Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

GACSPAC 2015 Golf Tournament

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April 28, 2015
Canongate 1
Sharpsburg, GA

GACS 2015 Annual Convention

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June 28, 2015 - June 30, 2015
Ritz Carlton
Amelia Island, FL

Exhibitors - 2015 Southern Convenience Store and Petroleum Show

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November 11, 2015 - November 12, 2015
Macon Centreplex
Macon, GA

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    Upcoming EMV Requirements

    April 17, 2015

    By Chuck Ralls, Petroleum Services Group

    ​I’m sure many of you are still recovering from the PCI upgrades that were mandated a few years back. The cost of upgrading your POS, pinpads and dispensers to accept encrypted debit hurt many of the single store operators. Some were even forced to close their stores as they were unable to comply with the required changes. More change is coming and it has not been widely publicized. Unless you have attended a major oil meeting or possibly been to a trade show you may not be aware of the coming EMV requirements. If you are asking yourself what is EMV, it stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa. This is the standard that has been established for the operation of integrated circuit cards also known as chip cards. The purpose of this standard is to help reduce the cost of fraud in order to better protect both the buyer and retailer. The integrated chip makes it more difficult for counterfeit cards to be made. With traditional cards, the mag strip on the back can easily be stolen with a card skimmer and then duplicated onto one or more cards. Unlike the mag strip cards, the EMV card will create a unique transaction code each time the card is used. 

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    EPA Settles With API, AFPM Over RFS

    ​April 13, 2015

    Courtesy of CSP Daily News

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accepted a settlement with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) by agreeing to a Nov. 30, 2015, deadline for setting requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The tentative consent decree comes after API and AFPM filed a lawsuit in March over the EPA’s failure to meet congressionally mandated RFS deadlines.

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    Grand Opening: Sixth Sense

    ​April 8, 2015

    Courtesy of CSP

    RaceTrac’s 6K design takes a holistic path to innovation and fun

    By Allison Moran, CEO, RaceTrac

    At RaceTrac, our people are our competitive advantage, and it is our people who continually inspire innovation across our organization.

    When we decided to drastically modify the layout of our existing 5,000-square-foot stores, we felt it was a great opportunity to create a new, distinctive design that took a holistic approach to the store from the perspective of our store team members and our guests. The result was our RT6K model: a 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art store that reflects our brand personality both inside and out.

    We have more than 90 6K stores in operation, with our next 6K opening on West Sandlake Road in Orlando, Fla. The store will showcase RaceTrac’s legacy of innovation, with features such as Swirl World, our proprietary frozen-yogurt offering; an expanded coffee bar; and fresh food options including sandwiches, wraps, salads and whole fruits.

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