U.S. convenience stores can request one or more free litter stands until September 15!

August 14, 2018

Help Control Cigarette Litter at Your Store

August 14, 2018

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Litter is one of the top reasons consumers oppose having a convenience store or gas station in their communities. According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), every litter stand reduces the littering rate for cigarette butts by 9%. Many smokers say they would properly dispose of their butts if suitable receptacles were available.

As part of a new joint initiative of KAB and Philip Morris USA, for a limited time U.S. convenience stores can request free litter stands to collect cigarette butts. Litter stands will be delivered to retailers with all materials, hardware and guidance needed for installation. Retailers are asked to maintain litter stands by servicing them regularly.

U.S. convenience stores can request one or more free litter stands until September 15. Interested retailers should email litterstands@kab.org with the following information:

  • Name and contact information (phone and email)
  • Store name and street address of proposed location
  • Details about where the receptacle(s) will be placed

NACS partnered with Keep America Beautiful in 2017 to produce a free retailer resource

Being a Good Neighbor: A Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling at Convenience Stores.”

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Convenience Store Retailers Cite Top Trends for 2018

January 10, 2018

NACS gives us their predictions for 2018. The great news is that backOffice Software™ from Insight Retail Software can handle everything that comes your way in 2018.  INCLUDING YOUR SCAN DATA SERVICE!


From Nacs:  ​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Growth in healthy food and beverages sales led to positive overall sales at convenience stores in 2017, and retailers expect the momentum to continue in 2018, according to a survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than two in three convenience retailers (69%) said that foodservice sales increased last year, and 61% said that sales of better-for-you items (i.e., fruits/vegetables, yogurt, nuts, health bars) experienced sales gains. By comparison, only 7% said that foodservice sales were down and only 3% said that sales of better-for-you items decreased.

“Customers are demanding higher quality foods and snacks” at Chestnut Petroleum stores (New Paltz, NY), according to Mickey Jamal. Sales of healthy food and drinks were strong in 2017 at Arroyo Grande Valero (Atascadero, CA). Protein bars and fruit and protein smoothies propelled sales at A-Square Enterprises Inc. (Conyers, GA), and water—whether plain, flavored or coconut water—grew sales at Select Fuel & Convenience (Red Bud, IL).

Convenience stores sell an estimated 80% of the fuel purchased in the United States and retailers also said sales were strong at the pump: Most retailers (52%) said that fuel sales increased in 2017, compared to 20% who reported a decline in gallons sold.

Trends for 2018
Retailers also predicted emerging trends for 2018. Kombucha drinks will continue to grow, as will new programs for home delivery, according to Lisa Dell’Alba at Square One Markets (Bethlehem, PA). New payment methods also will be a top trend, said Kent Frieling at Stop ’n Save (Grand Junction, CO). And healthier meal replacements won’t just be a big trend in 2018—they will also be on his menu, complimenting a robust growler fill program, said Kent Couch at Stop & Go Mini Mart (Bend, OR).

Also, retailers said that the lunch daypart has the most potential to grow sales at their stores, with 67% identifying lunchtime traffic as their biggest opportunity. But other dayparts also hold promise, including the opportunity to grow sales of mid-day snacks, noted Stephen Lair with Petromark Inc. (Harrison, AR).

“People love food inside a convenience store. It’s a one-stop shop for them,”

said Parvez Himani at Priya Impex Inc. (Alpharetta, GA).

Strong Optimism for 2018
Beyond products, retailers say that strong consumer optimism over economic prospects, identified in the monthly NACS Consumer Surveys, also helped grow sales in 2017.

“There seems to be a direct correlation between our customers’ view of the economy and their use of disposable income in our marketplace,” said Dennis McCartney of Landhope Farms (Kennett Square, PA).

Strong consumer optimism also translated into strong retailer optimism. More than three in four (77%) retailers are optimistic about their business prospects for the first three months of 2018, with the same percentage of retailers optimistic about the overall U.S. economy for the first quarter.

Some Concerns Loom in 2018
Competition for the convenience store customer is the top concern of retailers heading into 2018, with nearly half (46%) saying that they expect to continue competing with other channels and other convenience and fuel retailers (45%).

Labor is another major concern, cited by 45% of retailers, such as finding and recruiting top talent in the market. To address the issue, retailers say that are recruiting employees from non-traditional labor pools including retirees, disabled workers and military veterans.

“For the right kind of person, it is a fun job. Interacting with customers is enjoyable as our business attracts a lot of repeat customers whom they see every day,”

said John Clark with Alpine Mart (Stowe, VT).

Regulation and legislation that could potentially harm their operations is also a concern, cited by 42% of retailers, especially those doing business in California.

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy. A total of 103 member companies participated in the December 2017 survey.

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Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging featuring 11 States.

July 12, 2017

Budweiser announced it’s NEW STATE PACKAGING!  11 States will see their state name on Budweiser cans and bottles!  How cool is that?  Well it’s awesome for retail sales but the back office person may be thinking……..

“OH NO – Will these products have a NEW BARCODE?  

If so, this will take forever to enter!

What about my inventory?  This is a nightmare!”  

Nope, backOffice Software™ makes this task easy with our alternate PLU feature.  Although Budweiser doesn’t always change their PLU with a packaging change, this is a good reminder that you don’t have to fret over new products –  enter it, sell it, profit from it!  backOffice Software™  will handle these changes smoothly and report your sales accurately.

To our customers in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia, enjoy your cool cans!

Here’s the press release from Budweiser!


Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging Inspired by its 12 Local Breweries Across the Country

America’s Favorite Full-Flavored Classic Lager Extends its Patriotic Summer Packaging Lineup to Include State Bottles and Cans

NEW YORK (July 6, 2017) – Beginning today, 11 states will see their namesake on Budweiser bottles and cans as part of the brand’s latest evolution of its iconic summer packaging. Available today through the end of September, Budweiser’s newest look celebrates the local states Budweiser and its breweries call home.

Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America and its new state packaging pays tribute to the 12 breweries that relentlessly produce America’s No. 1 full-flavored classic lager. The packaging will be specific to California (featuring two Budweiser breweries), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

“Our new state bottles and cans celebrate the homes of our breweries and the communities that support them,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “Since 1876, Budweiser has been proudly brewed across America, and this summer, we’re inviting local consumers to raise a cold one with us.”

On shelves from July to September 2017, 11 different states will enjoy their own custom packaging, each featuring custom copy changes as inspired by each local backdrop, including:

  • “Budweiser” on cans and bottles being replaced with each state name
  • The center medallion “AB” monogram updated with  state initials
  • “King of Beers” swapped to include  each individual state motto
  • “Anheuser-Busch Inc.” replaced with each state nickname

 

Read the entire Press Release from Budweiser here. [if you are over 21]

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backOffice™ Software integration with Radiant RPOS v6 has been completed with NCR Corporation

June 2, 2015

Contact:   Timothy Rischbieter
Tel:  518-633-4112
tim@insightrs.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HADLEY, NY June 2, 2015
 –  Insight Retail Software [InsightRS] announces the integration of their backOffice™ Software to NCR Corporation’s [NCR] Radiant RPOS v6.

InsightRS and NCR have joined forces to provide a complete back-to-front C-Store Solution.  InsightRS has successfully completed back Office integration with Radiant RPOS v6 12C1 using the Radiant NAXML interface v3.4.  InsightRS provides powerful price book control with EDI, enhanced reporting, inventory control, and fuel management.  The software is offered at a price point that creates real value for the retailer.

We are so excited…. “ stated Timothy Rischbieter, President of Insight Retail Software “to now offer backOffice support for NCR RPOS.  This broadens our market opportunity and brings needed functionality to stores using NCR RPOS.”

InsightRS received full Back Office Certification from NCR on May 28, 2015.

“InsightRS has been a vital partner in my efforts to bring Radiant RPOS on line at my store.  backOffice™ has allowed me to get my scan file built quickly, and now I am getting the detailed reports I need to make better merchandising decisions.  I am extremely pleased so far and would highly recommend this product.”  Kenny Patel, Gas to Go, Red Bank, TN.

About Insight Retail Software last try eye

InsightRS specializes in the development of backOffice™ Software for retailers in today’s C-Store, Petroleum and Specialty Retail Marketplaces.  InsightRS serves the single store and multi-store locations with excellence.

Insight Retail Software is a New York Corporation with offices in Hadley, New York and Trenton, South Carolina.  InsightRS serves customers coast to coast [including Alaska and Hawaii] as well as Canada, South America and the Virgin Islands.  With over 25 years in the point of sale industry InsightRS has been able to create a feature rich product at an affordable price.

Web site: www.insightrs.com
Twitter: @InsightRS
Facebook: InsightRS
LinkedIn: Insight Retail Software
YouTube: InsightRS Demos

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NCR offers Fuel Control solutions that are designed specifically for C-Store operations, with more than 61,000 installations across than 18 countries. From single site operators to large retailers with thousands of sites, NCR provides everyday solutions to add value to these businesses.

Web sites: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

News Media Contact

Tina Rischbieter
Insight Retail Software
518-633-4114
tina@insightrs.com


Elias Market – Eat your fruits and vegetables!

February 1, 2013

We are very excited to have added Elias Market to our circle.  Elias Market has two specialty food stores, located in Beth and Allentown PA, where among other things they sell amazing produce.

We were brought in by Andy from Andy Bednar’s Point of Sale to help improve the system at the store.  The customer uses Datasym 650 cash registers and with their growing business needed a better way to maintain their ever-changing prices. They will be able to maintain both stores from their main location.

Tina and I are huge consumers of produce, we use a Vitamix to make green shakes for breakfast every day.  These shakes contain fruits and vegetables and truly offer noticeable health benefits.  We go to lots of different stores to get the ingredients (right now its Green Grocer (IRSI customer) Aldi, Price Chopper (one of our local chains of grocery stores) and Walmart).  If we lived anywhere near Elias we would only go there for sure.  Not only do they carry an amazing variety of produce but also beautiful meats and specialty items.

Visit them if you are even close, I know I would!

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Reno Sparks Indian Colony Selects backOffice™ Software for their Chain of Smoke Shops

November 15, 2012

About the Tribe:

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located near Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The tribal membership consists of over 900 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, the Shoshone, and the Washoe. They make up the majority of people who live within the reservation land base. The reservation lands consist of the original twenty-eight acre residential Colony located in downtown Reno and the 1,960 acre Hungry Valley reservation located nineteen miles north of the downtown Colony, in a more rural setting.

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was established in the early 1900’s and formed a more formal Tribal Government in 1935 under the Indian Reorganization Act. With the approval of a Tribal Constitution, they elected their first Tribal Council governing body.

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is a growing organization employing approximately three hundred people and is progressively taking steps to provide for the needs of the people while, at the same time, maintaining their culture and protecting their Sovereignty.

Latest News:

At the RSIC Tribal Council Meeting in September, backOffice™ Software from Insight Retail Software was selected as the back office software for their chain of 5 Smoke Shops and 1 HQ – location.  We are very excited to work with our dealer Best Cash Registers in Reno, Nevada on this install that has begun this week.  backOffice™ Software will work with Datasym ECR’s in 5 locations to provide a Multi-Store integration that will run from their Retail Operations [HQ] location.  RSIC is replacing outdated back office software that no longer met their needs.

We welcome RSIC and are proud to work with Paul Hoffman at Best Cash Registers!  For more infomation on backOffice™ Software visit our website.  http://insightRS.com

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backOffice™ V3 Released!

September 18, 2012

Take a sneak peek at backOffice™ V3

This 3-Part Series of Demonstration Videos provides a nice overview of backOffice™ Features. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


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