Microsoft Begins Using AI to Identify Smokers at the Pumps

Artificial intelligence is continually creeping into aspects of our everyday life, including at some gas stations. Microsoft has begun working with Shell to identify people smoking at the pumps using their Azure IoT Edge cloud intelligence. With onsite video cameras and a device in the station running Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, retailers can identify dangerous […]

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EPA Denies Request To Delay Sump Testing Deadline, Remains October 13th 2018

The October 13th, 2018 deadline for sump testing is seemingly here to stay. The EPA has denied requests put forward by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), National Association of Truck Store Operators (NATSO), Food Marketing Institute (FMI), 25 US senators and 20 members of the U.S. House […]

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Walmart Opens Convenience Stores in North Texas

Walmart has continued to explore the fueling market, adding a new store in Plano, Texas with more coming.   The retail giant (NYSE: WMT) opened a new convenience store concept in Plano on Wednesday and similar stores are in the pipeline throughout the metroplex. Walmart initially piloted this concept, which it’s calling “Walmart Fuel Stations,” […]

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Kwik Trip Wins 2018 Chain of the Year Award

Convenience Store Decisions has named Kwik Trip, headquartered in La Crosse Wisconsin, as their 2018 chain of the year.   Honesty and integrity, respect, humility and innovation. These are the words that define Kwik Trip…and it shows. The La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience store chain exemplifies what it means to be a “people company.” It is […]

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Gas Pump TV and Bennett Pump Begin Offering Retail Subsidies

TV’s at the dispenser have become more and more frequent and while some customers dislike or ignore the advertisements the technology is seemingly here to stay. As such Bennett Pump is partnering with Gas Pump TV in order to help store owners get this new technology in their stores.   Fuel dispenser manufacturer Bennett Pump […]

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New Tools Being Developed in the Fight Against Skimmers

Skimmers, if you follow the C-Store industry you know it’s been a problem for the past several years that is only growing. Now law enforcement has a new tool in the fight against skimmers thanks to an ambitious computer science professor. Called the ‘Skim Reaper’, it resembles a long credit card that can be slid […]

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EPA and DATCP Regulations for Sump Testing

In 2015, the EPA published a rule revision with several new requirements, many of which have already been incorporated into Wisconsin code. However, Wisconsin has now implemented the following EPA rule requirements that were not previously addressed: Spill prevention equipment, aka spill bucket, testing (periodic test every 3 years). Containment sump testing of sumps used […]

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Should Gas Stations Relax on EMV Upgrade Plans?

The short answer—no. First, card brands still intend to implement chargebacks at sites with excessive fraud. This will mean for many sites, the original October of 2017 deadline is still the effective date for accepting EMV transactions.

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People… the Secret of Our Success

Twelve years ago the future of METCO was unknown. There was limited structure, few employees knew what their role was, and many didn’t know who their supervisor was. There were no annual budgets and no company goals.

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Keeping You In Compliance

Wisconsin Administrative code for fuel systems requires monthly inspections to verify the function and condition of your storage tanks and fuel dispensers. These equipment inspections are required to help protect the public, facility employees, and the environment from the hazards posed by the  release of flammable or combustible liquids.

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