NACS and Pinnacle to enhance fuel dispenser security and combat skimming through new SkimDefend app

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fuel dispenser security is of great concern for the convenience store industry. Approximately 39 million Americans fill-up their gas tanks every day and fuel dispensers have become one of many targets for thieves looking to steal credit and debit card information by “skimming,” an aggressive tactic used to illegally obtain consumer card data for fraudulent purposes.

NACS and The Pinnacle Corporation are helping convenience store operators enhance fuel dispenser security and combat skimming through a new mobile solution: the SkimDefend app. The app works in tandem with tamper-evident NACS WeCare decals, which help retailers identify potential security breaches when devices are opened to install skimming devices at fuel dispensers or other unattended PIN-entry devices. With the SkimDefend app, store operators scan the code at each pump location where a NACS WeCare decal is applied, or enter label numbers manually. Decal usage may also be considered at other locations such as ATMs, car wash controllers, network cabinets and PCs.

“By teaming up with Pinnacle, NACS is able to help convenience store operators combat skimming at the dispenser, and anywhere else hardware is at potential risk. NACS members, and especially our WeCare decal users, are encouraged to take advantage of this app while it is free, and help us enhance the power of SkimDefend by sharing usage experiences,” said Doug Spencer, director of products and services at NACS.

“Pinnacle is pleased to bring the strength of its mobile platform to the NACS WeCare program by introducing the SkimDefend mobile app, providing retailers a powerful tool to help mitigate the risks of skimming devices,” said Melissa Hadley, Pinnacle’s director of product management. “Our mobile platform enables us to rapidly develop and deploy both consumer facing and internal [corporate] facing apps for convenience store operators, and SkimDefend was a natural extension of our strategy. We are excited about the extension possibilities for this app going forward.”

There are two main functions of the SkimDefend app:

  1. To register NACS WeCare decals, their physical locations and capture their GPS coordinates.
  2. To verify that NACS WeCare decals have not been tampered with, and if one has, the app allows store operators can record information and take pictures of what they encountered.

The SkimDefend app creates a virtual tracking mechanism that helps store operators monitor fuel pumps, as well as help provide forensic evidence should a skimming incident occur. The app also helps combat thieves who purchase and/or counterfeit tamper-evident labels by tracking only legitimately purchased decals.

Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus, the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s technology standards and advocacy group, commended Pinnacle for helping NACS deliver a timely tool to assist store operators in combatting skimming. “Conexxus and NACS are constantly seeking ways to bring security to our membership, and SkimDefend is another tool that makes securing our customers’ data a bit easier. This is a great example of how we continue to work with all stakeholders to improve our members’ profitability.”

Convenience store operators can download the SkimDefend app free of charge for Apple and Android mobile devices, and the NACS WeCare decals can be purchased at nacsonline.com/wecare.

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About Pinnacle
The Pinnacle Corporation (www.pinncorp.com) is a leader in the automation technology industry, focusing on the rapidly evolving convenience store and petroleum industries. Pinnacle delivers products that automate the broad spectrum of convenience store operations and supply chain management of fuel operations. Nationwide, Pinnacle’s products and services are used daily in thousands of convenience outlets to automate and improve their store operations and by fuel marketers to increase their efficiency in the complex management of fuel delivery.

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 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

BRC Global Standards to launch new voluntary module assessing food safety culture in partnership with Taylor Shannon International

LONDON, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has today announced the launch in June of a new voluntary module assessing food safety culture.

The module is being offered in partnership with Taylor Shannon International (TSI), industry leaders in the fields of food safety, management, education and organisational culture. Drawing on decades of academic research, combined with TSI’s workplace research in food safety management, the module was developed in order to offer a simple, cost-effective way for manufacturers to receive a food safety culture assessment at the same time as their annual audit, with this exclusive new product available to all sites choosing food safety certification with BRC Global Standards.

The Food Safety Culture Module offers many benefits for manufacturers, specifiers and the wider industry. Culture is often considered a broad or blurry concept, but this assessment provides a way to evaluate food safety culture, identify areas for development, and measure the success of changes over time as a company’s culture evolves.

It involves two questionnaires, one completed by employees, and the other by the external auditor following the audit. With answers measured across four categories: people, process, purpose and proactivity, the results provide both manufacturers and specifiers with a tool to evaluate site culture, and an Assessment Report with clear, actionable findings.

Food safety culture is a growing focus in the industry, and this module delivers thorough analysis and insight into working culture; complementing existing food safety programmes with valuable understanding of a site’s culture and areas for action. It is a unique way of measuring food safety and complements the existing Standard, giving a more in-depth understanding of the site and its staff. This visibility highlights areas for investment and facilitates improvement, providing the potential for a more food safety focused workforce, targeted training programmes, and greater operational insight.

David Brackston, BRC Global Standards Technical Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Taylor Shannon International to offer this industry leading assessment of food safety culture. We’ve seen considerable interest in the module when presenting it to BRC Global Standards sites, conference delegates, certification bodies, and auditors, and look forward to being the only GFSI-benchmarked scheme to offer this tool to the food safety industry.”

Notes to Editors:

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage, and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

For more information please visit http://brcglobalstandards.com/CultureExcellence.aspx

Media Contact: +44 (0)20 7854 8980

BRC: full range of solutions and tools designed to assist you in preparing to meet FSMA expectations

LONDON, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC is pleased to announce the development of a full range of solutions and tools designed to assist you in preparing to meet FSMA expectations. In addition, these tools will help effectively evaluate how prepared the supply chain is.

BRC Global Standards contracted The Acheson Group (TAG) to assess the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 against the final rule for Preventative Controls for Human Food. The results of the analysis show that certification to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 is in almost complete alignment with the expectations in FSMA. BRC will be releasing the full analytical matrix, along with the overview assessment during April 2016.

Many other GFSI benchmarked schemes have had a basic comparison matrix completed between their requirements and some aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act (some had this work complete prior to the rules being final), BRC has taken the position that sites, and specifiers, also need to know where there are gaps, and how to best approach satisfying additional needs.

To accompany the TAG matrix, BRC will be hosting a series of live webinars, outlining what additional requirements are needed to fulfill the handful of prescriptive elements within preventative controls not covered by BRC certification. The webinars, titled “The FSMA BRC Connection for BRC Certificated Sites” are a must, not just for certificated organizations, but also their supply chains. The webinars will be delivered in several languages.

You can download a copy of the BRC/TAG report and register for the live webinar on www.brcglobalstandards.com

Other supporting material to be published in April 2016 include a FSMA Guidance Document, Preventative Controls Checklist, FSMA Product Brochures for Specifiers and Manufactures, a FSMA Additional Voluntary Module (AVM) for Food 7 certification audits.

Notes to Editors

About BRC Global Standards
BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality standards programmes for food manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offers comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

For more information, please visit www.brcglobalstandards.com

Media Contacts:
BRC Press Office +44 (0)20 7854 8924 / +44 (0)7921 605544

Baskin-Robbins to open new shop in Marietta, Georgia this June

LARGEST ICE CREAM SPECIALTY SHOP HOSTS FRANCHISING OPEN HOUSES IN ROSWELL ON JUNE 11 AND BUCKHEAD ON JUNE 12 TO FUEL GEORGIA GROWTH

CANTON, MA, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced plans to open a new shop in Marietta in June at 4811 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 112. This is the second Baskin-Robbins location for existing franchisee and former brand employee, Chris Locher, who opened his first shop in Roswell in 2015.

“I’m thrilled to open my second Baskin-Robbins shop in the Atlanta area, especially after a great experience with my first Georgia location,” said Chris Locher. “Before I opened my first shop in Roswell, I worked as a director of operations for Baskin-Robbins and provided support and guidance for so many franchisees. After five years of working for the brand, I knew it was time to use my own advice and buy my very own franchise. Less than one year later, I’m opening my second location and plan on building a network of Baskin-Robbins shops to pass down to my children.”

To fuel additional growth with new franchisees, Baskin-Robbins will host two Franchising Open Houses at Baskin-Robbins shops in the Atlanta area. Anyone who has ever thought about owning his or her own business should consider visiting the Open House to meet Baskin-Robbins’ Franchising Manager, Tarji Carter, and learn about the unique opportunity Baskin-Robbins can offer, especially with the current financial incentives available.* In addition, potential candidates will get a chance to see how a shop operates in real-time, meet the franchisee and, of course, try the brand’s range of ice cream products.

Franchising Open House #1 (shop owned by franchisee Chris Locher):

  • When: Saturday, June 11 from 12pm to 4pm
  • Where: Baskin-Robbins shop located at 10800 Alpharetta Hwy #232, Roswell

Franchising Open House #2 (shop owned by franchisee Hugh Williams):

  • When: Sunday, June 12 from 12pm to 4pm
  • Where: Baskin-Robbins shop located at 2335 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta

To register for either event, visit http://franchisingevents.dunkinbrands.com/, or for additional information, contact Franchising Manager Tarji Carter at franchiseinfo@baskinrobbins.com or 781-737-5530.

Both seminars will provide details about franchising opportunities in Georgia, including an opportunity in Canton to own a Baskin-Robbins shop that will be located side-by-side with an existing Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

“I am happy to open my doors to potential Baskin-Robbins franchisees in the Atlanta area,” said Hugh Williams, Baskin-Robbins franchisee at the Buckhead location. “I encourage entrepreneurs to come by, view our restaurant and learn more about how to become a part of this growing brand.”

“Baskin-Robbins has more than seven decades of experience refining its business system to offer a fun, rewarding new business opportunity to new franchise candidates,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “As we continue to foster and grow our relationship with Georgia ice cream lovers, we’re looking for motivated entrepreneurs who have a passion for their local communities to join our team and take advantage of our development opportunities.”

Baskin-Robbins combines delicious treats with a simple operating model. Franchisees enjoy convenient hours of operation, minimal equipment and little product waste. They also benefit from award-winning training programs and comprehensive operating systems designed to help build their business.

* Please see the Baskin-Robbins Franchise Disclosure Document for details.

About Baskin-Robbins

Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2015, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

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Winecrasher.com launches revolutionary best value wine club

Napa, California, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Winecrasher.com, announced today the launch of a new wine club based on the company’s unique “Crash Pricing” concept – which guarantees the best prices for critically rated wine.

In Winecrasher’s innovative concept, which was inspired by Hotwire/Priceline, the customer is shown all the info about a wine (rating, varietal, region and vintage) but the company only reveals the wine label and name of the winery after the purchase is complete. This discrete discount model allows Winecrasher to offer the greatest discounts on wines while protecting winery brands.

Winecrasher is extending this concept to it’s newly launched wine clubs which will offer customers a monthly subscription, for either three (3) or six (6) bottles of critically rated wines.

Each of the wine clubs is guaranteed the following:

  • The best price in the US market for each bottle
  • Each bottle sold has been critically rated by either Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Antonio
    Galloni’s Vinous or Burghound.
  • Free California shipping and only $9.99 shipping nationwide (excluding UT, MA, PA, AK and HI)
  • Super easy cancellation – just send an email

In addition, Winecrasher will offer a premium experience through its personally tailored wine club for anyone who wants to customize their selection.

“We wanted to create a club where people can try new wines, without preconceived notions, while learning about new regions. With the guarantee that they’re getting the best value,” said Winecrasher’s Co-Founder and Wine Director, Nancy O’Connell. Nancy, who will manage and select the club’s wine portfolio, also mentioned that “While we choose the wines based on our own impressions, sourcing only critically rated wine allows the added assurance that the customers receive a product of verifiable quality.”

“This wine club concept ties in to the whole philosophy of Winecrasher,” said Winecrasher’s Founder, Niv Nissenson. “We feel that people are tired of wine clubs that market obscure wines or put high markups on the bottles sold. We think that wine consumers are equally dissatisfied with clubs that make it very easy to join but difficult to unsubscribe. At Winecrasher we aspire to create a wine club where the best price is guaranteed, every wine is rated and it’s very easy to cancel”

Winecrasher’s wine club can be accessed in the following link:http://www.winecrasher.com/Wine- Club_c_61.html

About Winecrasher:
Launched in Early 2016 in California, Winecrasher.com brings a new and unique marketing concept to U.S. wine retail. Inspired by Travel Websites Hotwire.com and Priceline.com , Winecrasher utilizes “crash pricing” to provide it’s customers with the guaranteed best value in wine. Winecrasher provides customers with all the information about a bottle of wine (region, varietal, score etc.) but only reveals the name of the wine after the purchase is complete. This allows Winecrasher to offer the guaranteed best prices in the market while protecting winery brands from public discounting. A win-wine for consumers and wineries!

Contact-Details: niv@winecrasher.com 707 6378053

SOURCE: EPR Network