in the U.S., is rolling out the successful Lost Art of Celebrating Cinco spring retail program with substantially increased media investment and more engaging support to offer consumers memorable

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Staying Safe in the Convenience Store

Handling cash is the bread and butter of convenience store operations, and the latest systems developed to make that process faster and safer do just that. But not all quarters of the industry have been quick to embrace them by any means. For many operators, changes still lie in the future, and time-honored standard practices

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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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Heartland Installs 10,000th SmartLink Network

Martin Eagle Oil Co. adds secure network solution. Heartland Payment Systems, a payments processor, has installed its 10,000th SmartLink network site in less than 18 months. The 10,000th installation took place at Martin Eagle Oil Co.’s newest location in Mesquite, Texas. A Texas-based, multi-branded marketer of fuel products, Martin Eagle Oil Co. was the first

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NCR, VendorNet Integrate In-Store Pick Up With POS Software

Integration of product inventory to point-of-sale software helps retailers drive sales across channels and preserve margin in an increasingly competitive market. NCR Corp. and VendorNet Inc., a provider of cross-channel fulfillment technology, have entered into a strategic agreement that will see NCR integrate VendorNet’s cross-channel StoreNet In-Store Pickup fulfillment technology into its NCR Advanced Store

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Preparing for Future Payment Systems

First it was PCI, now retailers have to prepare for the widespread launch of Near Field Communications, which is expected to become a widely used system for making payments by smartphone in the U.S. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry is increasingly turnings its gaze outdoors to the forecourt, not only for

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High’s Debuts Proprietary Fuel Brand

Maryland chain also unveils a prototype convenience store brand as it prepares for the future with a focus on energy efficiency, foodservice and market expansion. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor High’s of Baltimore is taking its convenience store and gas station business to the next level rolling out a new proprietary fuel brand—called High’s BTG—along

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Getting More Out of the Back Office

Today’s fast-paced retail environment demands that convenience store owners invest in retail systems that not only speed up service, but do more to help chains reduce operating costs. Back office isn’t backstage. What happens there directly affects customers, so retailers need to get it right. Today’s systems must be able to offer useful services, such

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Kwik Trip Selects Radiant Systems

Radiant’s solution makes it quick and easy for c-store customers to complete transactions. Kwik Trip Inc., a Wisconsin-based petroleum and convenience store retailer with 425 locations, has enlisted Radiant Systems Inc. to equip its sites with the company’s Radiant Point-of-Sale (RPOS) software, Tiger Fuel Controllers and P1560 POS terminals. Radiant Systems not only develops innovative

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

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

POS Training At NACS

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting free Passport point of sale (POS) system training and also demonstrating remote diagnostics and help desk at the NACS Show, Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta, bringing key benefits of the system to the show floor. Current Passport users can take advantage of free Passport POS training “How to operate Passport in

A Touch of Dependability

  Elo Touch Systems Inc. introduces an entry-level touch monitor as part of its expanding 1000 series. The new 1515L 15-inch LCD touch monitor is a new space-saving touch monitor “designed for touch” with Elo’s proven expertise and reliability already built in. The 1515L can function as a desktop or wallmounted unit and the display

Keep Cash Flowing

  Cash Solutions is offering a free equipment promotion to retailers opening a merchant account that could attract more customers by allowing them to accept Visa and MasterCards. The new VeriFone Omni 3740 is shipped to a retailer programmed and ready to use, with all the processing capabilities needed for a compact point-of-sale terminal with

Mall Variety

  Coinstar Inc. announced an agreement between Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc. and Charter One for Coinstar to distribute the universal Charter One MasterCard Gift Card through Coinstar gift card malls. The program offers consumers the convenience and flexibility of being able to usethis card at millions of locations where Debit MasterCard is accepted. The balanced

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