Industry News

Conexxus Hosts Technology Innovators at San Francisco Strategy Event

Press Release

Burlingame, CA, September 25, 2014

“Conexxus Hosts Technology Innovators at San Francisco Strategy Event”

Conexxus’ Technology Research Committee (TRC) sponsored a day of presentations by Bay area technology companies targeting the mobile commerce space as part of Conexxus’ Annual Strategy Conference.  A key partner in this event was blue-chip venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (investors in Google, Amazon, Intuit, AOL) who provided 3 portfolio companies to present to the group at their Menlo Park office.

PCATS Rebrands to Conexxus

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2014
Contact: Gray Taylor; (512) 508-3469

TUCSON – Reflecting the increasing importance of connections and technology, the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has been rebranded as Conexxus, announced today at the association’s Annual Conference in Tucson.

The NACS Magazine App Arrives

NACS launches a digital edition of NACS Magazine.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – NACS Magazine member subscribers can now read the association’s award-winning monthly publication in a digital format, either at NACS Online or on a mobile or tablet device.

NACS Updates Category Definitions

Changes include expanding the Automotive, Edible Grocery, Other Tobacco, Wine and Liquor categories to better fit what retailers are selling under those umbrellas.


Peapod Growing Sales With Mobile

Virtual grocery stores engage commuters, who spent an average of $10 or more per mobile device-triggered transaction than those who ordered via a computer.

SKOKIE, IL – Online grocer Peapod said its recent mobile ad campaign targeting commuters has generated a huge usage increase in the retailer’s mobile shopping app.

Over the past year, orders involving a smartphone and mobile device grew 50% for the online grocer, with 30% of all visits to now involving a mobile device, reports Supermarket News.

PCATS Hall of Fame Recognizes Industry Icons

At THE Tech EVENT, Scott Hartman and Gene Gerke will be recognized for their contributions, accomplishments and dedication to enhancing technology innovation in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Scott Hartman, president and CEO of York, Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s, and Gene Gerke, president of Columbia, Missouri-based Gerke & Associates Inc., have been named the latest inductees into the PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards) Technology Hall of Fame.

MasterCard Introduces MasterPass

MasterPass is intended to enhance and simplify the physical and digital shopping experience.

BARCELONA – At the Mobile World Congress event, MasterCard introduced MasterPass, a digital service that allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences.

Millions Stolen by Gas Station Skimming Operations

The problem has grown as criminals become more adept at using fake card swipe machines to steal credit and debit card data from fuel pumps and ATMs.


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Skimming has become big business. In 2011, skimming cost banks, retailers and consumers $18 billion, HuffingtonPost reports. Many of those skimming cases happened at gasoline station pumps. Sixty-six percent of identity theft were linked to existing credit card or debit card accounts, according to Javelin Strategy and Research.

Visa Introduces Ready Partner Program

Visa says its new program is paving the way to accelerate the deployment of mobile point-of-sale acceptance solutions.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – Visa announced last week a new program, Visa Ready Partner Program, that’s designed to drive the global migration from cash to electronic payments.

The Payments Revolution Is Here

It’s no longer a matter of if the future of mobile payments systems arrives, it’s a matter of how soon.

​MIAMI, Fla. – The technology surrounding payments was a great idea in in the 1970s, but as the players and security issues has evolved, what we’re dealing with today is an inefficient system of static cardholder data, very little authentication, risk and fraud.

Antiquated and fragile — not exactly factors that bode well for the speeding train of mobile payments systems that are coming into your stores.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root, PayPal Partner to Simplify Paying at the Pump

More convenience stores around the world will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments at the pump.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Gilbarco Veeder-Root announced today that it is working with PayPal on digital payment and other mobile solutions to be offered to Gilbarco customers worldwide. The initial effort will launch the PayPal payment capability to retailers with Passport point-of-sale. Future developments will bring PayPal solutions to Gilbarco’s growing suite of media and merchandising applications.

Carl Bayer Joins PCATS Staff

The 20-veteran of NACS is joining PCATS to oversee the IT migration and implementation of DSD and inventory price synchronization standards.


ALEXANDRIA, VA – PCATS announced that Carl Bayer has joined the organization as program manager, immediately overseeing the organization’s IT migration and implementation of PCATS DSD and inventory price synchronization standards.

Convenience Store Count Tops 149,000

Convenience Store Count Tops 149,000

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 149,220 stores as of December 31, 2012, a 0.7% increase (1,094 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2013 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.