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 email@example.com 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.”
December 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
June 9, 2017
NACS gives us this information:
The state Department of Agriculture is working on a program to train convenience store personnel on how to spot skimmers at gas pumps.
June 9, 2017
RALEIGH, N.C. – Skimmers at the gas pump is a problem that isn’t going away, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture is taking steps to ensure those devices are spotted quickly and removed, WNCN-TV reports. Recently, one North Carolina gas station discovered skimmers installed at the pump four different times in one month.
During its routine inspections of gas pumps, the agency looks for skimmers as part of its checklist. “[Skimming] certainly is a growing problem,” said Stephen Benjamin, director of the N.C. Agriculture Department Standards Division. “It’s a routine part of our inspections now to look for those skimmers.”
But with those inspections only happening annually, the department decided to ramp up efforts to combat skimming in other ways. To do that, the agency has been developing a training program for convenience store employees on how to spot skimmers or suspicious activity around the gas pump. The program will have online photos and reference material for gas station workers.
Obvious signs of tampering include broken security tape or ill-fitting card readers. Benjamin said the training program will teach some of the basic security measures employees can take to combat skimming.
“If they walk around [the pumps] a couple of times a day and inspect [them], that’s an opportunity to take a glance,” and ensure the pumps haven’t been tampered with, he said.
NACS Online article found here
May 26, 2017
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WHAT WILL TOMORROW’S GAS STATIONS LOOK LIKE?
Oil companies experiment with mobile apps, delivery and foodservice as analysts predict a future with declining demand for gasoline.Tags: Trends
May 26, 2017
IRVING, Texas – The world’s largest oil companies are tinkering with what makes a gas station, as mobile apps, fuel delivery, alternative fuels and foodservice become more prominent and consumers look for even more convenience, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Analysts like the firm Wood Mackenzie are forecasting softening demand for gasoline as electric cars become more popular and fuel efficiency improves. Automated cars and vehicle sharing also will likely impact the gasoline station industry.
Over the next year and a half, Royal Dutch Shell will play around with adapting fuel stations to provide hydrogen, electric chargers and liquefied natural gas alongside gasoline. BP already has 50 locations with electric chargers globally, while France’s Total SA will put in 300 charging stations throughout Europe and 400 hydrogen pumps in Germany by 2023. Exxon Mobile is working on a new gasoline aimed at more fuel-efficient cars.
While many of these companies jettisoned retail station ownership recently, now some of them are opening new gas stations or revamping current ones with an eye to the emerging alternative fuel markets. For example, BP will open 200 stations in Mexico and as many as 3,500 in India in the coming years. Many of its U.K. stations have Marks & Spencer food locations too. “Fifteen years ago it was just fuel,” said Alex Jensen, vice president for BP’s retail arm in Europe. Today, half of the company’s U.K. customers stop by for food, not fuel.
Shell has a mobile app that lets consumers pay for gas with their phone and might install lockers for online order pickup. The company is also considering a restaurant concept to bolster its convenience food. Shell also began a pilot fuel-delivery service in the Netherlands, where customers can request a Shell fill up delivered to wherever their car is parked, via a company-developed app.
see NACS online article here
February 14, 2017
Criminals are migrating from brick-and-mortar retailers to online stores.
February 3, 2017
NEW YORK CITY – With more U.S. retailers adopting credit-card chip technology, thieves have begun to move from brick-and-mortar stores to online retailers, Bloomberg reports. Use of stolen card data to purchase goods via websites, mobile apps or call centers skyrocketed 40% in 2016, according to a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research.
“We are seeing more sophisticated types of fraud moving into the online environment,” said Erika Dietrich, global director of payments risk management at ACI Worldwide. A study released last summer found that one in three consumers worldwide has experienced card fraud.
By the end of 2016, nearly 1.81 million merchants in the United States could accept chip cards, a two-fold rise from 2015, according to Visa Inc. E-commerce retailers and financial firms will shell out $9.2 billion each year in fraud-reduction initiatives by 2020, a 30% jump from current levels, according to Juniper Research.
Worldwide, sales of merchandise purchased online is estimated to hit $27.7 trillion in 2020, up sharply from $22 trillion in 2016, according to eMarketer. This increased online shopping means thieves will have more opportunities to grab financial data or to place orders with stolen information. “Right now the environment is more challenging than it’s ever been,” said Al Pascual, research director and head of fraud and security at Javelin. “And things will get worse before they get better.”
May 31, 2016
What is end of support?
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience.
What does this mean?
It means you should take action. After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.
Potential risk of using older versions of Internet Explorer:
Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.
Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA should conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.
Lack of ISV Support
Many Independent Software Vendors(ISVs) no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer. For example, Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.
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