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.
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
August 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
July 26, 2017
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.