NACS Applauds Effort To Require PIN Technology On Credit Transactions

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), on behalf of the more than 151,000 convenience stores nationwide, applauded President Obama’s announcement of the new BuySecure Initiative instituting the use of both microchip and PIN technology in government-issued credit and debit cards. NACS joined with leading private players to advance the use of this highly secure technology as the industry standard.

“NACS has been working for many years to promote the use of PIN technology, which has been successfully employed in Europe for years, resulting in dramatic reductions in fraud to the benefit of merchants and consumers alike,” said Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations.

“PIN technology is the surest and simplest way to ensure card security. Even without the use of chip, requiring a four-digit PIN number on all credit card transactions would immediately eliminate the vast majority of card fraud. We agree with the president that this collaborative initiative has the potential to be a premier example of government leadership in driving positive change, in particular to accelerate the widespread adoption of next-generation payment security tools. NACS will redouble its own efforts to work with the administration, Congress and the industry to make the establishment of the highest possible protections for businesses and consumers in the very near future,” said Mr. Beckwith.

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NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD Now Available

The newly released NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD is now available for purchase. The DVD features the 50-plus minute “Ideas 2 Go” presentation that was shown in the Oct. 9 standing-room-only NACS Show general session.

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. The featured stores/companies are: El Carajo of Miami, Fla.; Tri Star Services LLC (Twice Daily) of Nashville, Tenn.; Delek US Holdings Inc. (MAPCO Express) of Clarksville, Tenn.; California Marketplace Pet Stop (WagsPark Shell) of Newtown, Ohio; Sterling Fresh Foods LLC (Sterling Xpress) of New Orleans, La.; Diaz Market of Metairie, La.; Brew Thru of Jockey’s Ridge, N.C.; Sampson-Bladen Oil Co. (Han-Dee Hugo’s)/Cravings Steaks & Seafood of Duck, N.C.; and RaceTrac Petroleum of Smyrna, Ga.

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Core-Mark, U.S. Oil Open GAIN Clean Fuel Station in Aurora, Colo.

Core-Mark Holding Co. last week announced with U.S. Oil the grand opening of the first new GAIN Clean Fuel station in Aurora, Colo. This marks the third compressed natural gas (CNG) station opened by Core-Mark and the first of five in partnership with U.S. Oil.

Core-Mark has two company owned and dedicated CNG stations in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and Corona, Calif. This new GAIN Clean Fuel station in Aurora represents a partnership between the two companies and is open to the public. Four additional GAIN Clean Fuel stations are expected to open near Core-Mark Divisions by the first quarter of 2015: Sanford, N.C.; Smyrna, Ga.; Tampa, Fla.; and Forrest City, Ark.

Core-Mark’s commitment to CNG began with conversion of its fleet, with more than 100 CNG tractors on the road today and another 100 expected by the end of the year. One of the main advantages of converting fleets to CNG is that it is a cost-effective alternative to diesel fuel, offering a savings of more than $2 per gallon equivalent under current market conditions.

“We are excited about our partnership with U.S. Oil,” said Thomas Perkins, president and chief executive officer of Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. “The transition from diesel to CNG will allow us to purchase more environmentally friendly fuel, reduce our carbon footprint and lower our transportation costs.”

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