Here comes the sun. The Great American Total Solar Eclipse

August 18, 2017

694940094001_5543989438001_5543971021001-vsLots of talk about the upcoming “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” on Monday August 21, 2017.  People from Oregon to South Carolina are lining up and making plans to place themselves in the “path of totality” for the big event and are hopefully in for an unforgettable experience.

Space.com gives us this reminder:  During totality, when the sun’s disk is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye. But sky watchers should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely.  – Please follow the rules and stay safe.  Don’t let a few minutes of sun gazing ruin your life.

As people flock to the “path of totality” gasoline stations are seeing heavy volume as eclipse watchers are making their travel plans and lining up for their perfect spot in the path.   NACS reports that some gasoline retailers had ordered 20% more fuel than for their usual busy holiday weekends while others that didn’t plan ahead are now seeing shortages.

For youngsters this may seem like a first time occurrence which would be far from true. The English word eclipse comes from the Greek ἔκλειψις, ekleípō: disappearance, abandonment. A solar eclipse is the moment in which the sun disappears, abandoning the world. It’s like being forsaken by a god.

The ancient Greeks thought of a solar eclipse as an act of abandonment, a terrible crisis and an existential threat. It meant that the king would fall, that terrible misfortunes would rain down on the world, or that demons had swallowed the sun.

Yet not everyone thought of the eclipse as a horrible threat. For some cultures, the eclipse was an act of creation: The sun and moon were coupling, and would create more stars. For others, it was a random and chaotic act by a trickster or a mischievous boy, causing trouble just for the sake of it.

So wherever you are, seeing full or partial, sporting $.50 paper glasses or a cardboard box, be safe, have fun and listen to a little Eclipse by Pink Floyd while watching the slide show below!

 

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Getty Images, NACS Online

https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/8/18/16078886/total-solar-eclipse-folklore

 


InsightRS Welcomes Alford Tobacco! Scan Data Service – backOffice Software™ – Touch Dynamic Terminal.

July 27, 2017

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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

 

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Alford Tobacco and Judy for your business!

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

July 26, 2017

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As tobacco laws constantly change, getting the most value from your tobacco sales has NEVER been as important as now.  Some things we can control –  our store front, advertising, community outreach, etc.  Many things we cannot control like Tobacco purchase age.  As laws change, sales can also change.  STAY competitive with Scan Data Rebates offered by Altria and RJR.  Insight Retail Software’s team of professionals can get your store submitting data ASAP.

Call Chris @ 518 633 4111 x 108 for more information.

Don’t light a fire to your profits, make your profits grow!

I mentioned tobacco laws changing.  The latest change comes to us from Gov. Chris Christie. When New Jersey law takes effect on November 1, 2017, NJ will become the 3rd state to set legal tobacco age to 21.  Hawaii and California being the first two states to make this change.  Gov. Christie stated that “By raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, we are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,”

But not everyone is happy about this change.  As Nacs Online reports:

Meanwhile, merchants are disappointed about the change, given that neighboring states will still sell tobacco products to those between the ages of 19 and 21,

WFMZ-TV reports. “It’s going to be a negative business-wise,” said Sal Cassar, owner of Towne Market in Phillipsburg, N.J. “There’s no two ways about that.”

 

Cassar estimated that customers between the ages of 19 and 21 buy around a third of his tobacco sales.

“You don’t only lose the cigarette sell, [you also lose] any other associated product that the customer was going to buy,” he told the news source.

Meanwhile, in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have increased the state’s tobacco buying age to 21, the Press-Herald reports. “I believe that at 18 they are mature enough to make a decision and I’m tired of living in a society where we social engineer our lives,” the governor said of his veto.


While some claim that states are losing huge tax money others claim that the health care savings is worth it.  There are arguments on both sides. Some say 18 is mature enough to fight for our country, it should be mature enough to buy tobacco products.  While others think this maturity is reached at the age of 21. Many believe that the age increase will not reduce younger smokers activity.
The biggest losers in this debate are the state line retail stores that will lose business to the customer that drives 5 minutes across the state line to make their purchase(s).  So hey New Jersey – give us a call. 1 store or 100, we’ll take care of you.
Bottom line – get scanning!  Get the MOST out of your sales.
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Work $marter, Not harder with backOffice Software™

July 20, 2017

An interesting read from NACS Daily as it speaks of Wal-Mart stores using a “machine” to count their currency as opposed to an employee. Nobody wants to see lost jobs, however our ‘machines’ can greatly improve the bottom line. Running a business is hard. Running a small business is even harder.  

“Small Business” is a term that I believe is relative.  I remember years ago my friend owned a 79′ Chris Craft Yacht and his young son felt oh so proud that his daddy had such a HUGE boat.  But when my friend took his boat to Miami the young son said,

“Daddy!  Look at that boat – it’s so BIG”.

Mr. H said “Son, there’s always a bigger boat”.  

This is true for so many things.  There’s always a bigger business, a bigger store or a bigger budget.  The goal is to be successful no matter the size of your business. 

So, what’s the point in all of this?  Like Wal-Mart, don’t pay an employee to do a job that can be done [in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost] by a machine.  The machine you need for your business is backOffice™ Software from Insight Retail Software.   

Do NOT have an employee spending hours………..

  • receiving an order from your vendor – use our EDI Module.
  • entering and attempting to submit data to Altria for Scan Data Incentive – use our Scan Data Service
  • entering and attempting to submit data to RJR for Scan Data Incentive – use our Scan Data Service
  • changing 100’s of Cigarette prices one at a time – use our GROUP CHANGE feature
  • wondering if your margins are correct – use our backOffice™ Software Reports

……. and the list goes on and on.

Our backOffice™ Software [AKA The Machine] will pay for itself in a very short time. Remember, Wal-Mart started with one store in Newport, Arkansas. They were a “Small Business”.

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 Call Chris @ 518-633-4111 x 108 for more information.


Article from Nacs Daily – click here

 

SO MAYBE THE ROBOTS REALLY ARE COMING

Increasingly, more retailers are automating certain workplace tasks.
July 20, 2017

​NEW YORK – When a Walmart store began using the Cash360 machine to count currency, and digitally deposit the money at the bank, the retailer also replaced a task previously assigned to a human, who made $13 an hour counting cash and tracking the accuracy of the store’s book, writes the Wall Street Journal.

“They think it will be a more efficient way to process the money,” the employee, who has worked with Walmart for a decade, told the news source.

Nearly 4,700 of Walmart’s U.S. stores have a Cash360 machine, notes the Journal, which is making thousands of positions obsolete. Employees whose job function has been replaced by the machine have moved to other positions or left the company. “The role of service and customer-facing associates will always be there,” Judith McKenna, Walmart’s U.S. chief operating officer, told the news source, adding, “there are interesting developments in technology that mean those roles shift and change over time.”

Meanwhile, some economists say that many retail jobs can and should be automated. A 2015 Citi Research report found that two-thirds of U.S. retail jobs are at “high risk” of disappearing by 2030. “The primary predictor for automation is how routine a task is,” said Ebrahim Rahbari, an economist at Citi Research. “A big issue is that retail is a sizable percentage of the workforce.”

The Journal writes that self-checkout lanes “can replace cashiers. Autonomous vehicles could handle package delivery or warehouse inventory. Even more complex tasks like suggesting what toy or shirt a shopper might want could be handled by a computer with access to a shopper’s buying history, similar to what already happens online today.”

Automation is filtering through the retail industry. For example, Home Depot has self-checkouts in most stores and is testing handheld scanners for larger items like lumber. “We want to simplify the stores so that we can free up our associates…so they can focus on selling,” Carol Tomé, CFO of Home Depot, told the Journal.

CNBC also reports that half of American jobs are at risk from automation, according to a new study by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. “How Vulnerable are American Communities to Automation, Trade, and Urbanization?” combines several recent studies on employment trends to present a stark view of the future job situation for certain parts of the United States, notes the news source.


Scan Data Services: Your Key To Higher Tobacco Profits

July 19, 2017

Altria’s PM USA 2017 Retail Leaders Program and RJ Reynolds Scan Data Reporting Program offer quarterly rebates to retailers who submit transaction-level scan data (“Scan Data”) from their Point of Sale on a daily basis. Enrollment in these programs also entitle you to take advantage of other programs such as multi-pack discounts and loyalty incentives.

InsightRS is offering the Scan Data Service that will allow you to take advantage of this great opportunity for more profit from your tobacco sales. Using our automated daily process, we submit the necessary data for you to comply with the program requirements. We collect either 25% of your quarterly rebate or $25/month per store for providing this service.

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  • Inclusion in Scan Data Program enables you to offer Multi-Pack Discounts
  • Optional Loyalty Program entitles you to offer addition discounts to your customers

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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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GETTING CRAFTY WITH BEER SALES

July 11, 2017
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​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The craft beer segment is a healthy category for U.S. convenience stores, posting double-digit increases in both sales and units last year, per the recently released NACS State of the Industry Report of 2016 Data.

Craft beer also offers great opportunities for c-stores to grow sales and be more local.

“There’s a lot of beer being sold these days and people want to drink what they know and really feel passionate about,” says Van Orden. This idea resonates with convenience retailers who are always looking for new ways to engage with their local communities.

 

Read entire NACS Online article by clicking here.


As the C-Store offerings change and products are expanded, backOffice Software™ continues to be the perfect fit for your changing needs.  Don’t let price changes bog you down.  Our EDI Module makes receiving orders a breeze compared to the long hours of data entry of the past.

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