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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

We’re less than two years away from the October 2017 EMV liability shift for fuel dispensers, and most large convenience store retailers are well into the planning and deployment phases of upgrading their forecourts with EMV capable equipment.  These early-movers understand that the impact of missing the deadline might be far greater than just the risk of additional fraud liability.

For many other retailers, however, questions still loom about what factors they should consider when making decisions around EMV upgrades.  I thought it would be valuable to touch on some of the basic...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our industry is in the midst of media revolution and we are all along for the ride.  Retailers continue to implement and look for new ways to influence the buying habits of their customers through a connected and complimentary digital experience.  While the idea of deploying directed media is simple in thought, the real application can quickly become overwhelming to manage.  Marketing departments tend to run thin with members commonly wearing other functional hats within an organization.  As a partner in the media journey, we’ve learned some keys to success for creating both an effective...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

As a fueling site owner, have you ever wondered what steps to take in case of natural disaster? Do you have a recovery plan? In light of the recent catastrophic flooding in the Midwest, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few quick reminders:

Here’s what to do if your convenience store fuel dispensers are involved in a flooding situation:

  1. Check out MDE-4097B on Gilbarco’s GOLD or ask your distributor for a copy. This document includes Recovery and Prevention...
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Richard Browne, Vice-President Marketing, Patriot Capital

Just before Christmas, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015" legislation was ratified. A significant part of this modification to the tax rules is a permanent modification to Section 179 of the tax code, allowing purchasers of a capital equipment for small businesses to accelerate the depreciation of these improvements into the year of purchase.

This is a true “small business” incentive, potentially available to c-store owners, fuel marketers and other businesses with annual capital...

Friday, January 08, 2016

By Richard Browne, Vice-President Marketing, Patriot Capital

Congress has given C-store owners and fuel marketers at least one more year to take advantage of significant tax savings on the purchase and installation of alternative fueling equipment.

The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – which has been extended through December 2016 -- enables a 30% tax credit for eligible alternative fueling equipment. Eligible fuels under this credit include E85, propane, biodiesel (20% minimum) and liquefied hydrogen. 

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Impulse Countertop Merchandising for C-StoresYour Bottomline’s Best Friend

Ok, so you got your fueling customers into your store – now what?

Allow me to introduce you to Impulse™, Gilbarco’s innovative countertop merchandising system. Impulse’s compact design takes up a small amount of counter space but pacts a big punch to your marketing ability!

You want to sell those higher margin items in your store? Well, so does Impulse...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

If you missed the October 2015 “the liability shift.” deadline for implementing EMV Chip and PIN at your site realize your in good company, as most fuel and convenience store retailers have not yet implemented.

Even though the adoption of the EMV initiative is voluntary and the first compliance date as passed, you don’t want to be the one looking for a chair when the music stops. It is estimated that the annual retail card based fraud liability is north of $10 Billion dollars annually. 

What now..

First and foremost is to check with your Major Oil Brand...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

We recently announced the purchase of Tel Aviv based technology partner Odysii Technologies. This acquisition shows our continued emphasis on bringing innovative technology solutions to our retail partners. To bring more insights into the partnership, Odysii, and what it means for retailers, Odysii VP of Sales and Marketing, Elad Halperin answers a few questions.

How did Odysii get its start and what was the vision of the...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s no secret we live in the information age – today’s consumers are savvy, intelligent and want information. Scratch that – they NEED information. iPhones and smartphones everywhere are set with alerts for breaking news, trends, and our friends posts on Pinterest. Let’s face it, we’re in a culture where information has become collateral.

Think about the last time you were stuck in a waiting room – were your eyes pinned to the TV in the lobby? I know mine were. Today’s consumers feel disconnected when not absorbing information, and this extends to your site and your pumps!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

I think it was Shakespeare that said, “Time and the tide wait for no man,” … I’m sure he meant EMV too because it is coming! The liability shift deadlines are creeping up faster and faster! The shift dates are going to happen whether we like it or not, and rather than risk the cost of penalties or great fraud charges, I’d rather invest in EMV-compliant equipment that helps me to earn my money back!

Learn more about this and how to easily convert to EMV by signing up for our Passport EMV Webinar.

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