NCR Corporation unveils its new NCR Mobile Payments solution at the NACS Show

NCR and P97 are working together to provide an innovative end-to-end mobile payment option to fuel and convenience store customers

Duluth, Ga., 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, has unveiled its new NCR Mobile Payments solution at the NACS Show, the leading convenience and fuel retailing event, held in Chicago from October 17 to 20. The cloud-based solution enables fast mobile transactions for a variety of mobile wallets and card schemes, allowing retailers of all sizes to offer their customers greater payment flexibility without having to install new hardware.

The solution is built on P97’s PetroZone® platform, one of the industry’s most mature, end-to-end mobile payment platforms in the United States. It ties directly with the NCR RPOS and EPS point of sale solutions to enable fast, easy, indoor and outdoor mobile payments at gas stations and convenience stores around the U.S., and eventually around the world.

“This landmark agreement with NCR enables us to stay ahead of the innovation curve and offer customers convenient mobile payments, both inside the store and at the pump,” said Don Frieden, Founder and CEO, P97 Networks.

Retailers can either integrate the NCR mobile payment solution into their existing mobile app, or use capabilities of the solution to build their own app and add additional features such as location finder, promotions as well as product information.

“P97 has long been an innovator in this space, and together we are helping retailers provide a new customer experience by integrating payments, loyalty programs and contextual marketing all in one solution that appeals to today’s mobile users,” said Tom Chittenden, vice president and general manager of Retail Solutions at NCR.

The platform accepts a long list of payment methods including traditional card networks Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, mobile wallet providers MasterPass, ChasePay and ApplePay, as well as leading automated clearing-house services.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its web site which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ncrcorp
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ncr-corporation
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/ncrcorporation

About P97
P97 Networks provides secure cloud based mobile commerce and digital marketing solutions for the convenience retail and fuels marketing industry under the brand name PetroZone®. P97’s Commerce solutions enhance the ability of convenience store operators, marketers, and oil companies to attract and retain customers by providing technology that securely connects millions of individual mobile phones and connected cars with identity and geo-location based software technology to create truly unique connected-consumer experiences. P97’s software personalizes the “find-buy-save” experience for every mobile consumer. For more information follow us on Twitter @p97networks or visit www.p97.com.

News Media Contacts:
Ortrud Wenzel
NCR Public Relations
+49 821 405 8191
ortrud.wenzel@ncr.com

P97 Media Contact:
Monica Danna
P97 Networks
281-687-7515
monica.danna@p97.com

Source: NCR Corporation

NGA Fall Leadership Meetings to join NACS Show

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. and ARLINGTON, Va., 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS and the National Grocers Association (NGA), the leading associations representing convenience retailers and independent grocers respectively, announced that NGA is aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings comprised of the Trading Partner Business Sessions and Financial Management and Technology Conference with the NACS Show, which will take place October 17-20 in Chicago.

The strategic partnership brings together the leading small format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and operating best practices.

NGA is the third major trade association to partner with the NACS Show. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) have previously co-located their programming and expositions with the NACS Show. Conexxus, the stand-alone spin off of the NACS Technology Project, also is aligned with the NACS Show.

The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 23,000 attendees from 60-plus countries annually attend the NACS Show, which features four days of general sessions, 50 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a nearly 410,000 net-square-foot expo. The NACS Show is one of the 40 largest tradeshows in the United States.

“This partnership furthers the efforts of both organizations to provide its members with convenient, one-stop shopping for new ideas, new connections and new products and services,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour.

“We’re excited to partner with NACS on this one-of-a-kind experience for independent grocers. The combination of our events provides NGA members the opportunity to see innovative products and solutions and further expand their networks,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO.

More information on the 2017 NACS Show is available at nacsshow.com. More information on the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings is available at ngafall.com.

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.

Contact:

(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

Source: NACS

The nine featured stores and companies in 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go video

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go video is now available for purchase online.

The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores. Since 1994, Ideas 2 Go has provided a fast-paced video tour of some of the most interesting, creative and potentially profitable ideas in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

The 50-minute Ideas 2 Go video presentation was shown in today’s NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can order and download the 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go program (SKU # 30088022) for $30 ($60 regular price).

Orders can be placed online at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go2015. Once purchased, visit the 2015 Ideas 2 Go viewer under the Solutions section of NACS Online (nacsonline.com/ideas2goviewer). The program is only available for purchase and viewing online; there will not be a DVD also available for purchase.

The nine featured stores/companies are:

Flory’s Corp. (Flory’s Convenience & Deli)
The two-story facility features an old-time look and feel, with modern interior and exterior design elements and an upscale foodservice offer. To attract customers back after its grand reopening, Flory’s introduced a unique and successful morning gas price sale (Fishkill, NY).

Verc Enterprises Inc. (Verc Express)
The company tested a program to provide work to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that also significantly increased company culture. Verc expanded the program to providing employment to other hard-to-place individuals and saw its culture continue to flourish (Kingston, MA).

The Cube
The prototype drive-thru convenience store offers customers a way to shop for a range of items without leaving their cars. The store has a full kitchen, fresh foods and online ordering, and takes advantage of a small lot that doesn’t work for other retail formats (Norman, OK).

The PRIDE Stores Inc.
The company takes great pride in its locations, offering upscale convenience and demonstrating a model of what fast food should be with its Urban Counter format. The store also features frozen kefir with fresh toppings — all in a high-volume BP station (Hinsdale, IL).

6040 LLC (Encore)
A new foodservice program targets early-morning customers with unique Hispanic-themed fare, and even fusion items like chicken curry tacos in a small format store. Fresh food is just one of the many ideas the company has initiated to grow sales and build its brand (Hoover, AL).

BF Holdings LLC (Latitudes)
Latitudes combines elements of grocery, convenience retailing, fueling and foodservice into a neighborhood hangout, especially for community groups — which makes perfect sense given that it was designed by community focus groups. In a sense, it’s a truck stop without the trucks (Rio Rancho, NM).

OnCue Marketing (OnCue Express)
Offering a buffet of fuels (E10, E85, 100% gas, diesel fuel), OnCue has embraced compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative domestic fuel. Combine that with a large drive-thru presence, clean stores and friendly service, the company is delivering a compelling offer to consumers (Oklahoma City, OK).

Sheetz Inc.
This is the first modern location for Sheetz without gasoline or parking, with a complete focus on the food and beverage offering. The nearly 15,000-square-foot location is “a giant sandbox” to experiment and develop programs to redefine the company (Morgantown, WV).

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Joe’s personifies the notion that great food can be eaten at a gas station. Not only is it considered the best BBQ in Kansas City, which is a feat in itself, it is considered among the best places to eat anywhere, earning lines out the door and raves from Anthony Bourdain, among others (Kansas City, MO).

In addition to the nine video segments, four short “Ideas 2 Grow” segments examined unique innovations in retail.

Ideas 2 Go video from previous years (2002 to 2014) can be viewed at www.nacsonline.com/ideas2go.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and over 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour addresses the NACS Show general session

LAS VEGAS, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — “We’ve been hard at work developing tools to help you defend and grow your businesses,” NACS President and CEO Hank Armour told attendees at the Oct. 13 NACS Show general session.

Armour said that NACS improves the convenience retailing industry by scouting and sharing global best practices, by developing programs for members to improve their operations and by creating new initiatives to address critical issues and opportunities. Armour then outlined each of these areas.

First, he touched upon global best practices.

“To be successful you need to know what’s around the corner — whether that corner is down the street or on the other side of the world. There are no unique issues around world. Sure, each country is different, but those differences are simply the result of being in different phases in the issue life cycle,” said Armour.

He then provided a few examples:

  • In Asian countries such as Japan, technologies like mobile payments are interwoven into the fabric of life and the shopping experience at a convenience store.
  • In Argentina, over more than 60% of the transportation fuel is natural gas.
  • In Australia, not only is the cigarette category dark but all cigarette packages are the same plain green with brand names in the same black fonts.

“No matter what country you’re in, you can learn so much from looking at what’s happening around the world,” which is why attendees from more than 60 countries attend the NACS Show. This mindset is also why NACS has dramatically expanded its international portfolio to include Global State of the Industry reports, the February 2016 Global Forum in South Africa and the June 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, which takes place in both Stockholm and London.

Second, Armour discussed the robust set of tools NACS has developed to help retailers refresh their offers and their image. Armour said that NACS has created resources that both define the industry and help retailers benefit, including:

  • A community outreach toolkit that explains our industry around 10 issues, from jobs to safety to our business model to community engagement.
  • A public relations guidebook filled with best practices and proven techniques to communicate messages in your communities.
  • A primer to help retailers prepare for zoning and other public hearings, which addresses the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) mentality that is common in hearings.
  • The first two resources developed in collaboration with the United Fresh Produce Association to help retailers examine the business case for produce sales, and provides road maps to expand a retailer’s produce offer.

“But we’re not leaving the re-imaging of our industry all up to you,” said Armour. “NACS has been aggressively spreading the good word about our industry — by expanding the partnerships and close ties we have with the most recognized and respected nutrition and community groups across the country and by telling our industry’s story to the media.”

And third, Armour said, NACS is addressing many of the issues and opportunities the industry faces with the help of NACS subsidiaries and affiliated organizations.

Fuels: Because convenience stores sell more than 80 percent of the gasoline in the United States, NACS founded The Fuels Institute two years ago to have a seat at the table for any discussion involving transportation fuels. “The Fuels Institute has — for really the first time ever — brought the diverse stakeholders from the transportation and fuels markets together: retailers, refiners, ethanol and natural gas producers, automobile manufacturers and even consumer advocates, to help identify transportation’s biggest issues — and create fact-based research to address them.”

Technology: Conexxus has been instrumental in bringing productivity-enhancing technology standards to the industry for over a decade. Most recently, Conexxus helped NACS design a modern electronic payroll card program that greatly simplifies the lives of many employees, while significantly reducing employer payroll processing costs.

Benchmarking tools: The CSX subsidiary is the engine behind NACS’ first-in-class industry dataset that powers the annual NACS State of the Industry Summit and NACS’ dynamic benchmarking software. “It’s a great resource to help you improve your performance by benchmarking it against industry averages and the results of the top performers in the industry,” said Armour.

“But even with the best tools to run your business, to fight your existing and emerging competition and to ride the wave of innovation, there is one more enormous challenge to your business,” cautioned Armour. “And I would argue that it is the great one — the government.”

“Of all the things we do at NACS, the one that is at the core of our existence, that we are most zealous about, is representing our industry’s interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas, he said.

“This past year we aggressively fought on your behalf to bring reason to the confusing, costly and poorly designed menu labeling requirement imposed on us by the Affordable Care Act,” said Armour. NACS and other allies were successful in introducing bipartisan congressional legislation that rectifies many of the flaws in the labeling requirements. “The end result was that the FDA was forced to pull back the regulations for further review and delayed their implementation for at least another year,” he said.

NACS also is actively addressing the threat of online lottery sales. “We think that online lottery is a bad idea all around. It hurts the local stores that have effectively managed and grown the program for the past 50 years. And it creates a whole slew of new problems — from dubious controls on the age of purchasers to a great temptation to run up credit card debt in the pursuit of mega jackpots,” said Armour.

“We are fighting this — as we do every issue — with passion and reason. You, too, can play a role. I urge every one of you to challenge your state lottery commissioners on why they want to move their sales online,” said Armour.

Armour said that there is a long list of other legislative issues that NACS is also addressing, including

  • Revising the Renewable Fuels Standard to align the ethanol mandate with what the market can realistically absorb,
  • Minimum wage issues,
  • Compliance under the Affordable Care Act,
  • And, of course, swipe fee reform.

Ending on a positive note, Armour said that passage of debit fee reform (the Durbin Amendment) last year saved our customers and our industry more than $400 million.

“Those savings can pay your NACS dues not only for the rest of your lives but for those of your children’s, grandchildren’s and many generations beyond that. The value of NACS membership is awesome,” Armour said.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and more than 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SOURCE: NACS

NACS Show: U-Gas and Tri Star Services to expand healthier options across their stores

WASHINGTON, DC, 2015-10-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, today announced that U-Gas, home of GiGi’s Café Express, and Tri Star Services’ Twice Daily, two regional convenience store chains, have signed on to expand healthier options across their stores. The announcement was made at the NACS Show, the convenience store industry’s largest event.

Over the next several years, U-Gas – which has stores in Missouri and Illinois – and Twice Daily convenience stores in Tennessee and Kentucky, are committing to maintain and build upon healthy food choices; continue to make those choices more affordable; and support healthier options through in-store marketing and promotions to meet the needs of the children, families and communities it serves.

“Half of the U.S. population visits a convenience store every single day, and more and more they’re looking for healthier options, which are also more profitable for business,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “As consumer demand continues its shift toward health, U-Gas and Twice Daily are stepping up to ensure their customers have access to those healthier, more affordable options whether they’re grabbing a snack or a meal to go.”

Over the next few years, U-Gas and Twice Daily will work with PHA to expand healthier food offerings, with more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, healthier packaged foods and healthier made to order or grab & go options. These chains will also focus on in-store promotion of healthier products, as well as other tactics geared toward making the healthy choice the easy choice. Also, in support of PHA’s Drink Up Initiative, both U-Gas and Twice Daily will add the Drink Up logo to all private label water bottles and engage in other marketing activities to encourage more customers to drink water more often.

Nearly 1,000 convenience stores have now committed to PHA to increase access to healthier foods in their stores. Today’s announcement took place at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show, which features four days of general sessions, more than 60 educational sessions and over 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 400,000 net-square-foot expo.

“As an industry, we are committed to making a difference in our customers’ lives, and increasingly that involves providing more healthy options in stores. We look forward to continuing to work with PHA and other like-minded groups to celebrate our members’ commitment to the communities that they serve,” said NACS President and CEO Henry O. Armour.

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS Show, October 11-14, will feature an extra day of general sessions

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 NACS Show will feature an extra day of general sessions in addition to more than 55 educational sessions spread over the four-day event. The event also will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors in a massive 400,000 net-square-foot expo.

The NACS Show will take place October 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The NACS Show combines world-class education with cutting-edge products and services all wrapped up in the best networking event in the convenience and retailing industry,” said NACS Chairman Steve Loehr, vice president of operations at LaCrosse, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip. “The added fourth day of general sessions further cements the NACS Show as a can’t-miss event for anyone selling convenience.”

The general session speakers are:

  • Chris McChesney, global practice leader of execution for Franklin Covey, and national best-selling author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
  • Connie Podesta, an award-winning author, comedian and expert in the psychology of human relations, as well as sales and leadership.
  • John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market.

On the last day of the NACS Show, the general session will debut the 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go video program that will feature behind-the-scenes looks at nine exceptional convenience retailers, showcasing the industry’s best practices and most innovative operators. An archive of previous Ideas 2 Go segments is hosted online at nacsonline.com/ideas2go.

Each general session also will feature keynotes from NACS leadership, including President and CEO Henry Armour; 2014-15 NACS Chairman Steve Loehr; and incoming 2015-16 NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali, president of J & T Management Company Inc. in Corona, California. Reflecting the growing international scope of the NACS Show, the general sessions will be once again translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions will be translated into Portuguese and Spanish.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas.. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

NOTE: Photographs of the speakers are available upon request.

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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 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS welcomes Scott Kubista-Hovis to the newly created role of performance consultant

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-4-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scott Kubista-Hovis has joined NACS as a performance consultant and will help to enhance and measure the effectiveness of the association’s educational offerings, including e-learning opportunities and event education, namely around the NACS Show. In this newly created role, Kubista-Hovis will create learning plans using adult learning principles resulting in improved on-the-job performance for NACS members.

Kubista-Hovis previously worked at the Society for Human Resource Management as an eLearning specialist. He also held the role of education manager at the Community Associations Institute and served as consultant for several organizations, including Capital One and Team Based Learning Collaborative.

He holds an M.A. in human resource development from The George Washington University, an M.A. in science education from Indiana University and a B.S. in biology from the University of Minnesota.

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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 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.