12/28/22 – Good Riddance DayDecember 28, 2022
Insight Retail Software to Cease Scan Data Service for Retail Petroleum Stores on 9/15/2022August 8, 2022
In March, 2022 Insight Retail Software announced that we had chosen Skupos Inc. as the scan data provider for InsightRS in the C-Store / Petroleum market! In the past 5 months we have successfully converted hundreds of c-store customers and we are now winding down our efforts to convert the last few Petro-Retailer Scan Data customers. If you are a current InsightRS C-Store scan data customer that has not converted to Skupos = the clock is ticking = Take action now to avoid any interruption in service!
Call Skupos now to make sure you can immediately take advantage of the upcoming changes to Altria’s scan data and loyalty programs – at no additional cost.
InsightRS will cease our scan data submission for Petroleum customers on 9/15/2022.
Note: We will continue to submit scan data for our Retail Point-of-sale customers.
InsightRS will now focus on our V4 rPosIO Suite of Cloud products. Our V4 rPOSio launch coming soon!
Call us today for your Retail Point-of- Sale and backoffice Cloud Product for your C-Store needs. 518.633.4111 Option 1, or drop us an email: sales@insightRS.com
“An Entrepreneur always finds a way..” Derek MedvedMarch 19, 2019
More to come on this backOffice™ Customer but as the Milk House adds their 4th store they also add creativity to the ever changing market of flavored tobacco products. Where there’s a will…… there’s Derek Medved.
DULUTH, MN– Another business in Duluth has found a workaround when it comes to the city’s restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products.
The Korner Store also known as the Milk House in Gary New Duluth is following the lead of the Holiday Station store on Central Ave. in creating a separate room within the store to sell flavored tobacco products.
This comes after the Duluth City Council approved a rule over a year ago, banning the sale of the products from convenient stores, allowing them to only be purchased in 18-years or older smoke shops.
Owner, Derek Medved says the business has lost a lot of income due to the ban.
“You know I believe that Zach Filipovich, his comments are very well stated. But, I believe that you have the right when you’re eighteen years old to determine what is good or bad for you. And you know gas stations and you know my establishments and everybody across town we have never you know sold to minors and we never plan to. And we will never ever promote it to minors, but you know I believe that it’s a right,” says Medved.
Many councilors voted in favor of the ordinance hoping it would keep these products out of the hands of teens. Others voted against it, saying it unfairly shifted business.
More Customers Approved for RJ Reynolds Scan Data ServiceMay 18, 2018
Insight Retail Software continues to move our customers into production on RJ Reynolds Scan Data Service. We have been working with MSA successfully for over 2 years to provide successful and spectacular scan data service.
Our team is the best in the country hands down! Nothing makes me happier than to see the emails rolling in saying “You Are Approved”!
DON’T FALL FOR A COMPANY THAT IS ISSUING PROMISES
GO WITH A COMPANY THAT IS ISSUING SUCCESSFUL SCAN DATA SERVICE!
Every day that you are NOT submitting your scan data files to RJR is another day that you are LOSING incentive money.
Join the winners –
Join Insight Retail Software.
LET’s DO THIS!
Call Ashley @ 518 633 4111 x 107
Visit our website for more information www.insightRS.com
2018 Is Knocking on the DoorDecember 26, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close we take a minute to say thank you to our many loyal customers for your business. We send you best wishes for a happy new year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success.
May 2018 be the year that all dreams come true.
` The Team at Insight Retail Software
Doing that one thing that makes your store better than the rest and lets your customers know that you care.November 14, 2017
I was speaking to Imad Khalil from Kelly’s Fuel Mart in Melvindale, Michigan about the Scan Data Service that we provide for Altria and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Incentive Programs. Imad was wondering if the service was right for his business but after speaking with our team of experts he knew this program was key to staying competitive in his area and that is something that he takes very seriously.
I enjoyed visiting with Mr. Khalil where I learned more about his business and what he does to provide a great service to his customers. He explained that his latest customer service feature was the addition of U-Glove’s at each pump station. “U-Glove?” I asked. I was so interested to hear more because I can’t stand to have the smell of gas on my hands. He explained that each pump is equipped with a dispenser of plastic gloves that are provided at no cost to the consumer. These disposable gloves offer a clean and germ free experience for the customer. “I LOVE IT!” I said, “Can I share this on my blog? Tell me more!!” He said there is a cost to the merchant for providing this service but he believes that these little things make a big difference to his customers. [I know I would drive out of my way and pay a few pennies more per gallon to have a nice clean environment. Not to mention saving a manicure.] Even if the gloves aren’t used, I believe that just offering this service shows that Imad cares about his customers. I am certain that Moms with a carload of kids would greatly appreciate having gloves since they aren’t always able to go inside and wash their hands.
So – Good job Kelly’s Fuel Mart and thanks for being an Insight Retail Software Scan Data Customer! We appreciate your business.
Imad is also participating in InsightRS Scan Data Program that keeps him competitive in his tobacco market.
Tobacco Scan Data Program For
Altria and RJ Reynolds
Your Key To Higher Tobacco Profits
Altria’s PM USA 2017 Retail Leaders Program and RJ Reynolds Scan Data Reporting Program offer incentive money to retailers who submit transaction-level scan data (“Scan Data”) from their Point of Sale on a daily basis. Inclusion in the program also entitles you to offer multi-pack and loyalty discounts.
If you sell cigarettes you need to be on this program!
We help you compete with the big guys.
Call Chris Floyd for more information: 518.633.4111 x 108
And just like that, summer is over.September 1, 2017
Back to school, football season and the wonderful beauty of fall.
So now that vacations and summer travel is over it’s time to sign up for our Scan Data Service. Give us a call today! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity for tobacco incentive money.
Call Chris at: 518-633-4111 x 108
Hurricane Harvey: HOW DISASTERS AFFECT FUEL PRICESAugust 31, 2017
Five most devastating storms in recent US History.
5. Ivan – 2004
4. Ike – 2008
3. Andrew – 1992
2. Sandy – 2012
1. Katrina – 2005
As Harvey continues its path of destruction it’s certain to make the list above. We continue to think of our many customers, friends and vendors that are affected by this horrible storm as it now heads to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Attention IRSI customers: Insight Retail Software will securely store a copy of your backOffice™ database please let us know.
This article from NACS online
Higher prices at the pump often lead the public to assume a retailer is price gouging.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The retail fuel marketplace is the most competitive commodity market in the nation. There are an estimated 150,000 retail fueling facilities in the United States. Of these operations, less than 1% are owned and operated by the major oil companies, and about another 4% are owned by a refining company. The majority—about 95% of stores—are owned by independent companies, whether one-store operators or regional chains. Each of these companies has different strategies and strengths in operations, which can dictate the type of fuel that they buy and how they sell it.
Most of the nation’s fuel retailers purchase their gasoline and diesel supplies from a refiner. As such, these businesses have no influence over the wholesale price established by the refiner and, during a catastrophic event such as a hurricane, these retailers can incur extremely volatile wholesale prices and restricted wholesale availability. Wholesale prices are largely influenced by activity in the commodities trading market, in which traders bid prices up or down based upon actual and anticipated changes in supply availability. During disruptive events, these contracts can vary widely in a very short period of time.
Refiners seek to ensure they have sufficient product to satisfy their contractual obligations when supplies are disrupted. Refiners often will place their branded retailers on allocation, restricting their volume to a certain percentage based upon the previous year’s activity and ensuring the refiner’s product is available throughout their service area. While these branded retailers are likely to have at least some supply guaranteed, they have one supplier for product. The unbranded retailer, meanwhile, who relies on the uncontracted gallon of gasoline, often pays an elevated wholesale price or is completely denied access to supplies. This limitation on supplies for the retail segment as demand remains constant results in increased wholesale prices.
It’s common for retailers to operate daily in a volatile wholesale gasoline marketplace, where costs often change several times a day. Under normal market conditions, retailers may seek to adjust their prices upward in response to increasing wholesale prices to pay for their next delivery. This practice is known as factoring in replacement costs and is a critical element in the pricing decision for many retailers, especially during periods of extreme volatility.
But including replacement costs in retail prices may not always be feasible. But because price-sensitive consumers will switch locations to save a few cents per gallon, retailers will often remain competitive in their fuel pricing strategy, which affects their ability to recover the full cost of wholesale price increases, resulting in reduced margins and, in some cases, net losses at the pump for transactions.
Higher prices at the pump often lead the public to assume a retailer is price gouging. Price gouging is defined by some government entities as the increase in prices or value for goods and services that are higher than the prices ordinarily charged for comparable goods and services at or immediately before the time of a state of emergency. In the wake of natural disasters that affect the U.S. transportation infrastructure, governors may declare a state of emergency and institute a price gouging prohibition.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some members of Congress sought to enact legislation on price gouging that would have punished honest retailers for violating an ambiguous definition of price gouging. The legislation that passed both the House and Senate defined “unconscionably excessive prices” as:
- Significantly higher than the average price charged by that supplier during the 30-days prior to the emergency;
- Significantly higher than the competition; and
- Not attributable to increased costs, including replacement costs.
NACS argued at the time and continues to advise policy makers that the concept of price gouging is very complicated and must be carefully considered. Laws that do not adequately protect the normal operating practices of fuel retailers can have a very damaging effect on the market. Retailers must be given the opportunity to respond to changing market conditions and to recover their costs. For example, laws that prohibit a retailer from increasing fuel prices following the declaration of an emergency yet provide no allowance to adjust prices in response to escalating wholesale prices serve only to penalize retailers who stay open for business to serve their communities and accelerate the exhaustion of already limited supplies.
While Congress did not ultimately enact price-gouging legislation, several states that experience hurricanes and flooding have price-gouging statutes:
The Office of the Attorney General has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a disaster has been declared by the governor. §17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, by:
- Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price; or
- Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity.
Once a state of emergency is declared, the price gouging ban is effective during the period specified in the declaration and for an additional period not to exceed 30 days after the declared state of emergency ends, unless expressly extended by the governor (La. R.S. 29:732(B)). Louisiana’s price gouging statute is not to freeze prices. Wholesalers and retailers may increase prices as long as the increase in price charged by the seller is attributable to regional or national market trends and fluctuations, or to reasonable expenses and charges for a business’ risk incurred in obtaining or selling the goods or services during the state of emergency (La. R.S. 29:732(A)).
The state’s price gouging ban covers goods and services necessary for use as a direct result of the state of emergency, such as gasoline or diesel fuel of any grade, hotels, motels and generators.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, Florida Statute 501.160 states that during a state of emergency, it is unlawful to sell, lease, offer to sell, or offer for lease essential commodities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price for that commodity during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the seller can justify the price by showing increases in its prices or market trends. Examples of necessary commodities are food, ice, gas and lumber.
The law compares the reported price of the commodity or service during the state of emergency to the average price charged over the 30-day period prior to the declared state of emergency. If there is a “gross disparity” between the prior price and the current charge, it is considered price gouging.
Another Successful POS System Install with Altria & RJR Scan DataAugust 29, 2017
It’s impossible to update and brag on each and every POS / Scan Data Customer [there are too many] but when we get a great photo showing happy customers and our state-of-the-art equipment, it’s time to slow down and share. This success story comes from Jackson, Tennessee where Keith from R & D purchased a complete 2-lane POS System for each of his three stores.
Tobacco Place II
1660 S. Highland Ave – Jackson, TN 38301
2643 N. Highland Ave – Jackson TN 38305
The Smoke Shop
721 Old Hickory Blvd – Jackson, TN 38305
This POS System features:
- Touch Dynamic All-in-one Terminals with a rear facing customer display Customers can easily see the items purchased and their amount due
- Epson T20 printer for fast receipt printing
- Reflection POS®
- backOffice™ Software
- Sterling Payment Technologies with full EMV Chip Card Reader
- Scan Data Services for Tobacco Incentive Rebates
Call today to get a quote for your POS System with Scan Data Service. We have partnered with Sterling Payment Technologies to offer interest free financing. Give us a call for more details. Check our our website here: http://insightRS.com
Call Chris at: 518.633.4111 x 108
InsightRS Welcomes Alford Tobacco! Scan Data Service – backOffice Software™ – Touch Dynamic Terminal.July 27, 2017
If you are passing through Cabot, Arkansas stop in and see our friends at Alford Tobacco located at 521 West Main Street. The owner, Judy Alford gives a thumbs-up for her new Touch Dynamic terminal with backOffice™ Software.
InsightRS provides the perfect Tobacco Store solution for:
- Powerful Back Office Software
- Excellent Reporting
- Inventory Control
- Modern Hardware
- Scan Data Reporting for Altria and RJ Reynolds
Alford Tobacco and Judy for your business!