2017 NACS Insight European Convenience Retail Technology Award presented to Valora

LONDON, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Valora has won the 2017 European Convenience Retail Technology Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments technology and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London on June 14 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes Valora, with more than 2,500 convenience and foodservice stores in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Lux and France, for its k kiosk mobile loyalty application. Valora owns a broad network of kiosk formats across Europe, offering everyday convenience store merchandise, with more than 900 k kiosk locations in Switzerland in highly trafficked areas. Valora’s k kiosk app provides consumers with unique coupons, stamp cards and the highly innovative “share and care” feature. This feature creates a community of k kiosk app users interacting with each other; they have the ability gift treats like coffee, beverages and snacks to friends who also use the app technology.

“The award is a true recognition of our strong commitment to generate added value for our customers through new digital solutions,” said Michael Mueller, CEO of Valora Group. “With about 1.4 million daily customer contacts across the group, we are dedicated to drive customer loyalty through innovation. In order to do so, we are continuously building up digital talent—within our company and with the help of service providers such as Dealini, Liquid Barcodes and Nothing Interactive who supported us in the k kiosk app project.“

“Verifone is committed to innovative technologies and solutions, and applaud companies that are using technology to help gas stations and convenience stores enrich the consumer experience,” said Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems for Verifone. “We are delighted to recognize Valora for improving upon an award-winning software platform with further enhancements, showing that they are ahead of the curve with mobile technology in Europe.”

The European Convenience Retail Technology Award recognizes a convenience retailing company that is pursuing a significant and compelling technology initiative that benefits European consumers, and is making long-term investments in technology innovation.

At the June 14 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, winners were also announced for the International Convenience Retailer of the Year and the European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award.

Now in its fourth year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Zurich on June 10 with education and store tours and ends on June 15 in London.

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NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

Brad McGuinness named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.

In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Company, was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named to their positions during the NACS Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

McGuinness began his career in 1983 with Paradyne Corporation before partnering with a Belgium-based technology firm to form Perdata Corporation, where he pioneered POS integrations for the late Sam Jacobsen’s Pick Kwik and PDQ Food Stores, as well as Nice N Easy and other industry retailers. McGuinness joined Verifone when it acquired Perdata in 1992. McGuinness has spearheaded key standards development initiatives with Conexxus—the non-profit organization that drives standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the convenience industry. Today, McGuinness leads product and engineering teams for Verifone’s global line of business in the convenience store and petroleum markets.

Ard joined the Coca-Cola system in April 1979 as a route driver for the Rainwater Coca-Cola Bottling Group. Over the next 15 years, he held numerous positions, each with increasing responsibility. In 1994, he relocated to New Orleans to serve as the area vice president for south Louisiana and was later promoted to general manager of the Gulf States Division and general manager of the Florida Division. In 2005, he assumed his current position as vice president of national sales, convenience retail.

The NACS Supplier Board is comprised of individuals from NACS supplier member companies that represent different product and service categories in the convenience store industry.

Three vice chairmen also were elected to the five-member Supplier Board leadership team:

  • Drew Mize, President, The Pinnacle Corporation
  • Tim Quinn, Vice President Trade Development, Mars Chocolate North America LLC
  • Dave Riser, Vice President External Relations, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

In addition, three new members were elected to the NACS Supplier Board:

  • Cindy McEntire, Team Leader, Nestle
  • David Charles, President and CEO, Cash Depot
  • George Ubing, National Sales Director-Convenience Channel, E&J Gallo Winery

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.

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SOURCE: NACS

NACS recognizes S-Group with 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — S-Group has won the 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes S-Group for the implementation of a new mobile fueling feature to its award-winning S-Mobile iPhone app, an innovative service that combines retail, banking and fueling to transform the entire retail customer experience. S-Group is a renowned Finnish cooperative group of companies operating in the retail sector. The mobile fueling app was launched by two of S-Group’s subsidiaries: S-Bank, which provides all co-op members with comprehensive banking services and ABC, a service station chain and fuel trade company. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

S-Mobile automatically recognizes the customer’s location, and fueling is initiated by simply choosing the correct fuel pump from the app. After fueling, the payment is handled automatically through the S-Bank Visa card, linking the payment with customer loyalty benefits. S Group’s mobile app has more than 600,000 downloads in Finland, a country with a population of 5.4 million.

“We want to create simple services with a superb digital banking and retail experience for our 2.8 million customers. With our service, customers no longer need to use traditional card readers and PIN codes at the petrol station. In the Finnish winter, where temperatures can dip below -30 degrees Celsius, traditional pump activation is a hassle. We believe that the app can overcome such inconveniences and ensure a seamless customer experience with automatic payments for the user. This new service is only one way in which we aim to make everyday life easier for our customers,” said Pekka Ylihurula, managing director of S-Bank.

“S-Group shares Verifone’s commitment to helping gas stations and convenience stores enhance the consumer experience, and we are honored to recognize S-Group for its forward-thinking and innovative S-Mobile app solution, as well as the company’s leadership to inspire other businesses to identify and implement technology initiatives of their own,” said Brad McGuinness, Global Head of Petroleum Systems for Verifone.

“Consumers are looking for more speed in everything they do and in order to capitalize on the opportunity this creates for our industry, convenience retailers need to be at the forefront of technology implementation,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “S-Group’s innovation makes customer’s lives easier and the feature that allows tracking of petrol consumption is compelling.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated S-Group for its commitment to advancing technology best practices. “S-Group’s mobile fueling and payments app is an innovative technology platform retailers around the world can learn from, particularly markets where data security and new payment options are top of mind.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

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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.