ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-3-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — PCATS is pleased to announce that three convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the PCATS Hall of Fame: Henry Armour, president and CEO of NACS; Jenny Bullard, CIO of Waycross, Georgia-based Flash Foods; and Loring Perez, president of Columbus, Georgia-based Chattahoochee Oil Company.
“Henry, Jenny and Loring were early champions of our mission, through driving the formation of PCATS and putting to work the standards we created,” said Gray Taylor, executive director of PCATS. “These retailers embraced the idea that retailers need to take control of their technology future, and work closely with suppliers to create efficient and capable enterprise systems.”
The PCATS Hall of Fame honor is given to industry leaders who have been critical to the improvement of retail systems through interoperability, profitability and technology vision. The PCATS Technology Hall of Fame was established in 2011. Previous inductees include Teri Richman (NACS), John Hervey (PCATS), Greg Gilkerson (PDI), Bob Johnson (The Pinnacle Corporation), Brad McGuinness (VeriFone), Scott Hartman (Rutter’s) and Gene Gerke (Gerke & Associates).
The PCATS Annual Conference, attended by the industry’s leading technology experts and management, will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, April 28 through May 1, 2014. The conference agenda includes face-to-face meetings of all PCATS Committees and Work Groups to further data exchange standards in device integration, payments, enterprise integration, mobile commerce, supply chain and data security. The conference will also include informational sessions, including IBM’s Chief of Retail Technology Vish Ganapathy, who will speak on impact of current technology on retail. Each day will close with a social event, including the Hall of Fame event on April 28.
For more information or to attend the PCATS Annual Conference, go to www.pcats.org.
About PCATS: The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is a non-profit organization devoted to the development, maintenance and implementation of standards, education and best practices for the convenience store and fuel retail segments. Members of PCATS collaborate and focus on key industry challenges and initiatives, and their efforts influence the cost of ownership and interoperability within the industries that PCATS serves.
Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 149,000 stores across the country, posted $700 billion in total sales in 2012, of which $501 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.